Music on the Commons

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MI Small Business Restart Program Grant Deadline Aug 5

Details of the MEDC’s second round of COVID 19 relief grants for small businesses (50 or fewer employees) have been finalized. Click to see FAQ sheet for the application requirements set by the MEDC. The state website for the online application will be available beginning July 15, 2020 and the application period will close August 5, 2020.

Applications will be available at DO NOT send applications to The Right Place... you MUST submit through the state portal that will open July 15th. Any application questions should be addressed through this site, as we will not have the ability to help with site issues.

Grant Eligibility
Businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees, worldwide, located in Michigan who have NOT received a grant under the Michigan Small Business Relief Program (MSBRP) are eligible to apply. (Unfortunately, those who received grant funds in April round are not eligible. Concerns about this have been expressed statewide but this is a requirement we must, unfortunately, follow when awarding for this round).

Businesses must also demonstrate the following:

  • Part of an industry or nonprofit that can demonstrate it has been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency
  • Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses
  • Demonstrates an income loss as a result of the COVID-19 emergency as determined by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF).
Businesses can apply for up to $20,000.

At least 30 percent of the funds awarded under this program will be provided to women-owned, minority-owned or veteran-owned eligible businesses.

After the August 5 deadline: The local volunteer committee will receive all eligible county applicants submitted from the site and review each application to disperse the county’s funds (Funds to award in Lake = $54,000 and in Oceana = $199,000, based on the number of eligible small business applicants). Businesses will be notified of awards and funds will be dispersed no later than September 30, 2020.

Thank you and best of luck with the application!

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Summer Concert Series

Music on the Commons in Downtown HartThe Music on the Commons Summer Concert Series showcases a variety of live musical talent at the Hart Commons complex overlooking Hart Lake.

From rock to folk to jazz, we hope you'll find our free Thursday evening concerts a reason to visit downtown Hart. Come early to enjoy a meal at one of our local eateries and bring your lawn chair or blanket.

The free concert series is held at Hart Commons at the corner of Main Street and State Street on Hart Lake. This tradition has become a valued community gathering, benefiting residents, and businesses alike.

2020 Lineup:

June 18 - The Drew Hale Band
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July 16 - ClusterPluck/ Pluck To Feed
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July 30 - The American Hotel System
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August 13 - Yesterday's Wine
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August 27 - Rocket Fuel Haulers
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Thursday concerts take place from 7-9 PM.

If there is inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Hart Historic District in the Heritage Hall building. We will keep this information updated on our website, Facebook page, and Facebook events.



49 South State Street
P.O. Box 449
Hart, Michigan 49420
Phone (231) 301-8449

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Take Your Business to Hart!

Support Local Businesses GraphicSmall businesses are the backbone of our community and they need our support now more than ever. Support LOCAL and help keep our small business community afloat during these uncertain times. Many local restaurants and retailers are modifying their business models to make it safer to continue to serve you by offering curbside pick-up and delivery options. If you are in a position to do so, please consider supporting a local business today by purchasing merchandise online or a gift card to be used at a later date.

In addition to shopping online, here are some other great ways to support local businesses from the comfort of your home:

  • Engage with them on social media! Like, comment, and share posts from your favorite local businesses to help them reach potential new clients.
  • Leave a review! Now is a great time to share some kind words about the local businesses you frequent and use often. Take a moment to give 5 stars to your go-to lunch spot, favorite boutique, neighborhood dry cleaner, the house painter from last summer, your marketing guru, etc. This is a great way to brighten someone’s day all while helping to spread the word about the great businesses in our community.

Downtown Street Light Banner Project

photo of downtown banner kid artThe Downtown Hart Street Light Banner project launched in 2019 to dress up the streets of downtown with student art and to promote events in Hart!

Working in partnership with the Hart Public Schools, and to promote organizations holding events in Hart, over 40 banners will be hung throughout downtown advertising local events, and the student’s art depicting that they “Love Hart Because...”, the theme chosen by our banner committee for their artwork.

The banners recognize the generous sponsors who helped make this possible. A visit downtown this summer will be an enjoyable walking tour of art and history!