Tier One Supplier YFS Bringing Production and Research Facility to Detroit


Outsourcing to Detroit is becoming more and more of a reality. Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), working with the City of Detroit and Michigan Economic Development Corp., successfully facilitated a $1.3 million Michigan Strategic Fund Business Development Program performance-based grant to YFS Automotive Systems, a Chinese-based automotive supplier with U.S. headquarters in Gallatin, Tenn. The company expects to invest a total of $26.9 million in Detroit at a site that will be announced at a later date. 

YFS is planning to construct a 150,000 sq. ft. facility to design, test, and manufacture automotive fuel system components. It is expected to employ 50 people when it opens, and up to 160 at full capacity. The site will have room for a proposed 100,000 sq. ft. future expansion. YSF hopes to start production by July 2017.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said, “This is an important step for YFS and Detroit. Manufacturing investments can provide good opportunities for Detroiters, and Detroit has great potential for attracting more investments and creating even more jobs in the future.”

Rodrick T. Miller, CEO of DEGC said, “This significant investment by a Chinese manufacturer underscores Detroit’s global advantage as a hub of automotive research, design, and assembly.”

In addition to the support from Michigan Strategic Fund, YFS also expects to apply for a tax abatement from the Detroit City Council. It is also requesting assistance from Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) to help it develop its workforce.

Tracie Tillinger
Business Development Manager

Family Fair Food Center Shines for its Customers


Suhel Kizi is always looking for ways to improve the shopping experience for customers at his Family Fair Food Center in Lafayette Park, so when he heard about the Green Grocer Façade Improvement Program from DEGC’s Olga Stella at a Chaldean Chamber of Commerce meeting, he was intrigued. Several years after their meeting, the Family Fair Food Center shines inside and out.

The DEGC Green Grocer Project Façade Improvement Program enables Detroit grocery store owners or tenants to enhance the visual appearance of their stores – and improve the grocery sector overall in the city of Detroit – by offering 50/50 matching grants. The Program also provides matching grants for building and parking lot improvements.

“Today we have windows where cement walls used to be. All of the exterior signage in new, including a tall sign at the corner of our new parking lot,” Kizi said.

The 27,000-sq-ft interior selling space of the full-service grocery store was completely renovated, including new freezers, lighting, aisle markers, signage and shelving.

Kizi also operates Harbortown Market on East Jefferson, Azteca Supermercado on Central, and Holly Foods in Holly. The Harbortown Market also received a grant from the façade program.

“It’s a great program that does a good job to help people improve the grocery stores in Detroit,” Kizi said.

Mimi Pledl
Program Manager, Green Grocer Project

D2D Buyer Ready Business: All Inclusive Security & Investigation – Al Coleman, CEO


All Inclusive Security & Investigation provides a wide variety of security solutions including armed and unarmed security guards; alarm and camera equipment; process services for legal matters; and investigative services. All Inclusive also provides classes in domestic violence anger management and misdemeanor morality. CEO Afford A. Coleman founded All Inclusive eight years ago, fulfilling his dream as a veteran and former law enforcement officer to form a company to assist people and provide safety solutions.

All Inclusive Security & Investigation was recently awarded both a Detroit small business certificate and a minority business certificate from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. Its other certifications include the Michigan Department of Transportation business enterprise certificate and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs small business certificate.

Who are some of your clients?
Our clients include The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Midtown Detroit Inc., Motown Montessori School, several churches in the city, A&M Machining LLC, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Midtown’s Urban Partnership Bank and Roncelli Construction Inc. Our clientele is city-wide, ranging from Detroit’s east side to its west side.

How do you want your company to impact Detroit in the long term?
We want to be involved in the economic growth of the City by providing a safe environment for local businesses, their patrons and residents.

In the future, I envision All Inclusive Security & Investigation expanding by providing services to more diverse group of businesses. Eventually we want to be a household name.

Lastly, we’d like to expand our workforce as the business grows. My goal is to hire veterans because I know what great dependable, hard-working people they are.

What is the All Inclusive Security & Investigation culture all about?
Our team consists of about 20 people who take security and safety very seriously. Personally, as a retired police detective I have the “protect and serve” mindset to provide service to people who need it.

What companies have you collaborated with in Detroit as suppliers?
All Inclusive Security & Investigation collaborates with and gets uniforms and equipment from Enterprise Uniform Company on E. Grand Boulevard and Sherwood Forest Art Gallery on Livernois Ave for signage and framing. Small Business Association (SBA), Michigan Minority Contractors Association (MMCA)

As well as Detroit Economic Growth (D2D) for the opportunity to network with Developers and Contractors for upcoming projects in the City of Detroit.

When you can connect with another Detroit businesses, what benefits does that bring?
Collaboration with other companies provides a win-win environment for not only the businesses but the community as well by contributing to overall economic growth of the City of Detroit.

Brian Watkins
D2D Program Manager




Motor City Match Opens Second Round of Building Applications


Motor City Match is accepting its second round of building applications through September 1, 2015. This Building Owner Track is for Detroit building owners looking to lease vacant commercial space to quality businesses. Buildings must be structurally sound, in good standing and benefit the community as outlined in program guidelines.

Motor City Match helps businesses locate and thrive in Detroit by matching the best businesses from the city and around the world with Detroit’s best available real estate. The program provides competitive grants, loans and technical assistance to help building and business owners realize their dreams in Detroit.

Applicants will qualify for one of four award categories:

  1. Get Ready – Applicants who meet basic eligibility criteria will have their property listed as available on the Motor City Match website.
  2. Make a Match – Building owners reaching this level will receive a building assessment and be marketed as a top destination for new business in Detroit. These building owners will receive 1:1 match making with top businesses from the Business Track. Up to 25 businesses and 25 building owners will reach the Make a Match category.
  3. Make a Plan – Building and business owners at this stage have recently signed a lease but need help planning building renovations and tenant improvements. These participants will receive design/build assistance, connections to Detroit builders, financial planning assistance, and priority permitting. Up to seven building owners and seven businesses will reach the Make a Plan category.
  4. Match Your Cash – Applicants reaching this round will already have a tenant secured, a plan for build-out and strong of understanding of the money needed to complete building renovations at the space. At this point, building and business owners will have the opportunity to apply to Motor City Match lending partners for financing. If there are gaps in financing, applicants will be considered for 1:1 matching grants that are paid on a reimbursement basis. Up to 10 grant awards will be issued per round for a total of $500,000 to both building and business owners. Maximum grant awards are $100,000 per project.

For more information and to apply by September 1, 2015 visit www.motorcitymatch.com/building-owner.

Michael Forsyth
Motor City Match Program Manager

Outdoor Adventure Center Now Open in Downtown Detroit


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a ribbon cutting at its new Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) in downtown Detroit in early July to celebrate its grand opening to the public. Located on Detroit’s riverfront in the historic Globe Building with the Dequindre Cut Trail running right through its backyard, the Center brings Michigan’s treasured outdoors downtown.

At the OAC, visitors will learn how the DNR manages state parks, forests, wildlife and fish, as well as have opportunities to climb burr oak trees, step on a real airplane and observe the aquarium operated by the Belle Isle Aquarium.

The DNR’s Outdoor Adventure Center is located at 1801 Atwater Street in Detroit. Visit the OAC website: www.michigan.gov/outdooradventure

Tiffini D. Smith
Director of Communications