Destination Medical Center and City of Rochester provide $100,000 in “Keep It Local” grant funding to 55 Rochester small businesses

Destination Medical Center (DMC) and the City of Rochester announced the distribution of $100,000 in funding to 55 Rochester businesses through the Keep It Local, COVID-19 Innovators Grant Program. The grant program assists small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are working with other small business to respond to those challenges.

“We’re pleased to provide support to Rochester small businesses that are collaborating in creative ways,” said Lisa Clarke, executive director, DMC Economic Development Agency. “The innovations that emerge from the Keep It Local grant program will provide businesses some immediate relief and help Rochester build a resilient economy in the future.”

The City of Rochester contributed $50,000 in grant funds with DMC contributing $50,000 to businesses located in the DMC District. Of the 55 businesses receiving Keep It Local grants, 27 are receiving funds from DMC’s contribution to the program.

The grant requires that the recipient team up with a local service provider to develop an innovative solution to challenges presented by COVID-19. For example, many grant recipients outlined plans to team up with design agencies, media production companies, or marketing firms to update their online presence or business model.

Carol Bitton, Owner of Counterpoint

Carol Bitton, owner of Counterpoint and a recipient of a Keep It Local grant, plans to use the funds to enhance online sales.

“Counterpoint is thrilled to receive the support of the Keep it Local Grant. We look forward to partnering with local talent, White Space, to modernize our e-commerce business and continue to offer Rochester residents and Mayo Clinic patients an exceptional shopping experience,” said Carol Bitton, owner of Counterpoint.

The Keep It Local, COVID-19 Innovators Grant Program is one of the economic recovery measures developed by the Rochester Economic Stability Team, which is comprised of representatives from DMC, the City of Rochester, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Area Economic Development (RAEDI), Olmsted County, and the Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA).

The RDA administered the Keep It Local Grant on behalf of the city and DMC.


Recipient Provider(s)
99 Giggles White Space
Café Steam Superior Screeners
Cameo Pro Image
Collective Books & Records Latent Space
Counterpoint Home White Space
Fagan Studios White Space
Fyooz Financial Med City Beat and Wrkshp Studio
Grand Rounds Brewing Company Neon Green Studio
Healing Touch Spa Fagan Studios
James Krom Natural Images Post Bulletin
Lasker Jewelers UPS Store
Lettuce Unite White Space
Limb Lab White Space
Mango Thai Fagan Studios
Neon Green Studio Chamberlain Concierge and Lifestyle Management
Olive Juice Studios Media Core
Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria John Jimenez
Poppi Italian Leather Med City Creative
Porch White Space
Rochester Art Center Post Bulletin and 3D Virtual REALty
Rochester Framing & Fine Art Printing BrandHoot, LLC
Rochester Public Library Foundation Tulip Tree Studios and Data-Smart Computers
Tangerine at Wildflowers Katie Kirckof, LLC
The Nordic Shop Tulip Tree Studios
Threshold Arts Reagan Outdoor Advertising of Rochester and Davies Printing
White Space Fagan Studios
Yoga Tribe MN White Space


Recipient Provider(s)
Anderson Wheelchair NexGen Marketing
Big Bang Companies Curve Solutions
Carpet Booth Studios Northern Sun Productions
Chamberlain Concierge and Lifestyle Management Tulip Tree Studios
ExercisAbilities Data-Smart Computers
Flourish Counseling Center Brittany Baker
Garden of Massage Fagan Studios
Guide Your Heart SKOL Creative
Hot Chip Burger Bar White Space and Davies Printing
Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) Rosei Skipper
Jernberg Enterprises Allegra of Rochester
Little Thistle Brewing Company White Space
Lotus Health Foundation CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW
Med City Football Club LLC Fagan Studios
Mr. Pizza North White Space
MRJ Enterprises, Inc. Allegra of Rochester
Northern Sun Productions Carpet Booth Studios
Old Abe Coffee E & C Remodeling and CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW
OWL Therapy Services KTTC TelevisionGray Duck Entertainment, and Big Bang Companies
Revolutionary Earth Sargent’s Gardens
Rochester Clinic Lion Crest Leadership
Rochester Farmers Markets CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW
Rootz of Inspiration NexGen Marketing
Serenity House Network TerraLoco
Spark (Formally, Children’s Museum of Rochester) White Space
Urban Yoga Violet Fire and Warriors of the Open Heart Consulting
Wildwood Sports Bar and Grill Tulip Tree Studios