32 small businesses get grants from Detroit's Motor City Match. Who they are
Detroit’s Motor City Match program announced Wednesday it was awarding cash grants to 32 more businesses in the city.
The Round 21 small business 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 program’s restore track, which is funded by the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan Act that aimed to provide COVID-19 relief.
The 17 new businesses represent 15 different Detroit neighborhoods in seven council districts.
Tracy Reese, the founder and creative director of Hope for Flowers, received a $55,000 grant. Her sustainable fashion business is located at Franklin Wright Settlements YouthVille Center, but it will move to a new space at 119 Garfield Ave. in Detroit. The business hosts classes and workshops for youth and adults. Reese hopes the new space will have more room for people to attend classes, which she said are typically overflowing.
"We're excited to be able to move into our own flagship and really expand on our programming and the development of our collections," Reese said. She is aiming to open the new space by the middle of April.
The city program supports small businesses in six ways: planning, developing, designing, restoring, selling a building or receiving cash.
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The program decided during its 21st round to offer matched funds to existing businesses.
"We saw during the pandemic that we had a lot of legacy Detroit businesses that stuck it out," said Drew Lucco, director of Motor City Match. "They changed the way they did things to make sure that they survived in their neighborhoods. And while some of the restrictions from the pandemic have been lifted, the effects are not over for most business owners. So we heard loud and clear from our businesses in the neighborhoods that they 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 D.B.A Balance & Yoga Flow Studio, a yoga and meditation space to practice physical and mental wellbeing: $25,000.
A+Fabrics LLC, a store that sells upholstery fabrics at a discounted rate: $35,000.
Boarding House Hospitality-Adelaide’s Superette, a general store that sells breakfast tacos: $40,000.
Our Gathering Place, a community space with a café: $40,000.
The Red Hook, New Center, and The Red Hook, Midtown, a coffee, pastry and wine café: $45,000.
The Wildemere LLC, a bar and grill: $50,000.
Channel One Event Venue, a space for all occasions: $50,000.
Youthnique, a center for entrepreneurship education and startups: $50,000.
Hope for Flowers L3C, a space for fashion design education and training: $55,000.
Natural-ish, a beauty supply store and salon: $65,000.
TT Sip-n-Read, a book bar that serves wine and coffee: $65,000.
Detroit Future Ops, a workforce development and construction technical assistance business: $65,000.
House of African Prints, a space that sells traditional Ghanaian beads and fabric: $70,000.
Al-Ahmed Halal Processing LLC, a Halal butcher and processor for wholesale and retail: $75,000.
Dream Estates, an assisted living space for low-income, elderly and people with different abilities: $75,000.
Canfield Consortium, a coffee shop: $75,000.
Neighborhood Grocery, a grocery store in Jefferson-Chalmers: $85,000.
Here are the existing businesses and what they received:
Omnia Inc. D.B.A. NINE Design+Homes, a furniture, art and décor store: $25,000.
Good Cookies LLC, a bakery and café: $21,390.
Good Times on the Ave LLC, a restaurant and bar: $25,000.
Good Cakes and Bakes, a bakeshop: $25,000.
VMX International LLC, a commercial waste management service: $25,000.
Sherwood Forest Art Gallery, a family-owned art gallery: $25,000.
Dymond Design Beauty School, a cosmetology school: $25,000.
Brewery Faisan, a microbrewery and taproom: $25,000.
The Turkey Grill, a restaurant: $25,000.
Lush Yummies Pie Company LLC, a bakery: $18,000.
Megan M. Faircloth DDS PLLC/Harbortown Dental Care, a dental office: $25,000.
The Trap Yoga and Massage Studio, a yoga and massage space: $10,750.
Celebrity Car Wash & Detail, a car wash business: $22,000.
Gigi’s Birdcage LLC, a LGBTQ+ nightclub: $25,000.
Audio Engineers of Detroit, a recording studio: $19,000.
To learn more, visit the program’s website at motorcitymatch.com.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: 32 small businesses win grants from Detroit's Motor City Match program