MakiBiz Request for Proposal Winners Announced!

MakiBiz Request for Proposal Winners Announced!

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Aug 02, 2013
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In April, MakiBiz launched a program to support small businesses and entrepreneurs affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. After a four-month search and interview process, 8 businesses were chosen, with a total of 48,000,000 yen (US$480,000) committed towards supporting their reconstruction.

まきビズ(宮城県石巻市)は、2013年4月に、被災中小企業の復興を支援するため、資金援助を希望する企業や個人事業主を募集しました。その結果、8企業へ総額4800万円を建築費用補助金として支援することになりました。

Principal support was provided by The Prudential Foundation.

このプログラムは主に米国プルデンシャル財団からの支援金により支えられています。

In response to MakiBiz’s outreach efforts, nearly 40 applications were received from the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima. After careful consideration by third-party judges, 8 businesses were chosen under criteria such as: the level of damage received due to the tsunami; projected future growth; and the role played in the business’ community as a whole, including future employment plans and accessibility to the public.

まきビズの幅広い募集に対し、応募は岩手、宮城、福島の各県から40件近くにものぼり、厳正に審査した結果、被災状況や将来の事業性、雇用や地域での重要性などの公共性を考慮し8企業を選出しました。

Grant recipients include two businesses in Iwate Prefecture and six businesses in Miyagi Prefecture - all of which were devastated by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, and support will go towards a portion of construction costs needed to build and rebuild factory and office spaces.

支援先は岩手県内2社、宮城県内6社で、被災した工場や事務所、店舗などの事業用資産の再建費用の一部を補助します。


  • Oshu Kotsu, Rikuzentakata, Iwate - bus tourism company
    奥州交通、岩手県陸前高田市 (観光バス会社)
  • Wakaba Kindergarten, Natori, Miyagi - Kindergarten
    わかば幼稚園、宮城県名取市 (幼稚園)
  • Tesuki Washi Ushiogami, Shichigahama, Miyagi - washi (Japanese paper) making business
    手漉き和紙潮紙、宮城県七ヶ浜町 (和紙製造会社)
  • Baikado, Shiogama, Miyagi - Japanese confectionery
    梅花堂、宮城県塩釜市 (和菓子製造会社)
  • Yamadai Utsumi Suisan, Ishinomaki, Miyagi - marine processing business
    ヤマダイ内海水産、宮城県石巻市 (水産加工会社)
  • Oikawa Denki, Ishinomaki, Miyagi - boat electronics business
    及川電機、宮城県石巻市 (船舶専門電機工事会社)
  • Yamayo Suisan, Kesennuma, Miyagi - oyster farming business
    ヤマヨ水産、宮城県気仙沼市 (牡蠣養殖業者)
  • Sasaki Tekko, Rikuzentakata, Iwate - ironworks factory
    佐々木鉄工、岩手県陸前高田市 (鉄工所)


MakiBiz has also been providing pro bono architectural and business advice to small and medium businesses looking to work towards growing their business in areas affected by the disaster.

まきビズでは、今回の建築資金支援だけではなく、被災企業が再生するためのビジネス・サポートも行っており、建築とビジネスの両分野に関するアドバイスを無償または低料金で受けることができます。

To revive the city's economy and raise employment rates, the recovery of small and medium enterprises is crucial. Many businesses don't qualify for governmental support, and those that do often receive insufficient help. MakiBiz is working to find ways to support these businesses beyond this RFP program – financially, as well as with reconstruction and business planning.

被災した中小企業が復興することは、雇用の面や地域経済の復活において大変重要です。国の補助金制度を受けられなかったり、受けられても十分でなかったりして、多くの事業で復興資金がまだまだ足りていません。これらの企業に対してこの公募プログラムのみならず、今後も資金面や再建計画、その他ビジネスサポートを計画しています。