Supporting Small Business in Detroit

FROM: Glen W. Long, Jr., Chief Financial Officer, Interim President & CEO

DEGC’s marquee programs for Detroit small businesses — Motor City Match and Motor City Re-Store — are grabbing some great headlines, but they are just part of the array of resources DEGC can draw on to help small businesses succeed in our city.

Recently, we were able to provide Red Dunn Kitchen with gap financing — in partnership with its senior lenders — from a small pool of funds we have available from a federal grant for loans to small businesses. We also helped the owners of The Inn at 97 Winder qualify for property tax exemptions under the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act (OPRA).

Currently, we’re working with a group of people to provide a small business loan and a tax abatement incentive that they can use with their equity to fund their start-up, and yes, we are working with the owner of Henry the Hatter as that business considers moving to a new location.

Small businesses in neighborhoods across the city are an important part of the fabric of their communities. We’re adding staff in order to keep up with demand. At DEGC, we work hard every day to find ways to support small businesses as they open and grow in Detroit.

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Detroit commercial property owners and entrepreneurs have yet another opportunity to receive support in growing their business. The next round of Motor City Match applications is open from June 1 to July 1.

The program aims to help revitalize Detroit’s neighborhood corridors by pairing vacant commercial property with new and expanding businesses and giving them the support they need to succeed. Applicants can receive various levels of support, including: free business planning classes, match-making between building owners and entrepreneurs, architectural design and other technical assistance, and up to $100,000 in grant funding.

With $500,000 in grant funding available, each quarter, Motor City Match is making a significant impact in Detroit’s neighborhoods. So far, the program has awarded $1.5 million in grant funding that has helped leverage roughly $10.5 million in local business investment.

Among the businesses to receive Motor City Match grant funding is the Detroit Training Center, which provides training and education to prepare Detroiters with the skills and licensing needed to work in high-demand industries. The company received a $100,000 Motor City Match grant in the fall of 2015. The additional funding allowed Detroit Training Center to expand into an additional center that offers a commercial driver’s license program and a diesel engine mechanic program.

Patrick Beal, president and credits Motor City Match for helping his company meet new demands, saying, “We could not have done this without the support we received from Motor City Match.”

Motor City Match has served more than 300 businesses and 180 commercial properties since its launch in 2015, with nearly two-thirds of the business winners coming from Detroit. Seventy percent of Motor City Match business winners are minority-owned.

For more information about Motor City Match, including application requirements, please visit

Michael Forsyth

Director of Small Business Programs

NEI Awards $300,000 in Grants to 30 Small Businesses



Thirty small businesses from across Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park each received $10,000 awards on November 2 from the second annual “NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth” challenge.

New Economy Initiative (NEI), a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), launched NEIdeas in May 2014 to celebrate existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park and reward those with the best ideas for business growth.

This was the second year of the two-tiered challenge which has given over $1 million in cash rewards and was open to small businesses at least three years or older. The two types of awards included: $10,000 for 30 businesses grossing under $750,000 annually and $100,000 for two businesses that gross between $750,000 and $5 million annually. The $100k challenge winners will be announced in December.

NEIdeas was operated in partnership with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC). DEGC participated in the jury process and lead an outreach program that featured more than two dozen “Ambassador” organizations and institutions throughout all three cities, providing small businesses with information and guidance throughout the application process.

“Over the past two years, NEIdeas has given us the opportunity to connect with more than 1,100 small businesses in the city,” said Rodrick T. Miller, president & CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. “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.”

Spencer Olinek
Strategic Partnerships Manager

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