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New Business Alliance Formed for Grand River Corridor Businesses

What is happening: A new business association is forming along the Grand River Avenue Corridor, an association that serves to connect other small business owners with each other and help bring more customers to the area. And while the Grand River Business Association (GRBA) has its roots in the community of Grandmont Rosedale neighborhoods, officials say the GRBA is for the entire corridor of the city, from downtown to Five Points.

Who is behind: The formation of the Grand River Business Association is led by Dante Williams, owner of the Cutz Lounge in Grandmont Rosedale. The Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) is on board to help facilitate its development.

How it works: The GRBA will be open to members for a fee of $10 per month. Members will then be able to vote on how that money is spent, whether it’s improving snow removal services, beautification efforts along the corridor or otherwise. GRBA is implementing a business-to-business referral system and branded marketing materials for storefronts.

That happens : The GRBA is still in its developmental stages, but has not yet established its structure and bylaws. But it’s falling into place – and soon. The organization is already set to co-host its first event: the Grandmont Rosedale Spring Block Party, scheduled for Saturday June 18 at the Grand Parklet. The GRDC and Discover D1 are also hosting the event.

A virtual meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. and will be available on the Microsoft Teams platform.

What they say : “It will be a space to talk about the needs of people in the corridor. And as a business owner, that can be invaluable. There will be networking opportunities; you can see what the needs are and the resources available,” says Chelsea Salame, Economic Development Manager for the GRDC. “We strive to provide access to resources and organization from the grassroots to the old fashioned way. »

[Also in this series: Read “Why Grandmont Rosedale’s stretch of Grand River is a favorite destination for city’s entrepreneurs” on Model D.]

Block Party: The Spring Block Party, scheduled as part of the neighborhood’s June 19 holiday celebration, will feature African dancers, food trucks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Parklet itself, a victory for the neighborhood that built a pocket park atop an awkward intersection. The nearby Cutz Lounge will host the GRBA, where members can check in and other businesses can register.

Coming soon: The Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market returns for the season on Thursday, June 2, held each Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the North Rosedale Park Community House. Supplier applications are still available.

This Street View series on the commercial corridors of Detroit is made possible thanks to the support of the Ford Foundation.

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