Meet Detroit Training Center! Detroit Training Center is a vocational education company that helps individuals, contractors, non-profits, and governmental entities achieve their career goals in areas of high and growing employment demand. Located at 5151 Lorraine Street, Detroit Training Center educates students in industries such as construction, heavy equipment, facility maintenance, landscaping, and commercial truck driving. This week’s Small Biz Stories features their journey to winning the Motor City Match program.
Tilman Robinson & Manuel Jones always has had the enthusiasm and the ability to interact with anyone and a PASSION for success. The vision of HI DEF GRAPHFXS and Media is to awake dreams help entrepreneurs, create and building their brand through advertising, provide jobs and service the community by providing start-ups with marketing material such as flyers, business cards, brochures at an affordable cost.
19350 is one of the most interesting and historically valuable properties in Detroit. The old Hunter’s Supper Club development, which spans three addresses. It consists of two wooden structures, one of which used to be a residence, and another building which has a beautiful timber framed roof. When local people speak of this property, this is the building they are speaking about, with it’s large fireplace, and vaulted wood ceilings; it’s a neighborhood gem. Chad Dickinson and the I’m Here Team aims to turn this property into an asset for all businesses located on site by making it available in limited capacity for community events, weddings, concerts, etc. In the small house, which is located at the front of the property on Livernois, I’m Here will develop retail. Currently I’m Here is to renovating the house to sell home goods, as well as offer design services, workshops, and limited work space; all in a market-type setting.
In 2012, Ruth Bell launched Chugga’s Main Street Bakery, LLC in Detroit, after losing her job from a downsizing and talking to a consultant who believed the bakery business was her best option because of past bakery experiences. Doing this she’s continued something she loves and helped others in the process. The specialty monkey breads are sold throughout Metro-Detroit at Meijer, Holiday Market, and Detroit’s Eastern Market.
Daddy Doo Wops is the experiential food, song, and theater vision of Toni & Neko Washington. The Detroit sisters have a lifetime of experience preparing food. For over 15 years they both worked with their Mother and Father in a catering and restaurant business based on Detroit’s Westside. The Doo Wop is also inspired by their Father who is a Doo Wop performer. Toni and Neko also sing Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Opera, and Gospel. Daddy Doo Wops mixes their musical and culinary talents for a one of a kind experience for all guests. Daddy Doo Wops is a Motor City Match winner for the make a plan to assist in business design, strategy, and scheduling. Watch the interview with Toni and Neko for Daddy Doo Wops.
Meet Norma G’s! Norma G’s is a Caribbean food truck, looking for a brick and mortar location in to open in Detroit. Owner Lester Gouvia grew up surrounded by traditional West Indian cuisine, and was taught to cook by his mother. These dishes usually include curry goat, chicken, and lamb mixed with root vegetables to make a hearty meal. This week’s Small Biz Stories features his journey to winning the Motor City Match program.
Meet Social Sushi! Social Sushi is a unique experience, serving a curated menu of sustainable sushi paired with a special sauce and community engagement. Every Saturday, they collaborate with Our/Detroit Vodka for a popup dinner and networking event. Owner Jay Radford is developing Social Sushi into a sustainable restaurant, breathing new life into a currently empty space, creating jobs, working with local farmers for produce, and exclusively using sustainable seafood. This week’s Small Biz Stories features his journey to winning the Motor City Match program.
Jonathon Pommerville has built P3 Irrigation. For years Jonathon worked with businesses installing and repairing irrigation systems. This led Jonathon and his wife to open P3 Irrigation which now offers service and delivers throughout Metro-Detroit. His knowledge of 15 plus years placing irrigation systems is from a passion for the business. Jonathon also has a passion to his Brightmoor community where he’s lived most his life. Jonathon beautifies the neighborhood and leads many neighborhood efforts.