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Area businesses awarded grants from ‘Match on Main’ program

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced thirty-five communities around Michigan have been awarded a total of $807,673 in grants.

The grants are to support small, local businesses. The hope is to create resiliency and strengthen downtowns under the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Match on Main grant program.

“Michigan’s small businesses and traditional downtowns are the heart of our communities, and with today’s Match on Main grants, we are helping small businesses in both peninsulas grow while further developing unique and inviting places that attract talent and new investment,” said Governor Whitmer. “These grants will help our vibrant downtowns continue to thrive in all corners of the state.”

The grants are expected to create or retain 296 full-time jobs, and the projects are expected to generate a total private investment of more than $2.7 million. Of the 35 grant recipients, 26 are existing and nine are new business.

In Clare, the Middle Michigan Development Corporation is awarding a $25,000 grant to McEwan Street Fudge and Ice Cream Shop, who will use the funds to purchase display and fudge/gelato making equipment. Adding an iconic northern Michigan staple like freshly made fudge will be another welcome addition to travelers’ destination spots and will further strengthen the overall brand of downtown Clare, according to Middle Michigan Development Corporation Director of Business Services and Economic Development for Clare County Sarah Adkins. “

MMDC feels that McEwan Street Fudge and Ice Cream will exceptionally complement the offerings and atmosphere of downtown Clare,” Adkins said. “This business adds something novel to the downtown, caters to both locals and visitors, and expands on the ‘made-in-Clare’ entrepreneurialism represented by other downtown businesses like Four Leaf Brewing and Cops & Doughnuts.”

Some of the December 2022 Match on Main grant winners:

  • City of Cadillac: Charming North LLC – $25,000
  • Grayling Main Street: Hidden Nook Booksellers LLC – $25,000
  • Village of Roscommon: Jack & Jill Investments, LLC – $25,000
  • Clare, MI: McEwan Street Fudge & Ice Cream Shop, LLC – $25,000
  • Harrison, MI: Hardy Insurance Agency, Inc. – $23,231
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