Small business support program Motor City Match to hold info session March 20

Small business support program Motor City Match to hold info session March 20
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There is no reason to just dream of opening or expanding a business in Detroit when there are proactive groups such as Motor City Match around.

Motor City Match, a small-business support program – awards $500,000 every three months in grants to entrepreneurs in Detroit. Its other goal is to connect business owners with quality spaces, business resources and much money.

Applications are due April 1 for round eight of the highly successful Motor City Match program. Nervous to apply? Never fear. Motor City Match will hold an information session and workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. March 20 at TechTown Detroit, located at 440 Burroughs Street in Detroit. It will describe the program and application process and provide detailed assistance for individuals and small-groups.

“Detroit is experiencing a boom in entrepreneurship, with opportunities for long-time Detroiters as well as people coming from across the country,” Michael S. R. Rafferty, Detroit Economic Growth Corp. VP for Small Business, said in a statement. “We’re glad that Detroit has become an attractive place to open up shop, and we’re proud to have created a program that gives Detroiters a chance to participate in their city’s comeback.”

Motor City Match is a 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, foundations and corporations.

Entrepreneur Mikiah Westbrooks expects to open her new bistro, Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique this spring, with the help of a $32,000 matching grant from a previous round of Motor City Match.

“The people at Motor City Match make sure you have everything you need to be successful,” Westbrooks said in a statement. “They helped me finish my business plan, build out the space for my business, and have been an incredibly helpful resource for me as I am going through this process. I would never be as close to opening my boutique as I am without their assistance.”

Motor City Match offers four general levels of assistance to bring businesses from idea to open: a business plan class; helping businesses find brick and mortar spaces; design and permitting assistance as well as a matching cash awards for eligible project financing.

Online registration is available here for anyone interested in this round or future rounds of Motor City Match: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/motor-city-match-round-8-info-session-registration-32657025041

Details and a link to an online application are available at www.MotorCityMatch.com.

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