Photo: Ali Lapetina/Matthew Lewis (NEI)

NEIdeas: 26 Small Businesses Get $10,000 Boost

November 08, 2018 - 8:20 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - More than two dozen small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park are getting a financial boost.

The New Economy Initiative announced Thursday that it is giving 26 businesses $10,000 each to help them grow and expand.

“Though they might lack capital and connections to resources, neighborhood small businesses have no shortage of great ideas for growth,’’ Pam Lewis, NEI’s director, said in a statement. “The NEIdeas challenge accomplished what we set out to do—connecting been-up businesses to a network of support that can help them realize their ambitions and thrive. We’re thrilled to honor another group of neighborhood entrepreneurs and businesses who mean so much to their communities.”

In 2018, 77 percent of NEIdeas winners are minority-owned businesses, and 65 percent are women-owned businesses. They represent a variety of sectors, including service, retail, manufacturing, entertainment, food, creative, medical and more.

The 26 grant winners were chosen from more than 600 businesses that submitted ideas for growth.

Below is a full list of 2018 NEIdeas winners and their ideas:

  • 6301 Michigan Ave. LLC (Detroit, Southwest)
    Idea: Create a co-working space in Southwest Detroit
  • Accent Upholstery (Detroit, East Side)
    Idea: Renovate interior of upholstery business showroom
  • Baskin Tax Service & Insurance Group (Detroit, Southwest)
    Idea: Execute marketing campaign and purchase office equipment for better service to bilingual clientele
  • Coriander LLC (Detroit, Jefferson Chalmers)
    Idea: Expand catering business to sit-down farm-to-table restaurant
  • Denson Construction Services, LLC (Detroit, Islandview)
    Idea: Purchase a pick-up truck for faster delivery of construction materials to customers
  • Detroit Grease (Detroit, NW Goldberg)
    Idea: Expand cooking oil recycling business with purchase of 60 new waste collection containers
  • Detroit Martial Arts Institute (Detroit)
    Idea: Purchase a van, STEM programming, and other instructional materials to offer comprehensive programming for students
  • EnACT Your Future (Detroit, New Center)    
    Idea: Create a video marketing campaign to raise awareness of ACT test prep courses
  • Flo Boutique (Detroit, Midtown)    
    Idea: Redesign interior retail space to increase capacity for inventory and grow sales
  • Fred & Son Recycle (Highland Park)
    Idea: Purchase a used covered van to increase delivery capacity in inclement weather
  • Gaddis Gaming (Detroit, Bagley)
    Idea: Expand line of historical board game figurines to meet growing demand
  • Hall of Fame Driving School (Detroit, Krainz Woods)
    Idea: Purchase a second vehicle to pick-up students without reliable transportation
  • Hollingsworth Facility Maintenance, LLC (Detroit, Northwest)
    Idea: Purchase used truck and new commercial cleaning equipment to increase capacity and service more customers
  • Home Sweet Home Specialty Baked Goods (Detroit, Morningside)
    Idea: Purchase cooking equipment to meet demand for baked goods and scale business
  • La Cuscatleca Inc. (Detroit, Southwest)
    Idea: Revamp interior and expand current offerings to turn Latin-American grocery store into a community hub
  • Mutual Adoration (Detroit, East Side)
    Idea: Buildout camper into a mobile shop
  • The Mushroom Factory (Detroit, Campau/Banglatown)
    Idea: Purchase humidification and fruiting chamber to increase production capacity
  • Nail-Rite Construction Company Inc. (Detroit, Osborn)
    Idea: Bring on and train an estimator to utilize new bidding software and purchase a used vehicle for mobile trade school
  • Natural Red (Detroit, Downtown)
    Idea: Purchase commercial filling and labeling machines to increase productivity
  • Riverfront Building Supply and Hardware LLC (Detroit, Jefferson Chalmers)
    Idea: Invest in showroom renovation and office space buildout
  • Soapstone Soaps LLC (Detroit, Brightmoor)
    Idea: Purchase ingredients and equipment to increase production and scale up to wholesale customers
  • Source Booksellers (Detroit, Midtown)
    Idea: Revamp interior and launch marketing campaign to reinvigorate store for 30th anniversary
  • Swint Logistics Group, Inc. (Detroit, Downtown)
    Idea: Development of dump truck operation training program
  • Town Center Coin Laundry (Hamtramck)
    Idea: Purchase additional washing machines to serve more customers
  • Umi's Comfort (Detroit, Russell Woods)
    Idea: Purchase design software and heavy-duty sewing equipment for growth of quilt sales
  • William & Bonnie (Detroit, New Center)
    Idea: Investment in industrial sewing machines and apprenticeship training