Rolling in Dough Pizza wins small-business grant

Rolling in Dough owner Matt Michel, 30, makes Rolling in Dough owner Matt Michel, 30, makes pizza outside this truck with a wood-fired brick oven. He said it was shocking to find out his Greenport business was $250,000 richer after winning a JPMorgan Chase small-business grant. Photo Credit: Trevor Munch

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Maybe the name Rolling in Dough Pizza was a lucky charm.

The Greenport catering business, known for its bright red truck, is now $250,000 richer after winning a JPMorgan Chase small-business grant. The local business is one of 12 winners nationwide that Chase announced Tuesday as part of its Mission Main Street program. Chase said nearly 35,000 businesses nationwide competed for the grants.

"I didn't expect it at all," Rolling in Dough owner Matt Michel, 30, said in a telephone interview Monday. "It was shocking."

Contest co-sponsor Google will provide the winners free trips to its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters for a marketing workshop.

More than 1,500 businesses in New York State competed, including more than 300 on Long Island. The program is in its second year.

A panel of experts rated the applicants on such things as a "solid" business plan, a feasible growth plan, passion for their business and the potential for positive community impact.

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Michel plans to use his winnings to acquire a location so he no longer has to share kitchen space for prep work. A space of his own will also allow him to sell pizzas there and move beyond the seasonal business he now has catering wood-fired, brick-oven pizza from a truck on the East End. And he hopes to buy another truck to complement the red vintage 1943 International Harvester K-6 pickup he now uses.

The award "changes everything," he said. "It really does."


Correction.  Because of incorrect information provided to Newsday, the wrong credit appeared on a photo with this story. The photo was taken by Trevor Munch.

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