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MEDC Grant App

Below are links to the Michigan Small Business Relief Program.  Applications need to be submitted by the end of the day on Sunday, March 29th to emergencyloanfund@bcunlimited.org: Qualifications         Application ...
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BCU offers loans for small business owners, says more money is coming

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) announced it will be providing at least $500,000 in loans to small businesses in Battle Creek who have been negatively impacted by coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, and adversely affected by Executive Order No. 2020-9. READ MORE HERE ...
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Battle Creek Unlimited Launches COVID-19 Resource Page For Battle Creek Businesses and the Community

PRESS RELEASE  March 20, 2020, Battle Creek, Michigan – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) launched a resource page to assist with the dissemination of accurate information during the COVID-19 global pandemic crisis. Whether you are a business, a nonprofit organization, a company in need of space to support relief efforts, an employee working in Battle Creek, or a Battle Creek resident, battlecreekcovid-19.com is a landing page of pertinent information. During this challenging time, BCU’s priority is our community. We are aware there is a lot of great information available, and we want to make it as easy as possible for our business ...
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Battle Creek Unlimited Establishes $500,000 Emergency Loan Fund for Small Businesses Affected by Executive Order No. 2020-9

Press Release For Immediate Release Battle Creek Unlimited Establishes $500,000 Emergency Small Business Loan Fund For Impacted Businesses of Executive Order No. 2020-9 March 19, 2020, Battle Creek, Michigan – During this historical time of uncertainty, Battle Creek Unlimited has established an emergency small business loan fund for food & beverage businesses located in the City of Battle Creek that have been adversely affected by Executive Order No. 2020-9. The federal government is currently in the process of approving emergency funds to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  The SBA will be working directly with the Governor to provide targeted, ...
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COVID-19 Stay Informed

Battle Creek Unlimited would like to make sure that everyone in the community has the most current information available.  To find the latest information on COVID-19, please CLICK HERE to be routed to the City of Battle Creek's website. As a reminder, while all indoor dining has been suspended, many of the local establishments are offering pickup or delivery.  Be sure to continue to support our local organizations. Please continue to wash your hands often, and practice social distancing.  Stay informed and stay healthy. Your friends at BCU ...
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$20.6M affordable housing project planned for downtown Battle Creek

Two new housing development projects are in the works for downtown Battle Creek. Hollander Development Corporation is collaborating with Battle Creek Unlimited on a $20.6 million project to redevelop two properties in the heart of downtown as affordable housing...  READ MORE HERE ...
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Battle Creek Unlimited investing $800,000 in 2 downtown buildings

It's about keeping the momentum going. As projects like the Milton, Record Box, and Handmap Brewing are beginning to open, Battle Creek Unlimited is investing $800,000 to renovate two of downtown buildings... CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story by the Battle Creek Enquirer ...
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BCU’s Winter 2020 Newsletter

BCU is pleased to share its Winter 2020 Quarterly Newsletter. This edition includes: The Announcement of Two New BCU Board Members Lori Schroll of BCU Retires BCU Hosts BCPS Junior Achievement Save the Date: Fort Custer Spring Mixer Company Spotlight, Cask & Kettle … plus other news and information.  The newsletter is available to view as a pdf here. Our goal is to provide useful information to people who live and/or work in Battle Creek.  We welcome your feedback and story ideas. Email your comments to BCUNewsletter@bcunlimited.org. You can also follow Battle Creek Unlimited on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. If you would ...
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2020 Economic Outlook

Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this year's 2020 Economic Outlook a success.  It was great to see so many smiling faces bright and early this morning.  If you missed the event, don't worry, Access Vision was there to film the entire presentation.  As soon as we have the dates it will be shown on Access Vision and the link to the video we will update this information, stay tuned.  In the meantime, here is a copy of the presentation that was shown at the event: Slides: 2020 Economic Outlook Presentation Video: The video is also ...
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Battle Creek Unlimited Announces Two New Board Members

Press Release February 4, 2020 Battle Creek Unlimited Announces Two New Board Members Battle Creek, Michigan – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are Dr. Adrien Bennings and Andrew (Drew) Schweitzer.  “Both new Board members will bring new talent and expertise to the table.  We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to work together with local partners and stakeholders to strengthen our community,” said Joe Sobieralski, President & CEO of BCU. Dr. Adrien Bennings is the ...
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Battle Creek Food Mixer

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New Holland Brewing Co. aims for summer opening after getting nearly $1 million from MEDC

January 15, 2020 New Holland Brewing Co. is now projected to open in Battle Creek in the summer of 2020. It hasn't been easy for New Holland Brewing Co. to begin construction of its downtown Battle Creek brewing, but they are finally ready to begin. The brewery received a $968,500 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation... READ MORE HERE ...
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2020 Economic Outlook

