December 5, 2023


Moving Forward

Cass City initiative offers grant for winning business idea

In conjunction with the Tuscola County Financial Enhancement Company, the Cass City Downtown Advancement Authority is introducing a new system aimed at attracting new and increasing companies in the Cass Town DDA District. 

The new software, Organization Builders, initial came about from a DDA member who preferred to keep an party that voted on a new company notion. The Tuscola County Board of Commissioners allotted money to the EDC for a new company strategy in the downtown spot of Cass City. The undertaking was proven to construct a marketing campaign and software process, and then host an function made to attract new organizations. 

“Supporting tiny enterprises to increase their products and solutions and/or expert services,” mentioned Village Supervisor Debbie Powell. “We want to welcome new, fresh new ideas for business enterprise progress, and Organization Builders will let us to entice entrepreneurs in a creative and entertaining way.”

Anybody in the Thumb can apply to pitch their business strategy to the DDA and can be any variety of business. Applicants must meet with at the very least two of the entities on the checklist who have agreed to present a experienced consultation in their space of skills. On Nov. 9, applicants will be invited to make a 7- to 10-minute presentation at the Hills and Dales Health care Company Products and services building. At the end of the night, attendees will vote on the enterprise they would like to see earn grant revenue of $10,000. 

“We search to place jointly this module celebration to show other counties and communities how to do some thing similar,” mentioned Powell. “To do this is a small bit of a chance but I have some excellent men and women supporting the thought. It’s very thrilling and I am looking ahead to currently being a component of it.”

The profitable enterprises will obtain a $10,000 reimbursement grant, which will help it deal with the things essential to start its small business venture. The Cass Metropolis DDA is hunting for this to be an yearly celebration and adhere to the suggestions of other metropolitan areas and villages that have done the exact same, these as in Saginaw, Flint, and Detroit. 

“This a fantastic way to get our community, other small business homeowners, and investors associated in a ‘Shark Tank’ variety function,” Powell said.  “The winner will be picked that evening, which produces a good deal of excitement for the program. Portion of our intention is to give insight and create a manual for the Business Builders application that can be adapted and shared with other communities in Tuscola County.”

Applications can be discovered on the Cass Metropolis village web site, or by making contact with Director of Group Advancement Melanie Radabaugh at [email protected]. The software deadline is Friday, Oct. 20 and the pitch function will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets for the party will be $100 for each individual, and each ticket holder will be capable to hear all the business people current their company suggestions, then vote. 

For extra data on the system, make contact with village manager Debbie Powell at 989-872-2911 or [email protected]