32 Small Businesses Win Grants From Detroit’s Motor City Match Program
detroit motor city party The program announced Wednesday that it was awarding cash grants to 32 more businesses in the city.
Small business Round 21 winners will receive funding from a pool of $1.3 million. There are 17 new businesses that will receive grants from a pool of $965,000. The other $341,000 in cash grants will go to 15 existing businesses through the restoration route of the program, which is funded by the Biden administration’s American Rescue Act that was intended to provide relief from COVID-19.
The 17 new businesses represent 15 different Detroit neighborhoods in seven boroughs.
Tracy Reese, founder and creative director of Hope for Flowers, received a $55,000 grant. Her sustainable fashion business is located at the Franklin Wright Settlements YouthVille Center, but she will be moving to a new space at 119 Garfield Ave. in Detroit. The business offers classes and workshops for youth and adults. Reese hopes the new space will have more space for people to attend classes, which she says are often overflowing.
“We’re excited to be able to move into our own flagship and really expand our programming and collection development,” said Reese. His goal is to open the new space in mid-April.
The city’s program supports small businesses in six ways: planning, development, design, restoration, selling a building, or receiving cash.
More:Beyoncé will play Ford Field in July as part of the Renaissance Tour; ticket information now available
More:Metro Detroit nonprofits take to the streets to count the region’s homeless
The program decided during its 21st round to offer matching funds to existing businesses.
“During the pandemic we saw that we had a lot of legacy Detroit businesses that survived,” said Drew Lucco, director of Motor City Match. “They changed the way they did things to make sure they survived in their neighborhoods. And while some of the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, the effects aren’t over for most business owners. So we heard loud and clear. of our businesses in the neighborhoods that needed help.
So far, the city said its program has helped 143 small businesses open their brick-and-mortar spaces.
Here are the new businesses and what they will receive:
- Irby Enterprises Company DBA Yoga Balance and Flow Studioa yoga and meditation space to practice physical and mental well-being: $25,000.
- A+Fabrics LLCa store that sells upholstery fabric at a discount price: $35,000.
- Boarding House Hospitality-Adelaide’s Superettea general store that sells breakfast tacos: $40,000.
- Our meeting placea community space with a cafeteria: $40,000.
- The Red Hook, New Center and The Red Hook, Midtowncoffee, pastry and wine bar: $45,000.
- The Wildemere LLCa bar and grill: $50,000.
- channel one event venuea space for all occasions: $50,000.
- youtha business education center and start-ups: $50,000.
- Hope for flowers L3Ca space for education and training in fashion design: $55,000.
- natural-isha store and beauty salon: $65,000.
- TT slurp and reada book bar serving wine and coffee: $65,000.
- Future Detroit OperationsConstruction technical assistance and workforce development company: $65,000.
- House of African Printsa space that sells traditional Ghanaian beads and fabrics: $70,000.
- Al-Ahmed Halal Processing LLCa Halal butcher and processor for wholesalers and retailers: $75,000.
- dream estatesan assisted living space for people with low incomes, seniors and people with disabilities: $75,000.
- Canfield Consortiuma cafeteria: $75,000.
- Neighborhood Grocery Storea grocery store in Jefferson-Chalmers: $85,000.
Here are the existing businesses and what they received:
- Omnia Inc. DBA NINE Design+Homesfurniture, art and decoration store: $25,000.
- Good Cookies LLCa bakery and cafeteria: $21,390.
- Good Times on the Ave LLCrestaurant and bar: $25,000.
- Good cakes and pastriesa bakery: $25,000.
- VMX International LLCa commercial waste management service: $25,000.
- Sherwood Forest Art Gallerya family art gallery: $25,000.
- Dymond Design Beauty Schoola cosmetology school: $25,000.
- Pheasant Brewerya microbrewery and taproom: $25,000.
- the turkey grilla restaurant: $25,000.
- Lush Yummies Pie Company LLCa bakery: $18,000.
- Megan M. Faircloth DDS PLLC/Dental Care of Harbortowna dental office: $25,000.
- The Trap Yoga and Massage Studioa yoga and massage space: $10,750.
- Celebrity car wash and detailinga car wash business: $22,000.
- Gigi’s Birdcage LLCan LGBTQ+ nightclub: $25,000.
- Detroit Audio Engineersa recording studio: $19,000.
For more information, visit the program website at motorcitymatch.com.