Funded Projects

The SBA 504 Loan Program provides healthy small and medium-sized businesses with long-term fixed rate financing for the acquisition or construction of fixed assets. Projects are financed through a unique public/private partnership that involves private lenders financing 50% of project costs, MCDC covering up to 40% of project costs, and small businesses investing at least 10% of project costs. By taking a secondary collateral position on project assets, SBA provides a “collateral cushion” for the primary lender and reduces the amount of equity normally required of the borrower.

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Mark P. Karchon DO, PC

Dr. Mark Karchon has operated a family medical practice for over 24 years and is well established in the community. His practice serves all ages from prenatal and new born care to geriatric medicine. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Pontiac Orthopedic Hospital (POH). As a result of his growing business, Dr. Karchon needed more space and decided to purchase the 12,000 sq. ft. building where he was practicing. This new building doubles the treatment rooms to allow for growth and add another physician. By using the SBA 504 Loan Program and Citizens Bank, Dr. Karchon was able to obtain 90% financing at an attractive rate.

Mark's Watershed Tavern & Grill

This project involved the purchase of an existing restaurant in Haslett. Gus's Watershed Tavern & Grill (now known as Mark's Watershed Tavern & Grill) is a 2,827 s/f bar/restaurant that seats 115 people, plus 10 at the bar. Mark's is located on the corner of Marsh Road and Lake Lansing Road, near Lake Lansing. They offer casual dining with a variety of food items from burgers and sandwiches to filet mignon. Mark Fink purchased and operates Mark's Watershed with the support of his parents, Robert and Gayle Fink. The Fink family has owned and managed a local golf course and clubhouse in Perry (15 miles N/E of Haslett) for the last 19 years. Without the participation of the SBA 504 Loan Program, the Fink's would not have been able to purchase Gus's.

Maru Grand Rapids L.L.C.

Maru of Grand Rapids is a full service Japanese/sushi restaurant owned by Mr. Moohyun “Robert” Song.  Being well-established in Okemos with a loyal following, Mr. Song decided to branch out to Grand Rapids, which has become a local hot-spot.  Maru serves Japanese style food, including sushi and hibachi cuisine.  Believing in serving only the finest, freshest ingredients, they shop locally when possible and use organic produce and wild caught fish when available

Mr. Song decided to use the SBA 504 Loan Program to purchase a condo unit for his Grand Rapids restaurant with plans to enclose the unit with a three-season type of enclosure.  With help from the SBA 504 Loan Program offered by MCDC, Mr. Song was able to purchase and renovate his condo unit with only 10% down.

For more information on Maru Grand Rapids L.L.C. and for additional information on how Michigan Certified Development Corporation can help fund your business, please visit, Michigan’s #1 SBA Lending Partner!

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Marysville Tire & Auto Inc.

Marysville Tire and Auto, Inc. (MTA) was formed by Jeff Semrow and Jim MacMillan in 1993. They currently operate one of the largest independent repair facilities in St. Clair County. After many years of leasing, Jeff and Jim wanted to purchase their own building with 10 service bays, similar in size to their leased building with a few modifications to the lay out. Their new location will be almost directly across the street from their leased location. Jeff and Jim were able to obtain low rate financing with only 10% down. This was made possible through the use of the SBA 504 Loan Program and by partnering with MCDC and Eastern Michigan Bank.

Master Automatic Machine Company, Inc.

Founded by John Evasic Sr. in 1942, Master Automatic Machine Company, Inc. machines stainless steel components for the automobile steering and transmissions systems.  Current owners Mark and Carol Evasic have plans to purchase and renovate a building in Livonia because they need more space for the growing business. This will be the second time Mark and Carol have used the SBA 504 Loan Program to reap the benefits of being able to lock into a 20 year loan and fixed low rate. 

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