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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.

Skin Bar VII

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Skin Bar VII is the dream brought to life by Kim Jones. The business will be part of Detroit’s historic Avenue of Fashions business district near W Seven Mile Rd and Livernois Ave. Kim is a specialist for bringing the best out of skin care. For years Jones has worked in salons and even barbershops providing her dynamic service. Recently Kim was rewarded with a Motor City Match grant to build out her space. This is her story and vision for Skin Bar VII.

This is my hood, my hood is going to love me, the neighborhood is going to love me, a lot of people in this neighborhood has seen me grow up here, so when you see someone grow up in the younger years, you see them ride a bike down the street, and then they build a business and it’s a successful business, you are drawn to support them, so I got overwhelming support from the neighborhood already before me when I reopened.

My name is Seven and I am the owner of Skin Bar VII

Skin Bar VII is Detroit premier skin care facility. We are at 18951 Livernois between 7 mile and clear reader ,skin care is overall helping with this, I have been into skin care my entire life, I have been doing…,I have over 18 years’ experience in this industry and its one of the key to life very, very much neglected

The motor city match process was serious, it was really really serious but it made a better professional, a better business woman and it made a better leader it really captured what I did, it solidified my business and took it to the professional level because things that you dint think was important are very intricate in the success of your business, so make sure once you get up there, you stay up there.

“Alright, what would you say to somebody watching this right now and has a business and is thinking about motor city match, what advice do you have?”

What I would say to them for one is, follow directions, every single solitary thing that they ask for or application you need to provide it and don’t go scimpy on it, take your time, you need a thorough business plan, you need those financials, you need to do your research, so don’t get discouraged by all the paper work because all the paperwork is very much necessary not just to win from motor city match but overall make you a better business person and to make sure that your business is able to withstand the economy and grow.

Detroit is all good, you know am the expert, I am the guru and they come to me for advice aah I have the results driven, practice and they are happy with the results so I get a lot of love from Detroit. I preferred Motor City Match because I knew that I could win, I was determined to… I was determined to win, because I had a dream, I had a goal and I had a vision and I wanted to do whatever it took if they were to make that happen. I chose this location because this where I grew up back, I grew a couple of streets over, I went to Hamilton Elementary school, I went to Mumford High school. This is home for me , I wanted to contribute to the whole world of bringing me to my community and bringing a business like myself brings back, brings back class, it brings a healthy career for this neighborhood and I have tons of great things I want to bring to this community.

People can get in contact with me by following me on Instagram @skinbarvii, that’s skin bar VII, you can like my page on Facebook page and you can go to www.skinbarvii.com, that’s Skin Bar VII.com.

Montgomery Psychological Services

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Montgomery Psychological Services is a practice led by Dr. Edith Montgomery. Dr. Montgomery has been practicing psychological and counseling services for over 20 years in the Metro-Detroit area. Motor City Match has provided Dr. Montgomery to place an office in the city of Detroit to assist her clients and their families. Providing assistance to children is a key element to Dr. Montgomery’s practice. Here Dr. Montgomery shares the story of her Motor City Match journey and vision for the business. Dr. Edith Montgomery can be contacted at (248)539-3950 or ermpsych@sbcglobal.net.

Remember if you’re interested in launching a business, finding a commercial space, or a commercial renter visit online at www.motorcitymatch.com today.

Hi I am Dr Edith Montgomery, I am a clinical psychologist.

I have been doing clinical psychology now for going on thirty years. It’s interesting, it takes a while to get people to realize  that talking to psychologist doesn’t mean you are crazy but talking to psychologist for me mean you got a lot of sense and you just need to deal with  things that are going on in your life.

At an early age, I liked talking to people and I noticed that people talk to me very easily, so as a result I started listening to people as early as fifth grade, and I kind of grew from there, and I always laugh and tell people, I saw above new heart, I thought it was cool that he was a psychologist on the show and then I saw Dr Joyce brothers, and said maybe I can do this, I think I like talking to people and went forward from there.

I wanted to have an opportunity to make a difference in the city, and my office right now is in Farmington Hills and it’s difficult to get space in the city. Through Motor city match gave me a chance to not only get the funding but find the building so I can open a business there.

How was the Motor city match process?

It was interesting and actually it was not as hard as most people would think, I tell people I sat down one night and I dreamed a little dream and I filled the paper work of what I thought would be the best thing for the City of Detroit.

So I get a lot of surprise, people when they see me, how often can many go? Okay Dr Montgomery is ready, I am ready to see you, and they go, where is he? They go, no it’s me, I am Dr Montgomery, and they go “you!?”,”you don’t look like…” Yes and there, I went to school, did the things I needed to do and I like helping people, which is what got me started in the field.

