Detroit Motor City Match The program announced Wednesday that it will provide cash grants to 32 other businesses in the city.
Small Business Round 21 winners will receive funding from a total of $1.3 million. There are 17 new companies that will receive grants out of a total of $965,000. The other $341,000 in cash grants will go to 15 established companies through the program’s restoration pathway, which is funded by the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan Act and is intended to provide relief from COVID-19.
The 17 new businesses represent 15 different Detroit neighborhoods in seven council districts.
Tracy Reese, Founder and Creative Director of Hope for Flowers, received a $55,000 grant. Her sustainable fashion business is located in the Franklin Wright Youth Settlement Center, but is moving to a new space at 119 Garfield Ave. in Detroit. The business hosts classes and workshops for youth and adults. Reese hopes the new venue will have more space for people to attend classes, which she said are usually overcrowded.
“We’re excited to be able to move to our own flagship and really expand our programs and grow our portfolio,” said Reese. They aim to open the new space by mid-April.
City software supports small businesses in six ways: plan, develop, design, restore, sell a building or receive cash.
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In its 21st round, the program decided to offer matching funds to existing companies.
“We’ve seen during the pandemic that we’ve had a lot of legacy businesses in Detroit that have turned them off,” said Drew Loko, director of Motor City Match. “They’ve changed the way they do things to make sure they survive in their neighborhoods. And while some restrictions have been lifted from the pandemic, for most business owners the effects haven’t gone away. So we heard loud and clear from our neighborhood businesses that they need help.”
To date, the city said its program has helped 143 small businesses open brick-and-mortar spaces.
Here’s the new business and what they’ll get:
- Irby Enterprises Company DBA Balance & Yoga Flow StudioYoga and meditation space for physical and mental well-being: $25,000.
- A+ Fabrics LLCa store that sells upholstery fabrics at a discount: $35,000.
- Guest House – Superret AdelaideA general store that sells breakfast tacos: $40,000.
- Our gathering placeCommunity space with coffee shop: $40,000.
- The Red Hook, New Center, and Red Hook, DowntownCoffee, pastry, and wine café: $45,000.
- The Wildemere LLCBar and Grill: $50,000.
- The venue of the event is the first channelSpace for all occasions: $50,000.
- He dissuades youEntrepreneurship Education Center and Startups: $50,000.
- Hope Flowers L3CFashion design education and training space: $55,000.
- natural ishBeauty supply store and salon: $65,000.
- TT Sip-n-ReadBook bar serving wine and coffee: $65,000.
- Detroit Future OpsManpower development and construction technical assistance work: $65,000.
- African Prints HouseAn area for selling traditional Ghanaian beads and fabrics: $70,000.
- Al Ahmad Al Halal Manufacturing LLCHalal wholesale and retail butcher and processor: $75,000.
- Dream EstatesAssisted living space for low-income, senior and disabled people: $75,000.
- Canfield UnionCafé: $75,000.
- neighborhood groceryGrocery store in Jefferson Chalmers: $85,000.
Here are the existing businesses and what they received:
- Omnia Inc. db nine design + housesFurniture, art and decoration store: $25,000.
- Good Cookies LLCBakery and Café: $21,390.
- Good times at Ave LLCRestaurant and Bar: $25,000.
- Good cakes and pastriesBakery: $25,000.
- VMX International LLCCommercial waste management service: $25,000.
- Sherwood Forest Art GalleryFamily-owned art gallery: $25,000.
- Diamond Design School of BeautyCosmetology school: $25,000.
- Visan BreweryMicrobrewery and stockroom: $25,000.
- Turkey GrillRestaurant: $25,000.
- Lush Yumies Bay LLCBakery: $18,000.
- Faircloth Megan M. Faircloth DDS PLLC / Harbortown Dental CareDental clinic: $25,000.
- The Trap Yoga and Massage StudioAnd a space for yoga and massage: $10,750.
- Celebrity car wash and detailCar wash business: $22,000.
- Gigi Bird Cage LLCLGBTQ+ nightclub: $25,000.
- Detroit audio engineersRecording studio: $19,000.
To learn more, visit the program’s website at motorcitymatch.com.