Neighborhoods throughout Detroit are starting to see the results of the Motor City Match program. September saw two grant-winning Motor City Match businesses, Detroit School of Digital Technology and Black Pride Beauty, open their doors. Each of these businesses is a prime example of the broader impact Motor City Match businesses can have on the local community.
On September 15, the Detroit School of Digital Technology (DSDT), a subsidiary of the Berkley-based Astute Artistry, celebrated its opening in the former Third Precinct Police Department on the city’s southwest side. DSDT CEO Jamie Kothe received a $50,000 grant to help complete the renovations to the building. The former cell block of the precinct has been transformed into individual computer stations.
The school is in the process of gaining national accreditation for its programs, which are focused on modern media programs such as graphic design, 3-D printing, and web app coding and development. The accreditation will allow students to apply for federal grants and other forms of financial assistance. In addition to classes, freelance professionals will also be able to rent equipment from DTSD.
Two weeks after the DTSD opening, Motor City Match grant winner Deborah Glass celebrated the September 25 opening of her location on Livernois along Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion. Glass was awarded a $60,000 grant to help her launch Black Pride Beauty, which manufactures and sells the patented Comb-N-Weave. Glass invented the product as a solution to allow women to wear hair extensions without the need to sew or glue the extensions onto the head.
Beyond taking up a vacant storefront, Black Pride Beauty will further benefit the community by working with local prisoner re-entry programs to hire between 10 and 30 former prisoners and provide them with employment.
In October, Black Pride Beauty and DSDT will be joined by several more community-minded Motor City Match businesses including Lil Brilliant Minds, a Head Start and day care center; Artesian Farms, a vertical hydroponic farming facility that has repurposed an abandoned warehouse in the Brightmoor neighborhood; and Third Wave Music, a musical instrument retailer that will offer private lessons and a series of free music classes for the local community.
Motor City Match supports investment in Detroit’s neighborhood commercial corridors by pairing new and expanding businesses with vacant commercial real estate and providing them with the resources to help them succeed. Information about upcoming business openings, Motor City Match events, and application requirements is available at MotorCityMatch.com.
Director of Small Business Services