Motor City Match winners, from pickle sandwich maker to daycare, split $500,000

Twelve new businesses set to open in 10 different Detroit neighborhoods are the latest Motor City Match winners to share $500,000 in cash grants.

The Round 19 winners announced Tuesday run a variety of businesses, from new daycares and urgent care centers to a restaurant specializing in pickle-wrapped sandwiches.

Prices range from $25,000 to $60,000.

  • What is Dill LLCa restaurant offering deli sandwiches stuffed inside a dill pickle in the University District: $25,000
  • Bar Pigallea French-inspired restaurant in Brush Park: $35,000
  • SARL d’Eldaa restaurant offering Latin American cuisine at Hubbard Farms: $35,000
  • soul on icea new restaurant in the Midwest neighborhood: $35,000
  • What is Crakin’ Seafooda seafood restaurant on Livernois in the Bagley district: $35,000
  • Equity alliance managementa community kitchen and grocery store in the Midwest neighborhood: $40,000
  • Kornr Marketa neighborhood market that will also offer community events in Northwest Goldberg: $45,000
  • Cafe Suga Pleasecoffee, breakfast and brunch in Midtown: $45,000
  • Young Faith Child Care Centera daycare center in Evergreen-Outer Drive: $45,000
  • Conner Creek Urgent Carean urgent care facility in the Conner Creek neighborhood: $50,000
  • The laboratory drawera company that provides STEAM technology subscription kits and experiences in the Dexter-Linwood neighborhood: $50,000
  • Nailhouse Curea nail salon and training center in Midtown: $60,000

Cure Nailhouse owner Cyndia Robinson said Tuesday that building her business has been an ongoing journey and a dream. Robinson, an associate digital media manager for technology company Oracle Corp., plans to provide educational opportunities for high school students with a path to a career in the nail industry.

“I’m truly grateful for this opportunity, for Motor City Match and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation,” Robinson said. “I wouldn’t have gotten this far without this support. I’m excited to showcase nail art as art, and I’m excited to make it accessible to the community.”

Tiffany Dye, owner and director of Young Faith Childcare Center, said the award will help expedite the opening of her business.

“With this financial boost, my doors will be open this time next year to help families in need of childcare or a head start,” Dye said. “My goal is to hire highly qualified preschool teachers and staff and provide additional training as needed.”

The other winners of the Round 19 Motor City Match will receive technical support for design, development or planning. A total of 57 small business owners received prizes, including the 12 cash winners.

Round 20 applications will be accepted until May 13.

Motor City Match reports that since 2015, $9.1 million in cash grants have been awarded to 134 Motor City Match award-winning businesses that have opened their doors. Of these businesses, 92% are minority-owned, 80% are women-owned, and 85 are owned by Detroit residents. Motor City Match offers workshops, business services, coaching, and grant and loan support and has served 1,540 businesses.