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Motor City Match announces Round 13 winners, welcomes past awardee to Detroit’s Eastside in ribbon-cutting ceremony

November 19, 2018

  • Senator Peters joins DEGC to welcome Coyote Hawk Design Center to Eastside in ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Round 13 cash awardees’ businesses span 10 Detroit neighborhoods
  • Winners represent 84 percent minority- and 76 percent women-owned businesses

NOVEMBER 19, 2018 (DETROIT) – Today, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s (DEGC) Motor City Match (MCM) program announced 10 new businesses, across 10 Detroit neighborhoods as the latest to be awarded a total of $500,000 in its Round 13 award ceremony.

The event was held at Coyote Hawk Design Center, a Round 7 cash awardee. During the ceremony, DEGC leadership and U.S. Senator Gary Peters joined Coyote Hawk owner Mark Maynard to celebrate the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The collaborative co-working facility for designers and entrepreneurs is located at 3106 Bellevue St. in the city’s Islandview neighborhood.

“Motor City Match has always been about creating density in our commercial corridors and providing opportunity for entrepreneurs that want to serve its residents,” said Mayor Mike Duggan, “This program has created opportunity for business owners like Mark, so he can, in turn, create opportunity for other entrepreneurs in the city.”

Maynard, along with his business partners, Steven Cooper and Mara Neering, received a $45,000 cash grant award to assist with renovating their co-working facility, a 104-year-old former broom factory built in 1914. The business also received an MCM design award in a previous round.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and Motor City Match’s efforts are helping entrepreneurs build their dreams in neighborhoods across Detroit,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters. “Congratulations to Coyote Hawk Design Center on their grand opening, and to all of the new businesses who will be able to use this funding to grow their companies, create jobs and serve their local communities.”

Coyote Hawk will offer creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to lease desk space within the building through twice-annual style memberships. The open floor plan features the essential amenities including a conference room equipped with smart technology, a full kitchen and lounge area, as well as an art gallery. The gallery features pieces by local artist and Coyote Hawk tenant, Bahamas Biennale, who features emerging national artists with a focus on sculpture. Other local companies already planned to occupy space in the facility are Quarter Horse, a furniture design company, Archgeometer, an acoustic design company, and Maynard’s speaker company, Wesley & Kemp.

“Our vision for Coyote Hawk was to create a space where forward-thinking designers and entrepreneurs can pursue their dreams right here in Detroit,” said Maynard. “Motor City Match’s support extended far beyond the cash grant we received. Their team provided guidance and encouragement every step of the way, truly dedicating themselves to helping us make the space a reality. Thanks to their support along with countless others, Coyote Hawk now offers a home for new and emerging designers in Detroit.”

In good company, Coyote Hawk is the sixth MCM business to open in this area joining former awardees, The Commons, Live Cycle Delight and 8044 Kercheval. Their arrival to the neighborhood furthers the DEGC’s commitment to creating density in the city’s underserved neighborhoods.

Motor City Match continues to grow Detroit’s small-business landscape

As MCM closes out its third year since launching in 2015, the program has succeeded in aiding more than 1,200 entrepreneurs through 13 rounds. Through its pipeline of resources MCM, has awarded $6.5M in cash grants to 149 entrepreneurs on their journey from “idea to open.” Combined with its other small business programming, DEGC is creating a sustainable small business environment that nurtures new concepts and ideas. Other business owners have received a variety of other critical services, including finance workshops, design, technical and business planning assistance, and business/building matchmaking.

“After three years and a continuously expanding pipeline of resources, MCM is helping to create opportunity for passionate entrepreneurs to strengthen Detroit by providing much-needed goods and services to our communities,” said Michael Rafferty, vice president of small business services, DEGC. “As we celebrate 53 open MCM businesses, we can look forward to the future grand openings of our new cohort of winners, much like Coyote Hawk Design Center.”

Among the round 13 awardees:

  • 84 percent are minority-owned businesses
  • 76 percent are women-owned businesses
  • 63 percent are businesses owned by Detroit residents

MCM awards are presented four times a year in four categories: matching cash grant, assistance with business planning, design or location selection. Applications are available quarterly. Round 15 applications will be open Nov. 30 – Jan. 4, 2018.

