Business – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:56:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gleaners Women’s Power Breakfast Kicks Off Million Meals Match Campaign On Thursday, April 19 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:24:57 +0000 Currently one in five Michigan children face hunger. Nearly 300,000 school aged children who live in southeast Michigan are at risk of not having enough food to eat. That number is staggering and honestly heartbreaking.

Most of these school aged children are eligible for free or reduced meals during the week. However, once the weekend and summer vacation hits they often have very little to eat.

On Thursday, April 19 the Gleaners Community Food Bank will be hosting the 25th Annual Women’s Power Breakfast.

This is the kick off event for Gleaners Million Meals Match Campaign. The month-long campaign raises money to help feed children who have food insecurities at home.

For every dollar raised by PNC Bank, Delta and other generous donors will double your donations.

Normally $1 will provide three meals for those in need, but during the Million Meals Match campaign it will mean meals for six children. That means it will go twice as far.

So back to the Women’s Power Breakfast.

This event is a who’s who of Michigan’s most powerful and influential female leaders. These women get stuff done not only in the business world but in the philanthropic world.

Since the Women’s Power Breakfast was started in 1994 they have raised over $3.2 million for hungry children.

This is a great opportunity to network and to learn about Gleaners and the work that they do to help with food insecurity.

Tickets for the event are $125 per person and $85 if you are under 35.

The 25th Annual Gleaners Women’s Power Breakfast will be on Thursday, April 19 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

The event will take place at Little Caesars Arena 2645 Woodward Avenue Detroit 48201.

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PODCAST: Exporting Detroit’s Products To The World, Zoo Poo, Brush Park, Buddy’s Pizza Rumors & More Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:01:43 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018:

  • Brush Park could see another residential development
  • The Fillmore will go quiet for renovations
  • Detroit’s Project Greenlight safety program expands to a school
  • It’s getting more expensive to finance a car
  • A hot pizza rumor involving Buddy’s right near Comerica Park
  • The Detroit Zoo is giving away free poo in partnership with Detroit Dirt.. here’s how you get it
  • And a conversation with Sandra Choi from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation about a program that connects Detroit businesses of all kinds to the world

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PODCAST: Affordable Home Prices, Pizza News, A Marvel Mortgage Cameo, Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes & More Tue, 03 Apr 2018 01:56:22 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for Monday, April 2. Here are our stories:

  • Wayne County is among the most affordable places in the nation to buy a home.
  • Detroit Bus Service changes are coming
  • Fuel economy standards may be changing
  • Detroiters line up for free pizza…. and the pizza bots are coming
  • A locally based company is going to be front and center in an upcoming Marvel Studios movie
  • International Dark Sky week is coming
  • And Sven caught up with the CEO of Forgotten Harvest, Kirk Mayes, for a conversation on food insecurity in Metro Detroit

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News Byte: Macomb County Clerk Is Out, Gov Talks Transit & Roads, Belle Isle Boat Launch? And More Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:53:35 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast for Tuesday, March 27th, 2018.

  • Macomb County’s Clerk is out the door, thanks to a judge’s ruling
  • Governor Rick Snyder talks transit and roads with Sven
  • Belle Isle might get a public boat launch and is studying it
  • Wayne State University is expanding the footprint of a theatre and moving a historic building
  • Carhartt has some new Detroit Tigers swag
  • Comerica Bank and Hope Closet are looking to help low-income families get prom dresses, and you can help
  • And Bookstock is returning for you bookworms out there

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A Photo Tour Inside The New Amazon Fulfillment Center In Livonia Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:41:28 +0000 Friday morning we had the opportunity to go on a tour of the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Livonia.

The facility is huge, at over 1 million square feet. To put that in perspective it is roughly the size of 28 football fields.

Below is a narrative audio piece from our News Byte podcast for the tour and has the rest of the story.

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Eastern Market Micro-Grant Program Kicks Off To Support Local Food, Local Businesses Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:49:01 +0000

Everyone knows about Flower Day, or going to Eastern Market on Saturdays to pick up some fresh, local food. But there’s a lot more to the market than just farmers and stalls.

One of their many programs is the Eastern Market Growing Communities initiative. Over the last five years the project, in partnership with crowd-funder, has invested more than half a million dollars into small businesses. Those small businesses invest in the city and hire people.

In the podcast above, we talked to Brandon Seng from Michigan Farm to Freezer, a recent winner of a grant who moved their business to the city, as well as Dan Carmody, head of Eastern Market, talks about the program and its impact.

Here’s what you need to know.

The application process starts today – March 20.

If you’re interested in a micro-grant, your business needs to be based in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck but also meet one of a few different criteria. Below are all the nitty-gritty details, direct from Eastern Market:

EMGC Eligibility (companies meeting one of the following criteria):

  • Businesses that sell in the Sheds at Eastern Market. Business must be current in rent and other obligations and have completed one complete season at Eastern Market.
  • Eastern Market District Businesses (bricks and mortar retail, wholesale or production facilities).
  • Business must own or lease a facility in the district bound by Canfield Street, Service Street, I-75 and Chene Street.
  • Detroit Community Markets businesses ( which have completed one complete season at a neighborhood market.
  • Detroit Kitchen Connect Participants
  • Business must be current in rent and other obligations.
  • Urban Growers which operate on land owned outright or secured by a permit or lease in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park.

