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Meet the Round 3 Winners

April 11, 2016

Advance Plumbing & Heating Supply Co. $100,000 Winner

Advance Plumbing is a fourth-generation, family owned business located on 2984 Grand River Ave. in Detroit. Their $1.76 million expansion to a decorative showroom in Midtown is expected to create 10 to 15 new jobs.

Assemble Sound, LLC. $100,000 Winner

Assemble Sound is a collaborative music studio created to close the gap between the commercial and creative production of music. The core of the business is licensing Detroit music for use TV, Film, and Commercial Advertising. The studio is located in a historic church at 2300 17th St. near the Michigan Central Station.

Mack Avenue Community Church (Developer) and The Commons (Tenant) $80,000 Winner

Mack Avenue Community Church (MACC) Development will be leasing their property at 7900 Mack Avenue to a for-profit limited liability subsidiary of MACC called “The Commons,” a dynamic combination of café and coin laundry with free Wi-Fi and desktop computer use. The Commons aims to anchor the community by providing high quality products and services the neighborhood currently lacks. It will reinvest revenues in growing new businesses in the area. 

Black Pride Beauty LLC. $60,000 Winner

Black Pride Beauty LLC is an African-American hair care company that manufactures and wholesales a patented product called the Comb-N-Weave, a healthy and simple way for women to wear hair extensions without the damage caused from traditional methods. Black Pride Beauty plans to employ 10 to 30 veterans and community members at their new location at 1111 Bellevue St.

Always Brewing Detroit $45,000 Winner

Located at 19180 Grand River Avenue, Always Brewing Detroit is a café and community gathering space looking fill a much-needed gap in a commercial corridor lacking any sit-down restaurants by building a commercial kitchen serving a full menu of local foods.

DMEX Printing $35,000 Winner

DMEX is a Motor City Match Round 1 “Design” Awardee that has been serving Detroit’s Spanish and bilingual print needs for over 13 years. A Round 3 cash award will help the business expand into a new space on 7226 W Vernor with increased parking and easier accessibility to accommodate their growing customer base.

Brix Wine and Charcuterie LLC $32,000 Winner

Located at 7960 Kercheval, Brix is a Wine and Charcuterie Boutique that will sell smoked meats, cheeses, chocolates, retail merchandise, and wines under $30. Brix aims to employ community members, source locally produced goods, and collaborate with a culinary school to establish an internship program for students.

Bamboo Detroit $30,000 Winner

Bamboo Detroit is a co-working space expanding to a new location on 1420 Washington Boulevard that will help them better serve their growing client list of local entrepreneurs. Bamboo Detroit’s goal is to build a diverse and collaborative community that empowers others to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams.

Mama Coo’s Boutique $18,000 Winner

Mama Coo’s Boutique is an upscale resale and vintage boutique planning to cosign pieces from local artists. It supports the community through clothing drives, donations, and silent auctions for various organizations. The business will open at 1707 Trumbull in the Corktown neighborhood.

Additional Motor City Match Winners and Statistics

Other Round III Winners

50 applicants received Business Plan awards for a free business planning courses. These entrepreneurs have great business ideas but have not yet formulated their plans or need help strengthening their plans before pursuing space.

  • 80% are minority owned businesses and nearly two-thirds are women-owned businesses
  • 64% are Detroiters, while 34% of entrepreneurs will be coming from outside the city.
  • 30 businesses received Space awards, which connect new or existing businesses with top available Detroit real estate and financial planning assistance. These applicants can be new business ventures with a strong business plan or existing businesses looking to maintain and grow into a new space.
  • 30% of businesses are looking to move or expand from Michigan into Detroit
  • Nearly 75% of businesses are women-owned, over half are minority-women owned.

7 businesses received Design awards for free architectural support and other assistance to design and plan their renovations in their selected locations.

  • 1 new business and 6 existing businesses looking to expand in Detroit
  • 5 of 7 are female-owned businesses

Motor City Match Facts After Three Rounds of Award Winners

  • More than 2,000 business and building owners have applied to the program.
  • Nearly 300 businesses and more than 180 properties served to-date.
  • Two-thirds of business winners are from Detroit.
  • 70 percent of business winners are minority-owned businesses.
  • $1.5 million in Motor City Match grants has leveraged $10.5 million in investment in Detroit neighborhood businesses.
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