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.

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)