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News Release: Motor City Match Names Next Round of Winners

April 11, 2016

DETROIT – Mayor Mike Duggan announced today the third round of Detroit businesses to receive a combined $500,000 in grant funding through Motor City Match. Funding for the nine small business projects in Detroit neighborhoods ranged from $18,000 to $100,000 and included a diverse mix of restaurants, retail and professional service businesses.

“It’s been amazing to watch this program grow and see the creativity and hustle that Detroiters are putting into their business ideas,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said. “We have everything from a 96 year old Detroit plumbing businesses opening a showroom in Midtown to a new wine and charcuterie shop in West Village to an African-American hair care company that has patented their own Comb-N-Weave hair extensions. Businesses like these are the fiber of our neighborhood corridors and Motor City Match is making them happen.”

Launched by Mayor Duggan in partnership with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) last year, Motor City Match connects new and expanding businesses with Detroit real estate opportunities and provides them with the funding and technical support needed to help them succeed.

Since launching last year, Motor City Match has received more than 2,000 applications from business and building owners. The program has since served nearly 300 business owners and more than 180 commercial properties spanning all corners of the city. The program has awarded total of $1.5 million in grants during the first three award rounds, which business owners have leveraged into $10.5 million in investments in neighborhood businesses.

“There are so many Detroiters out there who have dreamed of starting their own business, and Motor City Match is giving them that extra nudge they need to take the next step,” said Detroit Economic Growth Corporation CEO Rodrick Miller. “Whether someone needs help creating a business plan, needs support planning their building renovations or is in need of some extra financing, Motor City Match is going to help get that dream from idea to open.”

Now in its third round, two-thirds of Motor City Match awardees have been from Detroit, and 70 percent of winning businesses have been minority-owned.

The next application window for building and business owners to apply to Motor City Match will be open from June 1 to July 1. Application details are available at