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UEDA Community News - April 2019
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Join us for our our second
Diverse Dining Partnership Meal of 2019!

No matter your age, race or gender, we have all interacted with money. However, the topic is often avoided when it comes to conversations with friends and family. Many people grew up with the notion that money is an 'off-limits' topic to bring up or discuss, but in order to grow and improve our financial situation, talking about it is necessary.

This dinner table conversation will explore personal and cultural relationships to money and encourage attendees to think about who they might want to have a 'money talk' with.

Early Bird Tickets: $35  |  General Admission Tickets: $45
Current UEDA Members received email with promo code for $5 off.
UEDA Member Highlights

ACTS Housing announced that they will be expanding their homeownership services to Beloit this summer where they aim to assist 150 families through a fully supported $2.9 million initiative. Congratulations!
In early April, WHEDA announced the award of over $24 million in Federal Housing Tax Credits and over $7 million in State Housing Tax Credits. The tax credits will support 35 developments that are projected to create more than 2,000 units of rental housing. Included in the awards is Community First, who was awarded tax credits to redevelop a vacant MPS school into 50 units of high quality, affordable senior living.
Congratulations to Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods on receiving the 2019 MANDI Award for Collaboration from Northwestern Mutual. RON is a partnership among Sherman Park Community, Washington Park Partners, Riverworks Development Corporation and Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative.
Milwaukee Habitat officially kicked-off their 2019 build season in March with a $200K grant from Wells Fargo! They are currently in year-two of their Midtown 100 project.

Sarah Greenberg of Forward Community Investments joined Urban Milwaukee's City Beat podcast to discuss how their CDFI works to address disparities in Wisconsin.

Congratulations to representatives from Town Bank, The Commons (GMC), Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Advocate Aurora Health on being chosen to take part in the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard University!

Teens Grow Greens will open Webers Greenhouse for the season on May 4 - an experiential learning facility where teen interns learn life skills through hands-on experience in mentorship, entrepreneurship, and agriculture.

Congratulations to MLK EDC on receiving a Community First Award from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago in recognition of a series of redevelopments completed in partnership with WHEDA. MLK EDC also received a LISC Milwaukee MANDI Award for the redevelopment of the Welford Sanders Historic Lofts in Bronzeville.

The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA) is currently accepting applications for a newly-created position of Executive Director.

Milwaukee Christian Center is hiring for a Bilingual Community Organizer. It is an opportunity for a leader passionate about strong neighborhoods, who will be responsible for leading diverse neighborhood residents and partners in a collective process to strengthen the Muskego Way Neighborhood.

Wisconsin Community Services is hosting their On the Road Again fundraiser in support of their Center for Driver’s License Recovery & Employability (CDLRE) program which increases the number of licensed drivers among low-income residents in Milwaukee County.

There are several paid internship and summer job opportunities currently available through Teens Grow Greens (info), ArtWorks for Milwaukee (info) and the City of Milwaukee's Earn & Learn program (here).

UEDA Community

Community & Economic Development Awards
Created by WEDA and its partner organizations, the awards recognize economic development best practices of businesses and organizations that are making their community a better place to live and work, celebrating the dedicated efforts of local, county, regional, state, and private organizations that are advancing Wisconsin’s economy. The 2019 CEDA Awards will be held on September 11 at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison, WI. Nominations close June 1.

HACM's Convent Hill Project in Opportunity Zone
The Housing Authority may seek additional funding for the affordable housing development through the federal Opportunity Zone program and seeks to identify sites in other zones that could work for additional development opportunities. Read more >>

Free Eviction Mediation Available
Services are available to landlords and tenants in Milwaukee County through Mediate Wisconsin. Mediation is a private meeting with a trained professional who can help find solutions to common rental challenges such as missed, late or partial rent payments, maintenance/repairs, pests, breach of lease terms, communication issues, disruptive behavior, etc. Mediation can occur before or after a filing, however, requesting mediation before an eviction action is filed can provide benefits that save time and money. More Info >>

Small Business & Nonprofit

10th Annual Small Business Conference | April 29
Hosted by the Office of Small Business Development in partnership with the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin. Enjoy workshops, presentations, networking and new connections. Details & Registration >>

Celebrate National Small Business Month!
National Small Business Week kicks it all off May 5-11, and on May 10 SCORE and Wisconsin SBA will host the Small Business Awards Breakfast. Event includes a keynote from Marie Moody of Stella and Chewy's pet food, and three small business workshops. Learn more >>

On Tuesday, May 21 the Milwaukee Public Library will host An Entrepreneurship Imperative for Black America: A Response to Black America's Hidden Entrepreneurship Think Tank, featuring Dr. Keenan Grenell. The event goes from 5:30-7pm and will be at the Central Library. View flyer here and register here or call 414-286-3011.

