Detroit small business grant program under scrutiny, but one owner says it helped – Michigan Radio

Motor City Match, a program championed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, was launched in 2015 to support small and emerging businesses in the city with federal funding.

He says Inspector General Ellen Ha’s office started investigating the program after a former city employee filed a complaint stating Motor City Match spent too much money on consultants, compared with the funds allocated to the Detroit entrepreneurs seeking help from the program.

It takes a lot for a business to be ready to open, says Amina Daniels, owner of the Detroit-based cycling and yoga studio Live Cycle Delight.

She says that as she was developing her studio, many people told her there wasn’t enough interest for a cycle studio in Detroit.

Guillen says the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has also been monitoring Motor City Match.

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