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Business competition brings more development to Macomb

Macomb is seeing more development in the downtown area, which is allowing entrepreneurs to shine. 

A new business is coming to Macomb, thanks to the small retail business competition the city held last month.  

Whether they won the competition or not, it’s not stopping entrepreneurs from opening their doors. The latest business to open its doors is Macomb Lakeview Medical and Psychiatric Healthcare.

"I just saw the need in our community grow and grow for mental health services, not only for medication management, but for counseling services and I just knew there wasn’t enough here for the people that needed it," Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Ashley Martin said.  

Martin is opening her doors on West Jackson Street and although she didn’t win the competition, it helped her make a three-year long dream, a reality.

"Everybody was so supportive of each other and I really look forward to everybody living out their dreams and getting their businesses open," Martin said. "I would definitely recommend it because there were so many resources that they gave us."

"Macomb Downtown Development Director Kristin Terry said she’s glad the entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the resources the competition gave them and said it’s a step in the right direction into bringing new businesses to Macomb.

"It’s great to see she took these workshops that she went through and learned the skills she needed to open the business," Terry said.

Macomb Lakeview Medical and Psychiatric Healthcare officially opens September 4. 

Martin isn’t the only entrepreneur putting her plan into action, as a pottery place, two bakeries and a dining company are trying to move forward with their business as well. 

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