Nonprofit Academy of Wisconsin: May Workshops
Change is Coming.  Prepare for it, manage it, lead it.  Learn how at these workshops. CDBG-funded agencies receive a 15% discount. Contact UEDA for a code.

Boots to Business Training Program | May 17
Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration to Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses. This one day in-person course is provides participants with an overview of business fundamentals, while introducing techniques for evaluating the feasibility of business concepts. Details & Registration >>

Registration Open: Equity Forward - Nonprofit Leadership Summit
This two-day summit features the latest research, trends, and action planning with national thought leaders and local organizations. Attendees will learn about new national efforts to advance systems change in nonprofit sector diversity and leadership, share knowledge with fellow practitioners on current trends, effective practices, and challenges, and consider opportunities for meaningful partnerships to advance shared goals in equity in the social sector workforce. Information & Registration >>

Nan Cheney March for Justice Awards Reception
May 9 | 5PM-7PM | 
Monona Terrace
Forward Community Investment's annual financial award given in the name and memory of social activist Nan Cheney. The $15,000 award recognizes an individual who tirelessly and steadfastly works to address issues of racial inequality and social justice. Info & Registration >>

Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference
May 23 | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

The Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference brings together veteran business owners, veterans friendly businesses, and corporate leaders to recognize the contributions veterans make to Wisconsin’s economy and our communities. Info & Registration >>

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Member Spotlight

HWCC is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing economic development assistance in business planning, market analysis, marketing strategies, effective day-to-day business operations and much more. HWCC acts as an advocate for the Hmong and Southeast Asian communities in Wisconsin regarding business and economic issues.

HWCC is also a forum for Hmong and Southeast Asian entrepreneurs to discuss successes and challenges, offering support resulting in a win-win for all of Wisconsin.

They provide financial resources and business consultation to those who are interested in starting their own business and/or for current business owners looking to expand through a Revolving Loan Fund and Micro Loan Fund. Additionally, HWCC provides one-on-one support, mentoring, workshops and business development assistance to help  business start-ups grow capacity.

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UEDA Members

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee

Burleigh Street CDC
Community First
Educators Credit Union
First Stage
Fix Development LLC
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
Granville Business Imp District #48
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Harbor District, Inc.
Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
LISC Milwaukee
Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp.
Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
My Choice Family Care
National Disability Institute
North Avenue Marketplace (BID #32)
Northwest Side CDC

Outpost Natural Foods
Prism EDC
Safe & Sound, Inc.
Teens Grow Greens
The Business Council
TMG Wisconsin
Urban Strategies, Inc.
UWM Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
Wisconsin Community Services
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Lenders & Funders
Associated Bank, NA
Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
Forward Community Investments
Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Johnson Bank
Landmark Credit Union

Town Bank
U.S. Bank

Corporate & Governmental
AT&T Wisconsin
Aurora Health Care

City of Milwaukee DCD
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Milwaukee Job Corps Center
P3 Development Group
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
U.S. Small Business Administration
UWM Center for Economic Development

Individual Members
Barbara Markoff (Huntington Bank)
Brian Doudna (WEDA)

Carol Maria
Daniel Brophey
David Johnson (Cream City Farms)
Deborah McCollum-Gathing
Frank Martinelli (Center for Public Skills Training)
Gary Korb (SEWRPC)
George Calaway (G. Calaway Realty LLC)
Howard Green (Howard Green & Associates)
Ihsan Atta (OPUS Corporation)
Joan Johnson (Milwaukee Public Library)
Julia O'Connor (Administrative Triage)

Kingsley Siribour
Lashunda Wingard (Me Time Candles & Gifts)
Matt Richardson (SmartWave)
Nathan Guequierre (AECOM)
Rob Meiksins (Forward Steps Consulting)
Rusty Borkin (Diver Consulting)
Shawntell Parr (Midwest Advantage Insurance & Financial)
Steve Chernof
Tina Konitzer
Ursula Twombly
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board)
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