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.


Principal support was provided by The Prudential Foundation.


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.


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.


  • 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.


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.