Top 10 semi-finalists announced for 2015 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by Opportunity Detroit

  • August 13, 2015
Top 10 Semi-finalists Announced For 2015 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, Presented By Opportunity Detroit

  DETROIT, Mich. (Aug. 13, 2015) – The top 10 semi-finalists in the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Opportunity Detroit were announced today at the One Woodward Building in Detroit. Public voting will begin Friday Aug 14. “This year’s semi finalists have some of the most innovative retail business ideas I’ve seen throughout the contest’s five years,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “Small business growth is what’s going to make this city flourish and we can’t wait to see how this year’s winner will positively impact and inspire future entrepreneurialism in our city.” The top 10 businesses vying for public votes are: Bohomodern will become a brick & mortar boutique featuring clothing, furniture, decor, and gifts for women, men, kids and home. Their new storefront aspires to impart a sense of creativity, optimism and discovery to…

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DAILY DETROIT: Here’s 5 Reasons to Explore Detroit’s West Village

  • August 9, 2015
DAILY DETROIT: Here’s 5 Reasons To Explore Detroit’s West Village

This article was originally published on Daily Detroit By Janis Tsai When a neighborhood becomes “trendy” or “hot,” it is easy to forget how much work and money was involved to get there. West Village is on the east side just past the bridge to Belle Isle and neighbors the more well-known Indian Village. Although the area has weathered the ups and downs of Detroit a bit better than others thanks to a stalwart and resilient community, there’s an additional resurgence happening here based upon that foundation the long-standing community kept in place. It’s a neighborhood with a character all its owns and ties to Detroit’s past that’s worth a look. According to an in-depth Crain’s Business article detailing West Village’s 2014 revival, Villages Community Development Corp. spent $2.83 million rehabbing five properties in the neighborhood. The Detroit Lions made a six-figure…

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Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest kicks-off May 1

  • April 28, 2015
Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Kicks-off May 1

2014 winner Sister Pie opens in West Village April 24 DETROIT– The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest returns for its fifth year and will begin accepting applications on Friday, May 1. Entrepreneurs with a retail concept must submit their business plan for a chance at winning a $50,000 cash prize provided by Comerica Bank. In addition to the $50,000 cash prize, the winner will also receive a package of services including legal, marketing and advertising, accounting, public relations and IT support from Hatch Detroit and its partners. All applications must be submitted online at For complete submission guidelines and contest rules, visit The deadline for submissions is July 24, 2015. Last year’s Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest winner Sister Pie will open Friday, April 24, just eight months after becoming the contest’s fourth champion. Sister Pie aims to celebrate the…

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New spot grant funding through Detroit Lions awarded to six Hatch Detroit Alumni businesses

  • November 12, 2014
New Spot Grant Funding Through Detroit Lions Awarded To Six Hatch Detroit Alumni Businesses

DETROIT/November 12, 2014 - In an expansion of the Hatch Detroit Alumni Program, six Hatch alumni businesses have been awarded grants to improve their business or get closer to opening their brick and mortar storefront. “We believe strongly in all of the businesses who have competed in the Contest,” says Vittoria Katanski, Executive Director of Hatch Detroit. “This funding from the Detroit Lions will give them the support they deserve as they work to open their doors or advance their business.” These grants have become available through the Detroit Lions in an extension of the Hatch Detroit Alumni Program. Those who were accepted into the Top 10 Semi Finalist rounds of the Contest and who have followed through on their business plans but need additional support, are eligible to apply. Each year, $40,000 will be awarded to selected alumni projects…

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CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS: La Feria owner credits Hatch Detroit win for success

  • August 27, 2014
CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS: La Feria Owner Credits Hatch Detroit Win For Success

This article was originally published by Crain's Detroit Business. By Mark S. Lee With Sister Pie recently winning the 2014 Hatch Detroit contest, I wanted to check in with a past winner to see how its business is doing since it won the contest. I recently interviewed Elias Khalil, owner and operator of the 2012 Hatch Detroit winner, Detroit-based La Feria Spanish Tapas, about the business and what's happened since it won the contest two years ago. Other business partners include Pilar Baron-Hidalgo and Naomi Khalil. The restaurant has been open since October 31, 2013. La Feria, which is located at 4130 Cass Ave., said it is Michigan's only authentic Spanish tapas restaurant, serving traditional Spanish tapas paired with a full bar and an exclusive Spanish wine selection. The restaurant was founded on the basis of providing authentic Spanish cuisine…

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DETROIT UNSPUN: Sister Pie is the deserving and delicious winner of the 2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest

  • August 21, 2014
DETROIT UNSPUN: Sister Pie Is The Deserving And Delicious Winner Of The 2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest

This article originally appeared in Detroit Unspun By Karen Dybis Now, the real news peg: Sister Pie is the winner of the 2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by The Detroit Lions. According to its description, Sister Pie “aims to celebrate the seasons through pie and will use seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to create sweet and savory food, including pies, cookies, breads and breakfast pastries.” Sister Pie will receive $50,000 from Comerica Bank, which provides the grand prize. This tasty new business also will receive legal, accounting and information-technology services from a variety of Hatch Detroit sponsors. This is the fourth year the contest has put a business on the map – previous winners include Midtown’s Hugh and LaFeria as well as Batch Brewing Company. (Hugh and LaFeria are already open; Batch is opening in Corktown in fall.) Wednesday night…

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