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Motor City Match connects new and expanding businesses with Detroit’s quality real estate opportunities, providing them with funding and tools to fuel the city’s entrepreneurial revolution.

Vincent Little Jr & 269 Walker St

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Vincent Little Jr. Vincent owns 269 Walker St which is the home to his downtown UPS store. The facility face 100’s square ft. for your business as well. He shares the story of his space and how you can join the location matching your business to the riverfront Detroit experience.

269 Walker St is a motor City Match property ready for your business. Visit www.motorcitymatch.com to find out more information about placing your business in this location.

Interview with Vincent Little Jr. by Khary Frazier

Vince Little Jr.: My name is Vince Little and I am the owner of this building and also the owner of the UPS store, which is a tenant in this building. We are in the Rivertown area, just a couple blocks from the River Walk. So right down the street is Harbortown, and to the West of us is the Renaissance Center.

Khary Frazier: Okay, 269 Walker St. is where we’re at, and that’s what people have the opportunity for with Motor City Match. So what type of tenant do you think could use this space and take advantage of their business dreams?

V: Wow, you know, that’s a dynamic question. I’ve seen so many people do Motor City Match, and I don’t wanna give away some of the folks that are interested, but I’m thinking maybe a bakery or light manufacturing type of location, retail. There’s really, you know, no limit to the different types of business that could thrive here. Lot of things going on on the East river front. New walkways, new pathways, so it’s just going to bring a lot of folks down here, so yeah, you know, there’s just no limit to the number of businesses that could thrive in this area.

I was in the Harbortown Shopping Center with the UPS store, and then, well we started to outgrow the space and we were looking for more space to better serve our customers, and this building became available, and I was just fortunate enough to be able to purchase it.

You know, this is a big building—much bigger than I anticipated, so there’s several different areas. We have 8,000 sq. ft. upstairs that could be subdivided, or maybe someone wants the entire space. I also have two smaller spaces, both of them approximately 1,500 sq. ft. on the lower level. None of it is developed. This used to be a warehouse kind of building on the lower level. So it’s kind of warehouse-y-ish now. So, you know, so the sky’s the limit on what they can do with the space, and they can totally put new doors, new windows, new entrances are all fair game in this area.

K: Alright, so, as you talk about subdividing and changing things up, how open are you to someone coming in with their own people to contract and blueprints and ideas like that—could you be open to me bringing in my own people?

V: Sure. And that’s with—I have a prospective tenant right now who’s bringing in a firm from Motor City Match, an architect with her own ideas, and I have very little—whatever she wants to do. It’s an open canvas. So I hope she dreams to her heart’s content and it comes to fruition.

Sure, well my phone number is (248) 464-1180. Or I’m also listed on the Motor City Match website with contact information: email address and phone number is on there as well.

K: Thank you so much!

V: Okay, thank you!

What is Motor City Match?

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Right now is a better time than any to start a business. As America has transitioned from the Industrial age into the Information age the reliance upon employees has lessened. Staffing agencies today facilitate the hiring process of millions of Americans who essentially serve roles as independent contractors. Since the turn of the century 1099 employment has been one of the most prevalent trends of American business. Fundamentally many people who consider themselves employed are entrepreneurs. The American Dream of completing school and working for a company till retirement has shifted. Tools like Quickbooks, Invoicetogo, and Paypal along with an array of others work on behalf of businesses to assist in executing tasks.

My commitment to business runs deep and has been taught since I was a child. My father has run Greg Frazier CPA/PC which specializes in specific computer developed solutions for clients for over 20 years. My grandparents Don and Vel Scott ran Vel’s on the Circle nightclub for over 25 years in what now has become the medical district of Cleveland OH. Growing up I witnessed the success, challenges, growth, and budgeting of entrepreneurial capital (time, money, network, and differentiation). In Metro-Detroit what was odd to most, has always been familiar to me.

Motor City Match is a program supported by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and run by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. In 2015 the program launched to provide Detroit entrepreneurs access to facilities and cash to spark their businesses. Detroit is Different profiles these entrepreneurs that have started their businesses ranging from childcare to restaurants.

Motor City Match has business development tracks for business planning education to know how much, what type of, and when funds are needed for development. The most important component of Motor City Match is the relationship between entrepreneurs seeking space/s to conduct business and commercial property owners seeking businesses to lease/ rent/ or purchase their space.

Here is an overview of what Motor City Match is from Motor City Match winners and the Motor City Match team:

Amaze-EnJoyment with Antoine & Collette Gulley

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“AmazE-EnJoyment (AEJ) is an Early Childhood community Center that will operate inside a church servicing 57 children ages 2-4 years old. (AEJ) Early Childhood hands-on program will operate as a day care from 5am – 7pm, five days a week; its Wrap-around services (early bird drop-off/late night pick-up) are five days a week Monday – Friday 5 am-12 midnight for the needs of community patrons.

Enrichment Services: tutoring offered to children ages 3 to 12 years old. Small Zumba and/or Line dancing classes (hours TBD by clients’ needs) AEJ plans on opening its State funded (Great Start Readiness Program-GSRP) Childhood/community Center by Summer 2016.

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Black Pride Beauty with Deborah Glass

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Deborah Glass is an inventor and an entrepreneur. Deborah designed a Comb-N-Weave for her daughter and now she’s taken that idea into a grand vision, Black Pride Beauty. Black Pride Beauty’s Comb-N-Weave helps women all over the world that wear hair extensions by providing a safer way to add on hair. Deborah Glass hires veteran’s and others with well-paying jobs. Black Pride Beauty provides vendors, beauticians, and wholesalers products and more. Watch the feature on Deborah Glass and Black Pride Beauty.

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J&G Pallets and Trucking with Les Lance

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J&G Pallets began in 1992 in the backyard of their home. Currently have 21 employees most of which currently live in Detroit. Located just on the edge of an industrial community and Eastside residential community…located 5 minutes from Eastern Market, Downtown Detroit and 2 major automotive plants. J&G Pallets is a resource for all manufacturers and warehouses in Metro-Detroit.

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