Astro Coffee LLC, an independent coffeehouse in the near-west neighborhood of Corktown in Detroit, Mich., was one of 30 small businesses that were awarded $10,000 dollars as part of the New Economy Initiative (NEI). NEI is a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and operates in partnership with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.
"Over the past two years, NEIdeas has given us the opportunity to connect with more than 1,100 small businesses in the city," said Rodrick T. Miller, president & CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. "NEIdeas, with its focus on existing businesses is a critical piece of Detroit's small business support system. This system is essential in helping every Detroiter participate in our economic expansion."
"Detroit's turnaround won't mean anything if longtime Detroiters aren't a part of it," said Mayor Mike Duggan. "Thanks to the New Economy Initiative's efforts to support small businesses in our city, we are seeing real growth in business expansion and job creation."
The funding awarded to Astro Coffee will go towards renovations including expansion of the outdoor seating area, new front awning and improved retail display.
Learn more: http://www.astrodetroit.com/