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Supporting Small Business Growth

At the center of Detroit’s economic revitalization is our robust small-business community. Home-grown restaurants, retail and other stores are bringing all corners of the city to life. Small businesses are transforming Detroit into a more walkable place–from major thoroughfares like Woodward, to neighborhoods throughout the city. DEGC provides a host of resources to help startups and established businesses grow, succeed and generate even more economic vitality.


Motor City Match

Businesses looking to start in Detroit can apply for site-selection assistance and financial help to open for business. Motor City Match is growing commercial corridors in Detroit’s many neighborhoods and providing more opportunities for residents to buy their goods and services close to home. Whether you have the next great business idea, or you’ve recently signed a lease and started building your dream, Motor City Match will help you do it in Detroit.

Motor City Re-Store

Motor City Re-Store gives Detroit’s neighborhood businesses a boost in curb appeal through matching grants that improve their storefronts, making Detroit’s commercial corridors more walkable, more attractive, and better for business.

District Business Liaisons

What are DBLs? These seven district representatives serve a sole purpose – to create an optimal environment for doing business in Detroit. DBLs are advocates for business owners in each city council district within the city of Detroit.


Keeping revenue in the city and Detroiters employed is the goal of D2D. This program connects buyers and sellers in the city’s robust B2B market to increase local procurement and business revenues.

Neighborhood Retail Study

The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) recently commissioned a study to learn how to recapture some of the $2.6 billion that leaves the city limits annually – money residents spend in Detroit’s suburbs because the products and services they need are simply not available in their neighborhoods. With the knowledge of specific buying habits, we can work with retailers to mitigate business risk and help neighborhoods fill vacant storefronts.

Small Business Resources

Detroit’s small-business owners have many resources available to improve their skills, operations and networks. Through the BizGrid, small businesses gain access to over 80 service providers across the city of Detroit.