BlackOwned Grocery Store In Detroit

$43,800 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 395 people in 21 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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Neighborhood Grocery will be a part of this year’s Detroit Impact Project with The Detroit Revitalization and Business Initiative (Detroit R&B) at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Neighborhood Grocery will be working with 2 undergrad and 3 MBA students from U of M on a semester-long consulting project to lay the marketing foundation for Neighborhood Grocery’s upcoming equity crowdfunding campaign.
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First, I am super excited to announce that Neighborhood Grocery, LLC has Gingras Global as its new fiscal sponsor, and social enterprise consultant. Gingras Global will assist Neighborhood Grocery in securing social impact capital and the resources needed to launch and run enterprises like ours; businesses driven by social change. Aside from helping social enterprises raise capital, Gingras Global provide reporting, and program development services to ensure transparency and optimal performance among good businesses.

In other news, I want to announce the official separation between Neighborhood Grocery and Megan Burritt. Burritt was slated to become a partner and Operational Manager to Neighborhood Grocery. Although we are no longer working together, I appreciate her contributions and will always wish her well in her future endeavors.
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Name Change
Us Food Market was officially changed to Neighborhood Grocery to reflect the initial mission of the grocery store: To bring nutritious food to the places where people live. Detroiters realize that Whole Foods, Kroger, Meijer, and Walmart will not be opening locations in the neighborhoods which presents us with an extreme competitive advantage. The name change came from me forming a partnership with grocer Megan Burritt. Her operational experience aligned with my entrepreneurial prowess has been proven to be a fruitful relationship.

Hatch Detroit
Neighborhood Grocery’s first outing as a company was Hatch Detroit which is a small business pitch competition for Detroit startups. The winner took home $50,000. Although we didn’t win, Meg and I know that we effectively made the city believers in this concept.

American Heart Association Urban Health Accelerator
Currently, Neighborhood Grocery is participating in this year’s emPowered to Serve Urban Health Accelerator which is presented by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. This accelerator includes 14 companies like ours that are using creative and disruptive business models to address urgent health issues in their communities. For us, food insecurity and its consequences are our agenda. We will be showcasing our concept at the UHA National Conference in Baltimore, MD on October 16th.

Location
The process for securing has changed since my previous attempts. Whereas before I was pursuing a space to purchase outright which would’ve included been difficult given the development costs of the property and the furnishing of the business. Therefore, we decided to change direction and have been speaking with local developers to serve as our first partners. This will take the development costs away from Neighborhood Grocery so we can solely focus on developing the business. In the beginning, we would not own the space but overtime the option is to allowed to us, per our agreement. Going in this direction has really paid dividends for our company’s visibility. Community Development Corporations, and neighborhood organizations working to development their communities have recognized the value of Neighborhood Grocery which is making serious conversations for locations for us. Currently, we are having talks to possibly enter the Islandview neighborhood on Detroit’s eastside. However, we are also talking with other community entities about possibly making the move west. At this time, we are weighing our options to ensure we are making the right decision and finally get past this pivotal step: site control.
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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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Randy Vonck
16 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
20 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
11 months ago
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support my project. support my project

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Dennis
11 months ago
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make the hook great again

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

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April Flowers
20 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
20 months ago
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Great, nice job.

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

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Marcus Camp Cleveland
20 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
20 months ago
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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
20 months ago

It's gonna make a fine Grocery Store!

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Sirphirà
2 months ago

please help guys please i beg you im really in need right now my current situation is really difficult to handle for me please

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Nicolo
2 months ago

hello all please go to Pickle and Chips pod cast on gofundme

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Sirphirà
2 months ago

can you all please make my dreams come true im having a really hard time in life please can you all please check my campaign and donate my life is in your guy’s hands please i NEED HELP

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Ben
10 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
12 months ago

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

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Terietta M Marshall
17 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
18 months ago

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

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People Talk Daily
5 months ago

Keep Pushing, King.

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A R
6 months ago

Blessings. Wish you success.

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Bilal Yasin El-Amin
6 months ago

G-d bless you and this excellent effort!

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Becky Burton
6 months ago

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

Randy Vonck
16 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

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JahNikki Maxey
20 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
11 months ago
1
1

support my project. support my project

+ Read More
Dennis
11 months ago
1
1

make the hook great again

+ Read More
Dean
12 months ago
1
1

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

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April Flowers
20 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
20 months ago
1
1

Great, nice job.

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

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

+ Read More
Marcus Camp Cleveland
20 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
20 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
20 months ago

It's gonna make a fine Grocery Store!

+ Read More
Sirphirà
2 months ago

please help guys please i beg you im really in need right now my current situation is really difficult to handle for me please

+ Read More
Nicolo
2 months ago

hello all please go to Pickle and Chips pod cast on gofundme

+ Read More
Sirphirà
2 months ago

can you all please make my dreams come true im having a really hard time in life please can you all please check my campaign and donate my life is in your guy’s hands please i NEED HELP

+ Read More
Ben
10 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
12 months ago

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

+ Read More
Terietta M Marshall
17 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
18 months ago

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

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