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Motor City Match Awards Round Two Grants Across Detroit

Photo courtesy Michelle and Chris Gerard

Grants, business planning, and financial planning assistance were awarded to nearly 100 applicants in Motor City Match's Second Round. Ten small business projects were awarded grants totaling $500,000, 50 entrepreneurs will receive business planning classes, and 32 businesses will be matched with a building in the city.

The largest grant went to I'm Here LLC, which is redeveloping the historic Hunter's Supper Club located on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion. Their $100,000 will help support a mixed-use development with multiple spaces for small businesses.

Resurget Cineribus LLC also received funding this round, which will help jump start the mixed-use redevelopment at 8044 Kercheval Avenue in West Village (next to Sister Pie).

Other grant winners include:
Beautiful Bridal LLC, a bridal gown boutique co-owned by Vallery Hyduk and reality TV star Keasha Rigsby of "Say Yes to the Dress" opening on E. Jefferson;
Astute Artistry, a licensed trade school for fashion, film and makeup opening in southwest Detroit;
Pharmacy 4 Less, an independent retail pharmacy that is expanding to offer patient consultation, prescription and non-prescription products on Gratiot Avenue
Ali-Wali Child Care Center, a one of a kind Islamic childcare center that models Montessori education opening in the Banglatown neighborhood.
Woodbridge Bikes and Coffee, a lifestyle retail boutique that will specialize in the commuting cyclist.
R&L Color Graphics, a graphics, printing and publishing company that documents family legacies in the form of obituaries and photo biographies.
Detroit Sip, A community gathering space selling Detroit-produced coffee, tea, doughnuts, pastries and other hometown products.

Motor City Match was launched by Mayor Mike Duggan in partnership with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) last year, with the goal of helping businesses grow in Detroit.

We're thrilled with the variety of businesses chosen throughout the neighborhoods.

Business and building owners can apply quarterly for Motor City Match. The deadline for the next round is April 1.

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