I am looking to empower everyone, every age, as I always say, I treat you at the age you are when you come to me. With youth, what I’d like to do, is to do assessment with them so we can find the strengths and weaknesses, and that way we can let the schools know, this is how you can help and be more effective in school.

In addition I want be able to give youth, younger girls whoever, opportunity for group therapy, to talk about what’s going on in their lives, and like I say my favorite part of my program is going to be if you sing, dance, act, paint, anything you want to do, I want empower you to do it so we are going to do a talent show on regular basis so our youth can get a chance to figure out what they really want to be in this world.

I am hoping to welcome everybody in the community by the first of August at the latest or they can contact at my office at (248)539-3950 or they can catch me on my email; ermpsych@sbcglobal.net. My initials and what I do.

Detroit Mushroom Factory

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Deana Wojcik and Chris Carrier lead Detroit Mushroom Factory. This business supported by Motor City Match is growing mushrooms for grocers, restaurants, and chefs throughout the Metro-Detroit area. The couple came to Detroit from California and is now thriving in business. The process of making mushrooms, selling mushrooms, and teaching people the art form is what Detroit Mushroom Factory is about. Check out their Motor City Match interview and visit www.motorcitymatch.com to find out more about the small businesses reinvesting in Detroit.

Deana Wojcik: My name’s Deana Wojcik of Detroit Mushroom Factory.

Chris Carrier: And I’m Chris Carrier. Detroit Mushroom Factory is an urban mushroom farm located right here in the beautiful city of Detroit. We’ve been operating for about, what, three years?

D: Three and a half.

C: Three and a half years, let’s say.

K: Why did you all apply for Motor City Match?

D: For the support. You know, we’re—we both had other jobs where we weren’t in charge and neither of us have started a business before, so it was really clear really fast that there was a lot we didn’t know. We had seen other people, other business owners who we really respect and look up to, go through that system, so we thought we’d give it a shot. It felt like a long shot, but we were so lucky to get in that initial make-a-match round and since then we’ve just been reapplying every round going through the whole process.

K: Alright, how have you found the Motor City Match Process so far?

C: Really effective, I would say. It’s been really good at helping us I think just keep focused, because every, you know, every time we want to go back for another round or something, it forces us to think about the questions they ask and you know, even if we’re not getting concrete things from them in some cases, it’s just, it’s making us ask those questions of ourselves and sort of push the ball forward on our own. So I think we certainly wouldn’t be as far along as we are without Motor City Match, and I think, yeah, it’s mostly because it helps us get that focus.

D: It’s a little bit of a long story. We were living in California before we moved to Detroit and Chris was growing mushrooms just as a hobby, and when we decided to move from California, we both got rid of all of our possessions and we lived out of our car for awhile, actually, just driving around the country finding different places to live, and the one thing that Chris insisted on holding on to through that whole road trip was a big piece of equipment called an autoclave, which is used to mushroom cultivation. So we had dragged the thing all around the country and we figured when we got here, we saw the great urban agriculture community and we decided, we have the equipment, we have the know-how, we’d give it a shot in Detroit. And an advantage of Detroit that certainly is not true in California is there’s space and real estate available here, so we’re moving into a formerly obsolete warehouse that now we’re getting to repurpose into a farm and things like that just don’t exist in California. So we were really excited to see a space.

C: It’s part of what appealed to us here is, like, just the—what a lot of people see—is the potential, you know, and all these things that are empty. Empty buildings, empty spaces, turn it into something that you want to turn it into, and it’s certainly been a challenge, but…

D: We have a few really loyal restaurant customers. Rose’s Fine Food, which is on the East Side on East Jefferson, Brooklyn Street Local, which is in Corktown, Sister Pie, the bakery over in the Villages, and ??? (3:03) Coriander Kitchen and Farm are operating out of there. So some of these local restaurants that have really committed to sourcing their produce locally are our biggest customers and clients, and then we’re just starting to move into retail also, so if someone who isn’t a restaurant owner wanted to buy our mushrooms, they can find them at the Farmer’s Hand, which is a grocery store in Corktown. And we have a waiting list. So we’re hoping to just continue to supply restaurants and grocery stores in the city and eventually maybe outside the city, although Detroit is definitely our first priority.

C: We’re also a part of the Grown in Detroit program, which is all about sort of local food producers in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park, so during the warmer months, we’ll sell at a table at Eastern Market at the Grown in Detroit Table there, and we will sell as part of that sort of cooperative.

D: They’re incredibly supportive to all local growers, so we’re really proud to be part of that.

K: Alright, so, someone wants to get in contact with you, what should they do? How do they reach you?

D: They can look on our website, detroitmushroomfactory.com, or they can email deana@detroitmushroomfactory.com or chris@detroitmushroomfactory.com. That will give them direct access to us.

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:

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