More than 900 small businesses in Detroit will be receiving grants to assist in keeping them afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. 



a sign above a store: The grand opening for the Skin Bar VII on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion in Detroit is on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.


© Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press
The grand opening for the Skin Bar VII on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion in Detroit is on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

The businesses will receive grants of up to $20,000, which can be utilized for mortgage payments, utilities, rent, payroll and many other expenses. The funding is available through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation from a pool of $7.25 million from the Michigan Small Business Restart Grant Program. 

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One of the businesses that received a grant is called Clara’s Place, a banquet hall and catering business on the west side of Detroit on Joy Road.  Before the coronavirus closed the business, it was known for hosting baby showers, funeral repasts, prom send-offs, school events, weddings, birthday parties,

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