Join Battle Creek Unlimited and 250 local business and community leaders for the annual 2020 Economic Outlook on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The 2020 Economic Outlook is one of the most anticipated economic forecast events in our community. SPEAKERS: Jim Robey, Director, Regional Economic Planning Services of the W.E. Upjohn Institute, will review regional, state, and national industry trends as they relate to Battle Creek, providing employment projections and an overall economic forecast for our area. Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited, will provide the community with an overview of BCU’s ongoing economic development projects and initiatives ...
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Jay Andrew Development Co. awarded $250,000 Real Estate Improvement Fund Grant

January 6, 2020 Battle Creek, Michigan – Jay Andrew Development Co. has been awarded a $250,000 grant from Battle Creek Unlimited, through the downtown Real Estate Improvement Fund, for its plans to rehabilitate 103 W Michigan Ave. The funds will go toward a phased redevelopment of the property, starting with a full roof repair. Additional plans for the property redevelopment include white-boxing the first floor, which can be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate tenants of different sizes, and residential/office use for the second floor, including some affordable apartments. The Real Estate Improvement Fund was made possible by ...
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BCU’s Newsletter Fall 2019

BCU is pleased to share its Fall 2019 Quarterly Newsletter. This edition includes: Downtown Progress Tom Davis of Prairie Farms Retires MEDC MarComm Team Hi-Lex Executive Meets with BCU Consular Corps Reception Save the Date, Economic Outlook 2020 … plus other news and information.  The newsletter is available to view as a pdf here. Our goal is to provide useful information to people who live and/or work in Battle Creek.  We welcome your feedback and story ideas. Email your comments to BCUNewsletter@bcunlimited.org. You can also follow Battle Creek Unlimited on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. If you would like to unsubscribe, please send ...
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LKV Ventures awarded $240,508 Real Estate Improvement Fund Grant

October 31, 2019   Battle Creek, Michigan – LKV Ventures has been awarded a $240,508 grant from Battle Creek Unlimited through the downtown Real Estate Improvement Fund.  This fund was made possible by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at addressing significant hurdles faced by those wanting to invest in downtown by focusing on revitalizing vacant space, improving code compliance, structural and mechanical issues, and other upgrades. LKV Ventures intends to use the grant funds for the renovation of their recently purchased property located at 70 E. Michigan Ave.  Plans for the project call for white-boxing the ...
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Umami Ramen awarded $250,000 Real Estate Improvement Fund Grant

October 24, 2019   Battle Creek, Michigan – Umami Ramen has been awarded a $250,000 grant from Battle Creek Unlimited through the downtown Real Estate Improvement Fund.  This fund was made possible by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at addressing significant hurdles faced by those wanting to invest in downtown by focusing on revitalizing vacant space, improving code compliance, structural and mechanical issues, and other upgrades.   Umami Ramen, an existing local favorite eatery, intends to utilize the grant funds to renovate the newly purchased property at 215 W. Michigan Ave. offering expanded square footage and ...
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JPG Resources awarded $208,618 Real Estate Improvement Fund Grant, creating a permanent location for Café Rica

October 15, 2019   Battle Creek, Michigan – JPG Resources has been awarded a $208,618 grant from Battle Creek Unlimited through the downtown Real Estate Improvement Fund.  This fund was made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at addressing significant hurdles faced by those wanting to invest in downtown by focusing on revitalizing vacant space, improving code compliance, resolving structural and mechanical issues, and supporting other upgrades to bring unoccupied properties back into productive use. JPG Resources plans to use the grant funds for renovation and build-out of ground-floor retail space in their building at 62 ...
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Preliminary Engineering Report RFQ -Southwest Michigan Food Accelerator

Below is the link to the Preliminary Engineering Report RFQ -Southwest Michigan Food Accelerator. Deadline for submission is October 4th, 5:00 p.m. To review the complete RFQ, CLICK HERE ...
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BCU’s Newsletter Summer 2019

BCU is pleased to share its Summer 2019 Quarterly Newsletter. This edition includes: Save the Date: Economic Development Town Hall Save the Date: Manufacturing Day 2019 Summer mixer recap BCU's visit to Northern Strike 2019 Stewart Industries launches new FTZ service guest column by Charlie Mead, on the Coordinating Council of Calhoun County … plus other news and information.  The newsletter is available to view as a pdf here. Our goal is to provide useful information to people who live and/or work in Battle Creek.  We welcome your feedback and story ideas. Email your comments to BCUNewsletter@bcunlimited.org. You can also ...
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