Downtown Sault Small Business Receives K Match on Main Grant
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Downtown Sault Small Business Receives $25K Match on Main Grant

Governor Whitmer Announces Small Business Relief Across Michigan, Creating 76 Jobs

LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) support Tuesday for 31 small businesses across Michigan through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Match on Main program – including one in the Sault.

The $748,000 in grants awarded to small, local businesses will “increase resilience and strengthen urban centers” in communities across the state, the governor’s office said in a news release.

Among the funds awarded was an application from the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority to Up North Nutrition and Gym 906 LLC, which received $25,000.

“Michigan’s small businesses are the heart of our main streets and town centers,” said Governor Whitmer.

“Together, we are growing our economy and making communities across Michigan more attractive to live, work and invest in. Let’s continue to work together to ensure everyone has the opportunity to ‘Succeed in Michigan.’”

The grants are expected to create 76 full-time positions and open up 8,835 square feet of vacant and unused space, and the projects are expected to generate a total private investment of more than $2.7 million, according to the release.

Of the 31 businesses that received awards, 22 are located in geographically disadvantaged areas, the governor’s office said.

The Match on Main program supports new or expanding “homegrown” businesses looking to start and expand in downtown core areas and shopping districts by providing up to $25,000 in funding to support eligible small businesses through a competitive application process, according to the release.

The FY24 Match on Main application window saw a total of 113 applications from 80 communities – the highest turnout to date.

Of the fiscal year 2024 Match on Main grant recipients, eight are new businesses and 23 are existing businesses, including 15 restaurants, nine retail establishments, five service businesses and two other businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to revitalizing community infrastructure and increasing local employment.”