About Motor City Match

Motor City Match is a unique partnership between the City of Detroit, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Competitive financial assistance is supported by a broad partnership of Southeast Michigan community development financial institutions and corporations including, Bank of America, Fifth Third Bank, Ford Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Foundation, Hudson Webber Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, New Economy Initiative and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Motor City Match applications are available quarterly. The next window for building and business owners to apply will be November 30, to January 4, 2019. Application details are available at

Motor City Match Round 13 Cash Awardees

  • NOIS (Neighborhood Office and Incubator Space) – $100,000
    • Co-working space with retail store and coffee shop
    • 2910 E. Jefferson Ave.
  • Textures by Nefertiti – $70,000
    • Holistic all-inclusive hair spa
    • 6525 Woodward Ave.
  • Toss & Sauce – $60,000
    • Redefined signature Chef inspired Pizzeria
    • 18613 Livernois Ave.
  • Michigan and Trumbull – $55,000
    • A Detroit-style pizza company
    • 1439 W. Elizabeth St.
  • Eats All Good – $50,000
    • Vegan, gluten-free snacks
    • 2910 E. Jefferson Ave.
  • Order THY Steps Learning Center – $50,000
    • Childcare development and learning center
    • 10605 Mack Ave.
  • Poppies/Rose’s Fine Food – $50,000
    • Full-service restaurant and bakery serving Polish inspired fare
    • 1400 Van Dyke Rd.
  • Mt. Elliott Studios – $25,000
    • Co-working art and design space
    • 2915 Mt. Elliott St.
  • The Lip Bar LLC – $20,000
    • Vegan & Cruelty-Free cosmetic company
    • Shinola Annex 1400 Woodward Ave.
  • The Vehicle Services Group, LLC – $20,000
    • Mobile vehicle steam detailing service
    • 309 Harper Ave.

Motor City Match Round 13 Business Plan Awardees

  • 12th Street Entertainment, LLC
  • 313 Believe
  • A Notch Higher, LLC
  • Beaute Anthologie, LLC
  • Black Sugar
  • Blessed Beginnings Learning Center
  • Brows by Andy
  • Chasey Wasey, LLC
  • Curd & Cured
  • Detroit Gourmet Salt Company, LLC
  • Detroit Smash
  • Warren BBQ
  • Hunters Jewelry Repair Center, Inc.
  • Innovative Learning Centers
  • J29:11
  • , D., & L.
  • Little Dreamers Night Care
  • Locs of Love
  • MAD Mitten LLC
  • Mature Real Estate Services, LLC
  • My Little Writers Academy
  • Nefertiti’s Water Adventures
  • Fit, LLC
  • Period Box, LLC
  • Pitter Patter Princess, LLC
  • Reliable Notary and Administrative Needs
  • Run’n
  • Seed & Bone
  • Shield Gym
  • Tamika’s Home Healthcare
  • The Imaginarium of Detroit
  • The Moss Project
  • Untitled x Anonymous
  • Viva La Vida Imports
  • Viz-ionist Creative Studio

Motor City Match Round 13 Space Awardees

  • Adulu Dance Studio
  • Cochraninc
  • CommodiTeas, LLC
  • Detroit Dough, LLC
  • Detroit Kindred
  • Diamond Smiles Dentistry, P.C.
  • Downtown Hound
  • Eiram’s Childcare
  • Evolution Hair Company
  • Hoop Run, LLC
  • I AM Real Estate
  • Just Like Home Support System
  • Lana’s Bake Shop
  • MCS Financial Services, Inc.
  • MDDD, Inc.
  • MI Mobile Pet Care, Inc.
  • Nu Sol Bowls/Living4LifeWellness
  • Red Panda, LLC
  • Saturday Morning Cereal Bar
  • Searchkey, Inc.
  • Strictly Sportswear, LLC
  • Superior Care Solutions, LLC
  • Year-Round Playground