All News News Posted February 5, 2021 By Choose Marshall

Choose Marshall Receives Cresco Labs Grant for Small Business Relief

The Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance (MAEDA)/Choose Marshall is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from Cresco Labs to help fund its Small Business Relief initiatives for area businesses.

The funding will support the continuation of the popular Marshall Bucks “matching” program, in which an individual may receive a “match” of up to $50 for $50 or more of Marshall Bucks purchased. Marshall Bucks, able to be used at over 80 participating area businesses, is a simple gift certificate program that works just like a check and are available for purchase at the Marshall Welcome Center or with credit card over the phone. The matching program will continue until the $10,000 in funding is exhausted.

“Choose Marshall has actively supported our small business community during this unprecedented time,” said James Durian, CEO, MAEDA/Choose Marshall. “Given the Covid-19 crisis and the negative impact it has had on many of our retail, restaurant, and entertainment businesses, finding creative ways to work with corporate partners to continue this support is more important than ever. This grant from Cresco Labs is invaluable to the economic health of our small business community and we sincerely thank them.”

“Cresco Labs believes strongly in being active in the communities that we operate in,” said Nick Fallon, General Manager, Michigan Operations, at Cresco Labs. “We feel a responsibility to get involved and support organizations that are focused on making a positive impact on the small businesses that are such a vital part of our economy. Marshall has welcomed Cresco Labs locating here, and we are pleased to assist Choose Marshall in this way.”

Cresco Labs is one of the largest vertically integrated, multistate cannabis operators in the United States, with a mission to normalize and professionalize the cannabis industry. As the largest wholesaler of branded cannabis products in the U.S., the company has built a portfolio of some of the most recognized and trusted brands available to medical patients and adult use customers in Michigan, including Cresco, Remedi, Good News and Mindy’s Chef Led Artisanal Edibles. Cresco Labs operates the industry’s largest Social Equity and Educational Development initiative, SEED, which was established to ensure that all members of society have the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to work and own businesses in the cannabis industry. Learn more about Cresco Labs at

MAEDA/Choose Marshall believes that facilitating job growth, while leveraging the area’s unique assets, makes our community the place to live and visit. For more information about economic development, small business services, and community events in the Marshall area, visit or call the Welcome Center at 269-781-5163.