Four Local Businesses Come Up Big in Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Neighborhood Renovation Program Contest

Wells Fargo recently named one Grand Prize Winner and three finalists in its Wells Fargo Works for Small Business®: Neighborhood Renovation Program Contest, which ran from May 1 – June 16, 2017. The four winning businesses will each receive a physical location or storefront makeover for their business.

On May 1st, small business owners in designated Houston neighborhoods/ZIP codes were invited to enter the contest by completing a contest application, and writing an essay responding to four questions about their business on Four other cities – Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami and Minneapolis – were also selected to participate in the contest, with each city having its own four local winners for a total of 20 winners.

“Wells Fargo is honored to name four local small businesses as winners in the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Neighborhood Renovation Program Contest,” said Darryl Montgomery, Region Bank President, Houston South, Wells Fargo. “The company has a long history of focusing on outreach and building strong relationships with small business owners to help them succeed financially, and we are excited to support the Houston small business community through this program. We look forward to seeing how the contest helps these businesses take the next step toward their goals.”

A panel of judges, including Houston-based judges, reviewed the entries and selected one Grand Prize-winning business to receive up to $25,000 in business renovations, and three other businesses to receive up to $10,000 in business renovations. Wells Fargo launched the program in collaboration with Rebuilding Together, a premier nonprofit organization focused on rebuilding communities in need across the country. The Samuel Group, a multi-disciplinary architectural planning and design firm with offices throughout Texas, has agreed to contribute their services pro-bono as part of the contest.

The Grand Prize Winner of the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Neighborhood Renovation Program Contest is Doshi House, LLC – located in Houston’s Third Ward.

Doshi House serves locally sourced coffee and unique vegetarian food, and operates with a mission to revitalize the community by providing an inviting gathering place. Doshi House opened in 2012 and is located in an 81-year-old building that is need of several important repairs. Winning the contest as the Grand Prize winner will allow for many of the needed repairs and provide an opportunity for Doshi House to expand so it can continue to accommodate its growing customer base.

The three other finalists for the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business®: Neighborhood Renovation Program Contest are:

Kaffeine Coffee Internet & Café

Kaffeine Coffee & Internet Café is nestled in Houston’s Third Ward off of Almeda near Southmore, and provides a friendly place for the diverse community it serves to meet and relax. One challenge the business faces is curb appeal and frontal visibility. By being a finalist for the contest, they hope to address this issue, and plan to make some changes to the interior that would improve food-service efficiency and allow for an expanded menu.

Best Mini Market

Best Mini Market is a family-owned and operated convenience store that offers a variety of products at an affordable price. In addition to providing a safe and friendly place for customers to shop, Best Mini Market has plans to build a sizeable produce section to meet its customers demand for fruits and vegetables, and expand its deli to offer more hot food items. By being a finalist for the contest, Best Mini Market plans to make changes to its store layout and bring more products in store for its customers.

Chapman Food Market

Chapman Food Market is a boutique grocery store located in the Near Northside neighborhood. Joseph Le bought the store from the previous owner in 2013, and has worked hard to make improvements – including expanding its product selection and hiring local residents – to better serve customers who frequent the store. By being a finalist for the contest, Le hopes to expand the grocery and fresh produce departments, and make improvements to the space to encourage a more inviting atmosphere.

Upon completion of the business renovations, Wells Fargo plans to host a small business community event in Houston to showcase the renovations and engage the broader community of small business owners in Houston.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Renovation Program Contest, as well as Wells Fargo Works for Small Business – a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and services for business owners – visit