Black-Owned Grocery Store

$43,370 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 390 people in 17 months
My name is and I'm working to open Detroit's only black-owned and operated grocery store in Detroit's inner city. My mission is to battle the city's food desert and to stimulate the neighborhood economy with meaningful employment, development, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Also, I want to inspire those from the neighborhood that I'll serve to invest into the community as well to rebuild the inner city. 


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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:
Twitter:   ‌
Instagram:  @fairo_rafa
LinkedIn:  Raphael Wright

Thanks so so much in advance!
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The company has been researching ways we can reach our audience prior to opening because we don't want people to wait just because we have to. So, Co-Operating Meg who worked for Blue Apron in Supply Chain Management said we need to reach people where they are with technology and Meal Kits. Hence, we created our own Kits. Rollout coming ASAP!!!
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Tomorrow we're participating in the FoodLab's Good Food Pitch competition!!! Wish us luck!
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Hello all,

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!!
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Here's a recap of our week working with students from University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
https://medium.com/rossopenroad/fresh-perspectives-for-us-food-market-3d39e4ac2ce
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Randy Vonck
12 months ago
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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

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JahNikki Maxey
16 months ago
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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!

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Tostones
7 months ago
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support my project. support my project

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Dennis
8 months ago
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make the hook great again

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Dean
8 months ago
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please share gofundme.com/starting-again-after-armed-robbery

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April Flowers
16 months ago
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Reach out to power 105.1 in New York. They said they were buying up properties out there, so there's already vested interest..you might be able to get some air time & or donations from them.

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Abdulhalim Phoondrei-mayum
16 months ago
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Great, nice job.

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Isam M. Berry Jr.
16 months ago
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Church Financing !!! Commercial Mortgages !!! www.churchfinancingsolutions.net

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Marcus Camp Cleveland
16 months ago
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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

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Keke Jordan
16 months ago
1
1

I would like to get in contact with anyone regarding this. Myself and some other people have also been trying to get a black owned store together.

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Benjamin Freeman
16 months ago

It's gonna make a fine Grocery Store!

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Ben
6 months ago

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.

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West
8 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/williams-clothing-company

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Terietta M Marshall
13 months ago

Congratulations on winning SOUP! This is a wonderful idea and its great to see that the community is supporting it!!

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Dell Stubblefield
14 months ago

What side of town / location are you planning for your first store.

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$100
People Talk Daily
1 month ago

Keep Pushing, King.

AR
$25
A R
2 months ago

Blessings. Wish you success.

BE
$100
Bilal Yasin El-Amin
2 months ago

G-d bless you and this excellent effort!

BB
$10
Becky Burton
3 months ago

Timbuktu Academy thanks you for coming out and spreading your message.

$100
Randy Vonck
3 months ago

Thank you Rafael for presenting on food justice at the October 2017 Call To Action conference in Detroit.

QB
$50
Quinton Blanton
3 months ago

Keep going.

Randy Vonck
12 months ago
2
2

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

+ Read More
JahNikki Maxey
16 months ago
2
2

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!

+ Read More
Tostones
7 months ago
1
1

support my project. support my project

+ Read More
Dennis
8 months ago
1
1

make the hook great again

+ Read More
Dean
8 months ago
1
1

please share gofundme.com/starting-again-after-armed-robbery

+ Read More
April Flowers
16 months ago
1
1

Reach out to power 105.1 in New York. They said they were buying up properties out there, so there's already vested interest..you might be able to get some air time & or donations from them.

+ Read More
Abdulhalim Phoondrei-mayum
16 months ago
1
1

Great, nice job.

+ Read More
Isam M. Berry Jr.
16 months ago
1
1

Church Financing !!! Commercial Mortgages !!! www.churchfinancingsolutions.net

+ Read More
Marcus Camp Cleveland
16 months ago
1
1

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

+ Read More
Keke Jordan
16 months ago
1
1

I would like to get in contact with anyone regarding this. Myself and some other people have also been trying to get a black owned store together.

+ Read More
Benjamin Freeman
16 months ago

It's gonna make a fine Grocery Store!

+ Read More
Ben
6 months ago

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.

+ Read More
West
8 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/williams-clothing-company

+ Read More
Terietta M Marshall
13 months ago

Congratulations on winning SOUP! This is a wonderful idea and its great to see that the community is supporting it!!

+ Read More
Dell Stubblefield
14 months ago

What side of town / location are you planning for your first store.

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