Can-Do Kalamazoo launches $50K campaign for new building

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Can-Do Kalamazoo's new space will be designed to support businesses at various stages, so everyone has equitable opportunities to build thriving businesses. Rendering courtesy Berman Design

An organization is launching a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign to raise the remaining capital for its mixed-use incubator space in Kalamazoo.

Can-Do Kalamazoo (CDK) said Monday, June 20, it is looking to raise $50,000 through a Patronicity crowdfunding campaign. If the organization meets its $50,000 goal, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will provide a matching grant of an additional $50,000.

At Kalamazoo’s Night Market on Thursday, June 16, CDK unveiled its new branding, floor plans and amenities for its future home at 519 S. Park St. in Kalamazoo, where the organization is planning to move later this year.

“Can-Do Kalamazoo’s new look is exciting, but the real excitement is what is taking shape in our new space and the enhanced offerings we will be able to provide as a result,” said Lucy Dilley, CDK founder and executive director.

The organization has raised about 87% of its phase one capital campaign, Opening New Doors, which has a $650,000 goal.

“If successful, this Patronicity campaign will provide $100,000 in additional funding and help us close the gap in our capital campaign funding,” Dilley said.

To qualify for the MEDC matching funds, CDK must meet the Patronicity goal by Aug. 14.

The funds will assist CDK in relocating to the larger central location and allow for the addition of mixed-use incubator resources beyond CDK’s current food business program. CDK is an incubator working toward equity in the small business community. The new space will be designed to support businesses at various stages, so everyone has equitable opportunities to build thriving businesses.

Once renovations are complete, the new space will offer entrepreneurs and business owners access to a commercial kitchen with two or three hot pods; three or four prep pods; a dishwashing room; and cold, dry and frozen storage. Noncooking spaces for business development also will be available, including private offices, co-working spaces, conference rooms, classroom space, and a computer lab with internet access and hybrid meeting technology.

“Our one-stop entrepreneurial hub will provide a roadmap for each entrepreneur so they can see how far they have come and where they are heading,” Dilley said. “Each stage on the roadmap has a host of corresponding resources, tip sheets, exercises, courses and/or videos to help you get to the next stage.

“Increased access to Can-Do Kalamazoo’s valuable support and extensive ecosystem of partners will position entrepreneurs to thrive and contribute to our regional economy.”

More information about CDK is online.

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