EMGC is again teaming up with in order to give grantees a greater opportunity to get an increased amount of funding to support their business organizations through a crowd funding page on the platform.

For each dollar raised, Eastern Market Growing Communities will match it up to a maximum of $3000 per grantee.

New for 2018, EMGC is teaming up with the following organizations to provide additional services to awarded grantees: Momentum Bookkeeping – Pro bono Quickbooks/chart of accounts setup and training for up to 5 awardees. Miller Canfield PLC Pro bono legal assistance for 5 awardees.

Types of Funding Requests Available:

  • Equipment
  • Land
  • District Business Signage, Canopies or Lighting

EMGC 2018 Micro-grant Timeline:

Online application submission begins: March 20, 2018

Online application submission ends: Friday, April 6, 2018

Application review period: April 9th – April 13, 2018

Crowd funding training: April 16 – April 27, 2018

Soft Launch of fundraising campaign: April 28 – May 13, 2018

Official start of 2018 EMGC fundraising campaign: May 14 – June 22, 2018

Final Crowd Funding amounts with Matching Awards Announced: June 30, 2018

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2016 Hatch Detroit Winners Meta Physica To Open In Corktown Tuesday Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:39:13 +0000 If you are in need of a bit of self care, I have some great news for you.

Meta Physica Wellness Center will open on Tuesday, March 20.

The wellness center in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood will offer a full range of massages, full-spectrum infrared saunas, acupuncture and a raw juice bar.

Eventually, Meta Physica will add community workshops that focus on wellness and health.

The co-owners of Meta Physica Wellness Center, Jenaveve Biernat and Anahi Hollis won the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest. They ended up taking home the grand prize of $50,000. They used the money to open this new location.

Meta Physica will have an open house on Tuesday, March 20 from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m.

To celebrate the grand opening there will be free chair massages, raw juice samples, facility tours, snacks and music throughout the day.

Hours: Monday 12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Meta Physica Wellness Center is located at 1701 Trumbull Avenue Suite 3 Detroit, Michigan 48216 

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REPORTS: Ford May Buy Michigan Central Station.. Or It Might Be A Tenant In It Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:22:25 +0000 Ford’s first cars were built in the city of Detroit, in a garage over on Bagley street where the Michigan Building now stands.

Recently, the automaker that has for years has made Dearborn their home is again putting money back in the city of Detroit.

The possible deal would open a new chapter for the 1913 Beaux Arts building and will change the Corktown neighborhood, adding what could be a thousand employees to what’s been one of the hottest residential neighborhoods in the city.

As of this writing, 3:11 p.m., there are two story tracks.

Crain’s Detroit Business is reporting that Ford would buy it, and the deal could close as early as next month.

The Detroit News is reporting that Ford would be a major tenant in a project, but would not be the purchaser and a transaction is not imminent. 

It’s important to note a deal isn’t done.

“We’re always working to bring an opportunity to the train station. When we do get a serious entity looking at it, those are details we don’t share. At this time, we don’t have any deal to report.” – Michael Samhat, president of Crown Enterprises, told Crain’s.

Multiple sources confirm to Daily Detroit that Ford has been looking at the property for awhile now.

So something’s definitely afoot.

The 504,000 square foot building has sat empty under the ownership of billionaire Matty Maroun’s Crown Enterprises. The Maroun family also owns the Ambassador Bridge.

Michigan Central Station has been one of Detroit’s largest symbols of decline. It was built as a “Temple of Transportation,” and in a way, under the ownership of a car company, it would be again.

Detroit-based companies, especially the automakers, have struggled to attract and retain talent as Detroit’s sprawling suburbs aren’t as appealing to millennial workers as cities like Chicago or New York.

Metro Detroit has among the lowest percentage of millenial residents in the nation.

The train station — along with a long-rumored QLINE extension that would connect that neighborhood — may be seen as a more attractive option than the sprawling Ford campus in Dearborn.

Ford recently moved 220 employees to the Corktown neighborhood to focus on next-generation mobility.

If a Michigan Central Station project were to happen, this isn’t the first foray into city mega projects for Ford. The iconic General Motors Renaissance Center was the idea of Henry Ford II and financed by Ford Motor Company in the 1970s.

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25 Detroit Businesses Get Grants To Improve Their Street Appeal Through Motor City Re-Store Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:16:40 +0000 25 Detroit business are getting $300,000 in matching grants to improve the street appeal and exteriors of their businesses.

Motor City Re-Store, a program started last year by the city of Detroit and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, awarded the grants Thursday.

A matching grant means that businesses will have to put in an equivalent amount of their own money. Grants are awarded for both design and construction.

These second round of winners are in 20 of the city’s neighborhoods and include a wide range of businesses including restaurants, an auto parts supplier and even a furniture store.

76% of them are minority-owned and about a quarter are woman-owned, according to the city.

