Downtown Dearborn has developed strategies to address and fulfill the small business concerns and needs to guide business owners through the COVID-19 pandemic over the next several months, as well as setting businesses up for long-term success.

The Dearborn DDAs continue to spearhead the Dearborn Business Assistance Team (#DBATeam) program by gaining commitment from area small business experts. Over 25 area agencies and resource representatives are now involved in the DBATeam effort to provide you with up-to-date information on current city, county, and state small business development resources to successfully navigate your business needs now and in the future.

Specific program support tactics, including special COVID-19 funding, business technical support and one-on-one meetings with businesses to establish a streamline support tool have been identified. In addition to the technical and financial support, Downtown Dearborn is also creating an Internship program through UofM Dearborn. This offers small businesses a pool of students (paid or unpaid) with business and marketing background to gain some staff support over the semester months. To learn more about this program and resources, watch the previously recorded BAT Virtual Town Hall Meeting v. 2.0


Dearborn businesses can apply for the DBAT consultation services here. A carefully crafted team of experts are pulled together to meet one-on-one with business owners to address their needs.

Match on Main Grant | Open Door Dearborn Grant

Match on Main MEDC Business Grant


The MOM Grant is a reimbursement grant program from the MEDC that serves as a tool to support new or expanding place-based businesses. The DDDAs are able to apply for funding for two businesses per district. Up to $25,000 is available for each business. We must act fast — we need applications by March 1st!


  • Must be located in the DDDA district boundaries
  • Must be a brick & mortar business
  • No Franchise or big box businesses
  • $500,000 in grant funding is available for 20 businesses

What can this money go towards:

  • Tech assistance (ie: design, drawings)
  • Hard costs for interior (not deferred maintenance)
  • Permanent/semi-permanent outdoor space
  • COVID19 Permanent Infrastructure (like HVAC upgrades)
  • POS Systems/Displays/Marketing

What else should you know?

  • Funding match of 10% required
  • Must provide clear and complete information
  • Businesses need to provide information about how many jobs you create
  • You should be able to express the impact that a grant like this would have on your business as it relates to your downtown
  • Project must align with the DDDA strategy/vision

Got a project and interested in this grant program?

  • Reach out to the DDDAs if interested, and we’ll start the process
  • Fill out business evaluation worksheet ASAP

Match on Main Business Evaluation Form | Draft Vision Plan 

Open Door Grant


The East & West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities (DDDAs) were created to promote and enhance the commercial core of the community, to preserve public investment and to improve the viability of businesses within the DDDA Districts.

Our grant program provides funding to property owners and new businesses moving to the DDDA Districts or existing businesses within the district.

Grant Types and Levels Include:

  • Level 1 – Design Incentives Available Up to $2500
    • Exterior Design Assistance
    • Signage Improvement
  • Level 2 – Business Start-Up Incentives Available Up to $5,000
    • Retail Start-Ups
    • Arts, Culture and Creative Businesses
    • Incubators
    • Pop Ups
  • Level 3 – Design Incentives Available Up to 20% of Costs, Not Exceeding $10,000 Reimbursement
    • Facade Improvement
    • Expansion/Development
      {Expansion is defined as: Adding square footage to an existing building, acquisition of neighboring property, addition of outdoor seating or service areas that thereby add taxable value to the property; or moving to a larger facility within the district.

For eligibility criteria and more information, download the application

Open Door Grant Application

Best Practices For Businesses

Design Guidelines

Wayne County’s new website is where businesses can find information on the Wayne County/TCF loan program, webinars and trainings, resource materials and technical assistance — all in one spot.

The City of Dearborn‘s Business Sanitation Policy (Click image to download)

Initiate - Online Business Tools & Training

The Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities are excited to offer you a valuable tool that could improve the success of your business! Initiate is a collection of online business resources with videos, guides, tools and templates proven to help you strengthen and grow your business. Whether you are starting from the ground up or looking to grow your established business, Initiate provides you with valuable tools for your professional development. Let’s expand your business successfully into the future with Initiate!

Take a sneak peek at a few of the hundreds of resources available to you with our Freemium content! You can view these resources without creating an account.

  • Accounting Definitions
  • Your Startup Checklist
  • Business Plan Template
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Startup Financial Projections
  • 5C’s of Credit

Ready to dive in? Check it out or create an account here.