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$25,000 in a MEDC Match on Main grant awarded to support a small business in Downtown Charlevoix

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

A small business in downtown Charlevoix has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the Match on Main program which is aimed at supporting small local businesses to create resiliency and strengthen downtowns.

Charlevoix Main Street DDA worked with a new business opening at 217 Bridge Street, Unit C called Nomi Sushi to obtain the grant. Last week local leaders presented a $25,000 check to celebrate the conclusion of an extensive remodel of the space assisted by the grant funds. Nomi Sushi is set to open no later than Wednesday, September 15th and will be an experience that embodies time-honored technique and the highest quality ingredients in an intimate back-alley sushi bar.

“The Match on Main program has been an incredible tool made available to Charlevoix businesses for the last few years,” said Lindsey Dotson, Executive Director of Charlevoix Main Street DDA. “In the past recipients have included 11 small businesses to support start-up costs and much needed Covid-19 recovery funds. We are thrilled to welcome Nomi Sushi to Charlevoix because of the diversity it adds to the foodscape that can be enjoyed in our beautiful downtown.”

MEDC’s Match on Main program provides funding to communities that participate as a select and master level community in the Michigan Main Street program or are a Certified Redevelopment Ready community. The communities, who receive the grant funding from the MEDC, in turn award grants of up to $25,000 to eligible businesses seeking support. Charlevoix is a Master Level Michigan Main Street program and became a Certified Redevelopment Ready community in the spring of 2021.

“The Match on Main grant helped fund numerous projects for us including a new commercial door, American made true refrigeration equipment as well as interior design touches that will be sure to make Nomi Sushi a unique and special dining destination here in Northern Michigan,” says Chris Rutkowski, Owner of Nomi Sushi. “I want to thank Executive Director Lindsey Dotson and the Charlevoix Main Street DDA for their hard work and helping us navigate the difficulties presented to us this past year. Their dedication to the small businesses in our downtown Charlevoix community are a testament to their inspiring leadership and enduring community spirit.”

For updates related to the opening of Nomi Sushi, visit their Facebook page:


About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at .

About Charlevoix Main Street DDA

The mission of the Charlevoix Main Street program is to strengthen the year-round economic vitality of our vibrant historic business district through community efforts, events, and public/private partnerships while fostering a sense of community pride and ownership. For more information about Charlevoix Main Street DDA and our initiatives, visit


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