Later this month, Motor City Match will announce its 4th round of business winners. After a full year of award winners, Detroit’s signature small business development program is starting to show some real impact in Detroit’s neighborhoods.
Roughly two-thirds of the businesses supported by Motor City Match will be owned by Detroit residents and more than 70 percent will be minority owned. This includes longtime Detroit businesses like R&L Color Graphics, J&G Pallets and Advance Plumbing & Heating Supply that are expanding their operations, as well as new businesses like Brix Wine & Charcuterie in West Village, Beautiful Bridal on East Jefferson and Slyde, a burger restaurant opening on Livernois.
Just as important as the growth of new businesses is the impact they are having in Detroit’s neighborhoods. Third Round Motor City Match grant winning business, The Commons, is a great example. Owned as a for-profit subsidiary of Mack Avenue Community Church (MACC) Development, The Commons will transform an abandoned building at 7900 Mack Ave. into a gathering place for the neighborhood by offering a combination coffee bar and coin laundry facility with free Wi-Fi for customers. MACC Development plans to reinvest revenues from this project to help continue to grow new businesses in the area.
By the end of July, Motor City Match will have served nearly 400 businesses and more than 220 commercial properties. It is generating a pipeline of small business growth that is creating opportunity and spurring the redevelopment of Detroit’s neighborhood corridors.
Director of Small Business Programs