Motor City Match Celebrates Second Round of Winners

Ali-Wali Child Care Center

On January 25, Mayor Mike Duggan announced the second round of businesses and properties that will share a combined $500,000 in grants to help them open or expand in Detroit’s neighborhood corridors through Motor City Match. Funding for the 10 neighborhood small business projects ranged from $10,000 to $100,000 to help fill gaps in capital needed for the build out or equipment purchase at their locations.

For the first time, building owners were among those to receive grant funding through Motor City Match. Round 2 winners include:

  • I’m Here LLC — $100,000: I’m Here LLC owns the historic Hunter’s Supper Club located at 19344-19350 Livernois Ave. The property and business development company was a “top property” in Round 1 of Motor City Match. Their grant will help support building and façade improvements that will allow the property to house several exciting new businesses, including Round 2 Motor City Match awardee Slyde restaurant.
  • Slyde Restaurant — $45,000: A slider restaurant that uses locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, Slyde will locate in I’m Here LLC’s location at the former Hunter’s Supper Club building on Livernois.
  • Resurget Cineribus LLC — $85,000: A leading a mixed-use redevelopment at 8044 Kercheval Avenue in the West Village business district. The property was listed as a “top property” for new business in Round 1. Their grant will support building improvements that will allow them to host new tenants.
  • Beautiful Bridal LLC — $50,000: A bridal gown boutique opening on E. Jefferson that is co-owned by Vallery Hyduk and reality TV star Keasha Rigsby of “Say Yes to the Dress.
  • Astute Artistry — $50,000: Astute Artistry is a licensed trade school for fashion, film and makeup opening in southwest Detroit.
  • Pharmacy 4 Less — $75,000: An independent retail pharmacy that is expanding to offer patient consultation, prescription and non-prescription products on Gratiot Avenue.
  • Ali-Wali Child Care Center — $10,000: A one of a kind Islamic childcare center that models Montessori education opening in Detroit’s Banglatown neighborhood.
  • Woodbridge Bikes and Coffee — $20,000: A lifestyle retail boutique that will specialize in the commuting cyclist.
  • R&L Color Graphics — $30,000: A graphics, printing and publishing company that documents family legacies in the form of obituaries and photo biographies.
  • Detroit Sip — $35,000: A community gathering space selling Detroit-produced coffee, tea, doughnuts, pastries and other hometown products.

In addition to grants, Motor City Match also announced businesses that will receive business planning assistance, match-making support between businesses and Detroit’s top available properties, and architectural assistance to plan for renovations.

With this latest announcement, Motor City Match has assisted nearly 200 businesses, awarded $1 million in grants, and identified 150 real estate opportunities representing nearly 1.5 million square feet of development potential in Detroit neighborhoods.

The next applications window for businesses looking to apply to Motor City Match opens on March 1 and closes April 1. Qualification requirements, program guidelines and other application details are available at www.MotorCityMatch.com.

Michael Forsyth
Director, Small Business Programs

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