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Match on Main grants awarded to UP businesses

LANSING, MI— Four Upper Peninsula businesses will benefit from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Match on Main program.

Certified Redevelopment Ready Communities receive MEDC funding, and in turn award grants of up to $25,000 to eligible businesses seeking support.

  • Bird’s Eye Outfitters of Sault Ste. Marie will use its $25,000 grant to create a year-round outdoor eating area
  • Cibo, Inc. of Houghton is converting a vacant space into an outdoor dining area downtown
  • Velodrome Coffee of Marquette is making equipment and interior building improvements to support its move to another location and creating a rain garden/composting area for customers
  • Nisu Bakery and Café in Hancock is converting an outdoor vacant space into a dining area downtown.

Grants may be used by the business for eligible expenses that support technical assistance, interior building renovations, permanent or semi-permanent activation of an outdoor space, permanent or semi-permanent business infrastructure, and other working capital needs such as marketing needs and inventory expenses. Additional needs identified by the business and supported by the local community are also considered.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.