Black-Owned Grocery Store
My project is an awardee of Motor City Match, the premier small business grant/resource program that's designed to connect businesses with brick and mortar locations, along with technical assistance and grant funding up to $100k.
I am working with a reputable operator, a wholesaler, and highly experienced consultants to ensure a successful launch and operation. Collaborators include the Michigan Good Food Fund, Foodlab Detroit, The Build Institute, LifeLine Consulting, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and the Center for Community Based Enterprises (C2BE).
Funds raised in this campaign will allow to approach this venture with a hefty cash balance which helps secure the needed investors and eliminates the need for much debt. Funds will go towards securing the Match grant funding from Motor City Match for $100k and to acquire the building. From there, I will be able to easily secure the remaining funds needed to launch and operate.
My journey has been covered by Fox 2 Detroit, Huffington Post, Metro Times, Blavity, American University, NextCity, Michigan Daily, and 910 AM Superstation.
For more info and updates, check out my website www.rafawright.com and find me on social media at:
LinkedIn: Raphael Wright
Thanks so so much in advance!
Us Food Market is undergoing a rebranding for the entire month of June which will produce a new company new and logo. This is all being done to move forward in the next level of planning which will include an equity crowdfunding campaign, and more. Thanks to everyone who stood behind this name and story but better is coming!!
Hi, I'm very impressed by your efforts to open black owned grocery store in Detroit and have donated on GoFundMe. Call To Action, progressive, inclusive Catholic community is having a conference in Oct at St. Peter's Episcopal in Detroit. Would you like to speak? Thanks. –Randy Vonck rcvonck@gmail
If you're looking into different locations, here's one that may be of interest. It's the site if the previously named Red Apple grocery store, and it's a midpoint between East and West Detroit. https://commercial-real-estate.findthedata.com/l/3658332/52-Bartlett-St-Highland-Park-MI-48203 Hope to hear good news soon!
Peace King ! My name is Marcus I am from Cleveland , Ohio and we are trying to do the same thing here in Cleveland "Little Africa Coop Grocery Store" I was checking with you to see if you could be apart of our guest panel April 22, 2017 for our community meeting. 216-526-5241 campcleveland216 at gmail
It's gonna make a fine Grocery Store!
Very proud that there are people out there like you. I wish you the best of luck! High hopes. On a side note, if anyone is looking to support a small venture, I am in search of any small donations to kickstart my venture! Thanks.
Congratulations on winning SOUP! This is a wonderful idea and its great to see that the community is supporting it!!
What side of town / location are you planning for your first store.