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The City of Dearborn is now accepting applications for a Small Business Grant Program - a new, collaborative effort between the Dearborn City Council and the Economic Development Department. Learn more and apply here! The deadline to apply is July 10.

The program will enable Dearborn Small Businesses with 15 or fewer employees who have been in business in Dearborn for at least five years and are in good standing with the City to apply for $5,000 in assistance to improve their business, with an expected $2,500 match from the business themselves.

The grants are made possible through funding approved by the 34th Dearborn City Council.

Michael Sareini, Dearborn City Council President, stated, “Although Dearborn is known for major innovation, our small business community remains the true lifeblood of our city. I envisioned this program as a way to renew our commitment to that community. I am grateful for my colleague’s full support as well as that of Mayor Abdullah Hammoud, and thank the Economic Development Department for making this program a reality.”

The grant dollars can be put towards the following improvements:

  • Facade improvements (paint, windows, building face materials, etc.)
  • Awnings
  • Other exterior improvements (signage, patios, walkways, landscaping, etc.)

Up to 20 businesses will receive grant awards. Applicants must demonstrate that they will complete the awarded project before 2025. Grant award recipients will be required to abide by all building construction regulations and requirements and must secure permit approvals within thirty days of receiving confirmation of their selection for the program from the City.

Jordan Twardy, Economic Development Director, stated, “We are excited to assist qualified small businesses in making necessary improvements so they can continue to thrive and contribute to the vitality of our neighborhoods and business districts. I urge business owners looking to finish that dream facade improvement project to join an info session and learn more about the Small Business Grant program.”

City to host information sessions

Those who are interested can learn more about the program and eligibility at upcoming information sessions hosted by the City’s Economic Development Department:

  • Friday, June 7, 2024, at 12 p.m.
  • Friday, June 7, 2024, at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at 6 p.m.

Sessions will be held in the City Council Chambers at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave.

For more information and to access the online application, visit the Business Grant Application on CityOfDearborn.org. Follow @DearbornGov on Facebook, Twitter (X), and Instagram for updates.

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Article published June 3, 2024

Article updated June 14, 2024