D2D Buyer Ready Business: Advance Plumbing Heating & Supply Company

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Advance Plumbing Heating & Supply Company is a single-source premier plumbing and heating supply distributor to plumbers, builders, interior designers, kitchen and bath dealers, and home owners who want to upgrade a kitchen or bathroom. In addition to offering reputable and top-of-the-line brands, Advance Plumbing specializes in providing fully-functional period-appropriate replacement plumbing and heating parts for Detroit’s historic homes. Advance Plumbing is a fourth-generation family-owned business that has been in Detroit for 97 years, and is led by Jeffrey Moss, president and owner.

What is the history and background of Advance Plumbing Heating & Supply Company?

The company was started in Detroit 97 years ago by my grandfather and has remained in the family, and in Detroit, ever since. Advance Plumbing continues to serve area businesses and homeowners, especially providing period-appropriate restoration plumbing supplies, even steam boilers, to many of Detroit’s historic homes. In addition to offering a wide array of reputable and leading-edge products, we source products for the specialized restoration market and from unique plumbing sources worldwide. Recently, we moved to a new headquarters to Midtown to open Detroit’s first-ever decorative plumbing showroom in the spring of 2017. Our new showroom will be open to the public and our offices and warehouse are already in place at the same location, in an historic building built in 1918 that is a little older than Advance Plumbing. Restoring the building’s façade is our contribution to beautifying Cass Ave.

What are some of Advance Plumbing Heating & Supply Company’s notable clients?

Clients with name recognition include: Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy, Motor City Casino, MGM Casino and the new Little Caesar’s Arena. Other notable clients include the many contractors and designers from the suburbs who are now working in Detroit to accommodate all the building projects related to the city’s resurgence. 

Why did Advance Plumbing Heating & Supply Company move to a new Detroit headquarters?

It’s been a dream of mine to open a decorative plumbing showroom in Detroit to offer the latest, greatest and most beautiful plumbing products to the residents and businesses of our home town. Our new location offers the space we need to accommodate every aspect of the business, in addition to the decorative showroom. In the past, we were repairing homes and businesses throughout the city. Now, we’re helping to rebuild the city by supplying to contractors who are developing new structures as part of the city’s resurgence. DEGC was very helpful throughout the entire process, especially in finding our new headquarters location, providing information on tax abatements and grants, facilitating the review and approval of the local tax abatement, and marketing our business to other Detroit-based businesses. We also received a Motor City Match grant, which supported numerous aspects of the relocation process. 

What are the benefits of connecting with other Detroit businesses?

For generations, we have had a front-row seat as Detroit moved through history, some of which was not kind to the city or its residents. Now, there is a new Detroit emerging, and a great number of services are needed to accommodate the rapid growth and development. Connecting with other Detroit-based businesses to meet these demands not only supports these businesses and keeps jobs in the city, it also helps to develop a community of business owners who are dedicated to helping Detroit prosper again.

Lily Hamburger
Small Business Development Manager

DDA Approves Integrated Development Plan for Three Downtown Sites

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The City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently approved a term sheet for a plan that will complete the circle of development around Campus Martius Park, including the Monroe Block, the block immediately northeast which contains the historical National Theatre building and the Bates Garage.

The Monroe Blocks conceptual design plan envisions a mixed-use development consisting of office, residential and retail space with ample parking and public spaces. The area is bounded by Randolph Street, Bates Street, Cadillac Square and Monroe Avenue.

The first phase, the Monroe Block, would contain 600,000 sq. ft. of space, including 35,000 sq. ft. of retail space, in a 20-story office tower. The second phase, the National Theatre block and Bates Garage, would contain 225,000 sq. ft. of space, including 25,000 sq. ft. of retail space, in a 16-story residential tower.

Rosko Development Company LLC, an affiliate of Bedrock Real Estate Services, is the developer.

Moddie Turay
Executive Vice President of Real Estate and Financial Services

Motor City Match Looking to Jumpstart 2017 with More Small Business Growth


As the Motor City Match program begins to look forward to 2017, it’s hard not to be optimistic for the new year. The program has helped make Detroit one of the most welcoming cities in the nation when it comes to supporting small businesses.

Since its inception, Motor City Match has supported nearly 500 businesses. Two-thirds of those businesses are owned by Detroiters and more than 70 percent are minority-owned. Not all of the businesses are open yet, but they are all actively making progress. In the coming months, we will see several more coffee shops, art centers, health care facilities, small manufacturers, and service providers open or expand in the heart of Detroit neighborhoods.

