Business in Transient: 11/18/21 | Business
Treasury: Be aware of cybersecurity
LANSING – Although the state’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month was held in October, the Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding residents to be aware of cybersecurity threats and to combat tax-related identity theft.
Michigan Treasury tips include:
- Connect to the Internet only through secure, password-protected networks
- Don’t click links or pop-ups, open attachments, or reply to emails from people you don’t know
- Do not respond to requests for personal information
- Limit the sharing of information by checking the privacy settings of social media accounts
- Trust your intuition
- Protect all accounts and devices with a password of at least 12 characters and do not use the same password twice
For more information on the Michigan Cyber Initiative, visit Michigan.gov/cybersecurity.
USDA awards $ 243 million in grants
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has raised more than $ 243 million in grants through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative.
The USDA is investing $ 169.9 million through the SCBGP “to help farmers grow specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and nursery crops,” according to a press release. The Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board is one of the SCBGP recipients. A full list of SCBGP scholars can be found at www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/awards.
The USDA awarded nearly $ 74 million to 21 awardees through the SCRI. A full list of SCRI scholars can be found at go.usa.gov/xM97N.
Unemployment registrants have to register
LANSING – Unemployed people filing a new benefit claim now must register for work with Michigan Works! Employees and verify their registration either with a personal or virtual appointment.
“Registration with Michigan Works! Not only does it qualify for unemployment benefit, it also gives unemployed workers a great advantage in finding any of the 114,000 available jobs listed by employers on Pure Michigan Talent Connect, ”said Julia Dale, director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency, in a Press release. “Job registration is also helpful for employers in recruiting job applicants at a time when recruiting has been difficult.”
To register for a job, applicants must complete the following two steps: First, visit MiTalent.org to create a job seeker profile on Pure Michigan Talent Connect. Second, meet up with staff from a local Michigan Works! Service Center either virtually or in person at least one working day before the first certification (claimants must certify that they are entitled to services every two weeks).
Failure to Meet with Michigan Works! Service center staff to check your registration could delay the payment of unemployment benefits.
Visit the UIA website at Michigan.gov/UIA for more information about work registration. For a list of local Michigan factories! For Service Centers, visit MichiganWorks.org or call (800) 285-WORKS.
Applications for the promotion of invasive species open
TRAVERSE CITY – Up to $ 25,600 in grants is available for organizations devoted to educating about aquatic invasive species.
Funding requests can range from $ 1,000 to $ 3,000 and do not require local agreement or cost sharing. Clean Boats, Clean Waters grants can be used for a variety of activities including signage, invasive species removal tools such as plant removal tools, sponges and towels, and time for staff to conduct watercraft inspections and demonstrations of boat cleaning techniques.
Eligible applicants include lake associations, water catchment areas, local or tribal government units, and nonprofits. Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas are encouraged to support local groups in their area applying for CBCW grant funding or pursuing funding from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program to achieve activity for boaters.
Interested groups can now apply for a grant on the Clean Boats, Clean Waters website, https://www.canr.msu.edu/clean_boats_clean_waters/.
The application deadline is December 17th. This is a competitive funding option and full applications will be ranked based on eligibility, importance of the project and overall strategy.
Accepted scholarship holders will be notified of their award in February.