The program provides about $2 million annually in matching grants. Motor City Re-Store is accepting applications for their next round through April 2.

Business owners and landlords must apply jointly for 50 percent matching grants up to $25,000.

Multiple businesses applying as a group are eligible for 75 percent matching grants.

Eight companies been awarded a total of $164,700 in construction grants:

Green Dot Stables, owner Jacques Driscoll, $14,700 – 2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Hubbard Richard

Infinite Dzigns, owner Ray Chambliss, $15,000 – 19605 Grand River Ave., Minock Park

Rebound Design and Build, owner Steven Harris, $25,000 – 9413 John R. St., North End

Richard Bennett & Associates, owner Richard Bennett, $25,000 – 470 Brainard St., Midtown

Robinson Furniture, owner Scott Bradley, $15,000 – 3180 E. Jefferson Ave., Rivertown

Team LBR, owner Larry B. Rivers, $25,000 – 20122 Livernois Ave., Green Acres

The Final Kut, owner Kevin Ingram, $20,000 – 13303 W. Seven Mile Rd., Greenwich

Transformation Barbershop, owner Kevin Tubbs, $25,000 – 9407 John R. St., North End

Seventeen businesses have been awarded a total of $129,000 in design grants:

Annointed Construction, LLC, owner David Fouche, $7,200 – 17418 Wyoming Ave., Bagley

Atlas Plumbing Supply Co., owner Marc Wolf, $10,000 – 3439 Gratiot Ave., McDougall-Hunt

Belle Isle Pizza, owner Leor Barak, $10,000 – 7869 E. Jefferson Ave., West Village

Crash Auto Parts, LLC, owner Dragan Sibinovic, $7,200 – 3465 S. Fort St., Boynton

Crystal Clear Images, owner Crystal Mitchell, $6,000 – 15627 W. McNichols Rd., St. Mary’s

Dolex Dollar Express, owner Mario Kiwi, $8,000 – 7840 W. Vernor Hwy., Springwells

Grootka, Inc. DBA PJ’s Lager House, owner Paul Ryder, $10,000 – 1254 Michigan Ave., Corktown

Headliners Barber Shop, owner Anthony Donald, $6,000 – 20848 W. Seven Mile Rd., Evergreen Lahser

Jefferson Chevrolet DBA Trader Ray Tire Center, owner Brian Tellier, $6,000 – 2130 E. Jefferson Ave., Rivertown

JGP Investments, owner Fred Pickens, $7,200 – 15918 W. McNichols Rd., College Park

MG Income Tax & Multiservices, Inc., owner Miguel A. Garza Jr., $10,000 – 1006 Springwells St., Southwest

Morales Enterprises, owner Yolanda Morales, $6,000 – 8340 W. Vernor Hwy., Springwells

People’s Restaurant Equipment Co., owner Dante Corsi, $7,200 – 2209 Gratiot Ave., Eastern Market

Rivers Realty, Inc./Rivers Investment, owner Ron Rivers, $10,000 – 18222 Livernois Ave., University District

The Neighborhood Schoolhouse, owner Stephanie Glenn, $6,000 – 12845 Conant St., Banglatown

The Studio, owner Patty Dukes-Jordan, $4,200 – 12835 Conant St., Banglatown

Timeout Sports Bar, owner Mashelle Sykes, $8,000 – 16801 Plymouth Rd., Joy Community

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All Things Detroit Branches Out Into A Conversation Series Highlight Detroit’s Small Businesses Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:50:07 +0000
All Things Detroit has become one of the biggest shopping events in the city. More than 12,000 people attend the event that happens three times a year.

The event now has over 250 vendors and food trucks set up throughout Eastern Market. Next up for founder Jennyfer Crawford is a You Tube video series where she interviews business owners as a way to introduce them and their products to the public.

“I kind of came up with it because I wanted to think of a way to showcase the businesses more and make the audience fall in love with their products, with not even the products, with the person,” said Crawford. “Because I feel like if you fall in love with the person and they have a great product it just makes it even better.”

All Things Detroit started in her one bedroom apartment five years ago. Crawford looked at the community of makers and doers and wanted to find a way to shine a spotlight on them.

“s it grew over the five years is when I started to develop an even more on my vision to know, okay these people are just like me. We all want to be successful. I just had a lot of time to think about what would make this event different,” said Crawford.

One of the more popular slogans and T-shirts around town, is “Detroit Hustles Harder.” Crawford says, the small businesses that are part of All Things Detroit all have that hustle that is synonyms with the city. She has an explanation as to why that is.

“It’s all about the business, but it’s also about taking chances. I always say that, ‘Chances make champions.’ I quit my job with no money. I was so focused on how to help people and how to help people like myself. That’s kind of like how the community and whole thing came about is just focusing on people and trying to help people just like myself.

To inspire them to actually accomplish what it is that they want to do. We’re most happy in life doing what we love so if people are there to support you and your community supports you within doing that, that’s when you’re able to feed your family. Also, do you know what? People are supporting your dream. We are supporting dreams with this community.”

All Things Detroit conversations can be found here. As for the event itself, the next one is on Sunday March 25th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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