The program has awarded a total of $2.3 million in grants to date. When combined with each entrepreneurs’ personal investment and traditional financing, the grants have helped leverage a total of $14 million invested in Detroit’s neighborhood corridors. Several areas of the city are quickly becoming hot spots for Motor City Match businesses, including Jefferson-Chalmers, West Village, Corktown and the Avenue of Fashion at Livernois and 7 Mile.

Entrepreneurs and property owners still interested in applying for support through Motor City Match have one more opportunity before the end of the year. Applications will be open from December 1, 2016 through January 1, 2017.

There will be an information session on December 20 to answer questions about the application process. The event will be held from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Bel Air Luxury Cinema, 10100 E. 8 Mile Rd., Detroit. To register for the information session and review Motor City Match qualification requirements and program guidelines, please visit www.MotorCityMatch.com.

Michael Forsyth
Director of Small Business Services

NEIdeas Announces Winning Businesses

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Two Detroit businesses, Detroit Training Center, a workforce training center, and Louisiana Creole Gumbo, a restaurant and caterer, were the big winners of $100,000 each in the NEIdeas challenge announced last month.

Thirty other businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park received $10,000 each as part of the NEIdeas competition. All the more than 640 businesses that applied will receive technical assistance to help grow their businesses. A complete list of winners can be found on the NEIdeas website.

Detroit Training Center will use its funds to expand its commercial driver license certification program by purchasing new tractor-trailers for student test-driving and increase marketing of the program. Louisiana Creole Gumbo will buy mobile food trucks with built-in hot and cold facilities to serve customers across Detroit.

Of this year’s winners, 75 percent are minority owned and nearly 60 percent are women owned. The winning businesses range in age from three to 94 years old and operate in fields as varied as construction, education, farming, food, manufacturing, retail, service, technology and transportation.

NEIdeas operates in partnership with DEGC, which participated in the jury process and led an outreach program providing small businesses with information and guidance in the application process.

“Over the past three years, NEIdeas has given us the opportunity to connect with more than 1,700 small businesses in the city,” said Rodrick T. Miller, president and CEO, DEGC. “NEIdeas, with its focus on existing businesses, is a critical piece of Detroit’s small business support system. This system is essential in helping every Detroiter participate in our economic expansion.”

The New Economy Initiative (NEI) is a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM). NEI is one of the largest economic development initiatives of its kind working to build a network of support for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The mission of NEI is to create an inclusive, innovative, and regional culture by reawakening and leveraging Detroit’s creative entrepreneurial drive.  NEI receives funds from 12 foundations, including the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Michael Rafferty
Vice President of Small Business Services   

D2D Buyer Ready Business: Eagle Specialties, LLC – Taryn Sulkes, President and CEO

Cropped_Eagle.Specialties_Sulkes_headshotEagle Specialties, LLC, is a provider of specialty products to the commercial construction industry, supplying primarily to new building and renovation projects within Michigan, northern Ohio and anywhere within the continental U.S. The company supplies items such as window shades and blinds, toilet partitions and accessories, lockers and wire mesh partitions, fire extinguishers and cabinets and cubicle track and curtains, just to name a few.

Founded in 2014 by President and CEO Taryn Sulkes, along with three other individuals with 30+ years of experience in the commercial construction industry, the company is a certified Native American, woman-owned business based in Detroit.

What is the history and background of Eagle Specialties, LLC?

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. When I was ready to start my own business, I started looking at the opportunities coming into the state and realized that business was booming in the commercial construction industry. I found a specialty niche in providing the things that every building needs, but that most people don’t often think about.

Who are Eagle Specialties, LLC’s notable clients?

For Little Caesars Arena, through the Barton Malow-Hunt-White JV, we furnished 300w_Eagle.Specialties.1temporary fire extinguishers, fire extinguisher stands and certification tags. Working with Walbridge, we provided specialty items for the new Marathon Oil administration building. We’ve also worked with Integrity Developers, Inc., on the U.S. District Courthouse in Hammond, IN., to provide roller window shades.

Why does Eagle Specialties, LLC, have a Detroit headquarters?

The majority of commercial construction activity in southeast Michigan is in Detroit. As a certified Detroit-based business, we find we have greater opportunities to bid on these projects because many contractors are Detroit-based and support the economic development of the community. We are located in the Grandmont neighborhood on the city’s west side.

What are the benefits of connecting with other Detroit businesses?

300w-Eagle.Specialties.MMSDC PhotoWe’ve had a great experience getting to know other minority business executives in the construction industry and have gained knowledge from their experiences. We also like being able to connect with others in the Detroit business community and help other businesses grow. We share referrals with other Detroit businesses because we all have the same goal: to help keep jobs in Detroit and keep Detroit businesses up and running.

Lily Hamburger

Small Business Development Manager