CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2016 NEIdeas $10k CHALLENGE & $100k CHALLENGE Winners!

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Since 2014, NEIdeas has granted a total of $1.5 million in cash awards to 96 existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park, as well as provided all applicants with access to business support. More than 1,700 small businesses have applied to NEIdeas since 2014, representing every ZIP code in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. Applicants spanned more than 16 business sectors, ranging from construction to farming, retail to restaurants, and more. In 2016, 75 percent of NEIdeas winners were minority-owned businesses and 60 percent were woman-owned businesses. Winning businesses ranged in age from three to 94 years old.

 

  • LCG Foods Inc Louisiana Creole Gumbo

    Purchase mobile food trucks with built-in hot and cold facilities to provide food services to employ...

    Cabresto Imports Corporation

    Invest in marketing services to promote their award-winning spirits among tequila connoisseurs throu...
  • Spa-A-Peel Studio

    Install two new plumbed spa pedicure chairs to increase the shop’s efficiency and serve more custo...

    Guadalajara #2, Inc.

    Equip a delivery van with a refrigeration system and install a patio where customers can enjoy their...
  • Zarkpa’s Purses & Accessories

    Upgrade shop’s door to increase security and purchase high-quality leather inventory to bolster in...

    All About Technology

    Train employees so shop can become Detroit’s first and only certified minority-owned Apple Authori...
  • Triangle Pro Hardware

    Invest in a paint shaker machine to meet growing demand placed on the store's paint division....

    JLH Heating & Air Conditioning LLC

    Purchase equipment to manufacture sheet metal ductwork and fittings in house....
  • Smith Shop

    Increase efficiency with new equipment and offer a paid training period for two new employees....

    Spectacles Inc.

    Update store’s website and point-of-sale system....
  • Toriana’s Blessed House of Beauty and Spa

    Purchase four reclining wheelchairs and an enclosed trailer to transport them to better serve home-b...

    Welco & Co, Inc

    Provide training to employees in the installation of geothermal systems for heating and cooling....
  • Champs Landscaping LLC

    Purchase new mowers that will allow the company to take on larger commercial customers and maintain ...

    XENOPHORA LLC

    Purchase casting equipment -- the first and only of its kind located in the city of Detroit -- to br...
  • Highland Park Tire Full Auto Services

    Build out a general automotive supply store that, coupled with expertise from staff, will help custo...

    C & S Shoes Inc. dba Roby’s Shoes

    Refurbish the store’s interior to create a more welcoming environment in the 92-year-old shoe stor...
  • Detroit Training Center

    Expand Commercial Driver License certification program by increasing marketing and purchasing new tr...

    Bobs Classic Kicks INC

    Purchase new equipment to manufacture custom apparel and accessories in house....
  • Good Juice

    Purchase cold-press equipment that will increase the company’s efficiency and allow it to produce ...

    Above & Beyond Learning Child Care Center Inc.

    Purchase a dynamic playground system to enhance children’s creativity and promote healthy interact...
  • Hunt & Noyer, LLC

    Purchase and install an industrial sanding machine and dust collection system to increase efficiency...

    Socra Tea

    Purchase kitchen equipment to expand shop’s food and drink menu; upgrade ship interior to accommod...
  • The Cleaning Doctors

    Purchase a truck-mounted carpet cleaning machine and hire a social media consultant to help attract ...

    Detroit House Carpentry

    Hire an apprentice and purchase a work truck to help meet growing demand....
  • Corbé

    Expand studio and services to begin offering pottery classes....

    La Posada

    Update equipment to better utilize commercial kitchen so the taqueria can transition from a carryout...
  • Sevonty Restoration, LLC

    Build out an OSHA-compliant workshop space that will allow taking on more clients and hiring new wor...

    Fresh Cut Detroit Flower Farm

    Install a rain catchment and drip irrigation system that will increase the quantity and quality of f...
  • Very Special Van Service, LLC

    Add an 8- to 12-person, wheelchair-accessible van to fleet of vehicles....

    Sha La Cynt’s LLC

    Buy new equipment for making and packaging popcorn to expand client base....
  • Gourmet Food Center

    Purchase new commercial kitchen equipment to expand product line and increase efficiency....

    City Center Coin Laundry Co.

    Modernize payment system so that washers and driers can accept credit and debit cards....