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UEDA Community News - August 2018
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  • On Saturday, August 18, Take Root Milwaukee welcomed over 70 individuals to their second citywide homeownership fair of the year. Attendees connected with 20 Take Root members, representing lenders, Realtors, neighborhood organizations, homeownership specialists, and the City of Milwaukee. A workshop educated attendees on what the home purchase process entails, and the resources available to assist. A neighborhood homes tour took 27 individuals inside three properties up for sale on the Near West Side where they learned about the unique attributes offered by this collection of neighborhoods, and reviewed mortgage options and down payments.
  • On Monday, August 20 we welcomed more than 60 of our members and partners to Merriment Social for our Annual Community Gathering! We were thrilled to thank and honor  Julia Taylor of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Jessica Noth of Havenwoods EDC for their extraordinary commitment to the community and support of UEDA. And we recognized outgoing Board Members, Clarissa Ortiz, Marlene Castillo, and Steve Adams for their years of service. View photos from the event here >>
  • We invite your organization to join us on September 14th from 8:30am to 10:30am at the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin for a Leadership Briefing on Advocacy and Nonprofits. If your organization is interested in becoming more actively engaged in policy and advocacy work, we encourage you to attend this session along with staff and Board members. Find more information and a link to register here >>
  • Join us on September 19 from 4:30pm-6:00pm as we host our wrap-up Color of Law book club discussion. We will be covering chapters 8 through the final FAQ's. This gathering provides the opportunity to hear from individuals with different experiences and perspectives on the causation and impacts of segregation in the United States.
    Click here for details and to RSVP >>

  • Along with a committee of our members and partners, we are currently planning for our third and final Emerging Topic Series event of 2018. This session will focus on the why, how and who of social enterprises and social entrepreneurship, by providing a '101' on their structure. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from those offering trainings and guidance on this model, as well as local entities currently operating under this model. The session will be held in mid-October -- look for a save the date soon!
UEDA Member Announcements

Congratulations to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation on receiving a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, placing them second in performance among southeastern Wisconsin's largest nonprofits!

Riverworks Development Corp is hosting Riverworks Week from September 17-25! Activities include a pop-up morning cafe, a Friday night block party, a bike tour through one of Wisconsin’s oldest planned industrial parks, a business plan competition. View the event schedule here >>

Menomonee Valley Partners is hosting their 2018 Valley Week from September 22-29. Events highlight the authentic Valley experience, showcasing nature, great jobs, and entertainment in the heart of the city. Experiences include a Fishing Clinic, Kayak Tour, Happy Hour on the River, the popular Ultimate Beer Run, and more.

Congratulations to the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce on renewing the only strategic agreement between a Hmong organization and the SBA in the country!

The Harbor District, Inc. was featured on Lake Effect where they discussed the future of the district and the first park to be built in the harbor.

That Salsa Lady was recently featured on WISN's Made In Wisconsin segment where their salsas and urban farm, 'That Hood Ranch' were highlighted. Follow them on facebook to find out where they will be selling!

Pop-Up MKE, an initiative of LISC Milwaukee, has announced the third round of businesses participating in this innovative entrepreneurship program:

  • Businesses at 1008 S Cesar E Chavez Dr
    LoveSum: hand-crafted paper décor
    Yenepa Herbals: natural, healing body products

  • Businesses at 339 W. North Ave
    PopTherapy: one-of-a-kind candles, and offers private candle making classes
    Distinctive Designs by Tomira: one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces of wearable art
    FlyBlooms: provides unique adornments, scarves, purses, and signature hair blooms

  • Businesses at 1617 W. North Ave
    Basia Rose Designs: fashion brand with an expertise in alternations and custom designs
    Happy Hustlin: specializes in screen printing, and urban apparel

UEDA Community

Wisconsin Policy Forum Honored
Wisconsin Policy Forum was awarded the "Most Effective Education" award for their report "On the Money? The City of Milwaukee's Uncommon Revenue Structure and How it Compares to Peer Cities" at the Governmental Research Association’s (GRA) annual policy conference in Detroit. View the report here >>

MPS Seeks Black & Latino Male Mentors
Black and Latino men from Milwaukee and the surrounding area who are willing to commit their time and share their knowledge are encouraged to become a mentor to Black and Latino students in Milwaukee Public Schools. Learn more >>

Milwaukee's Affordable Rent Issue
A Wisconsin Policy Forum study shows more than half of Milwaukee County households in 2016 were occupied by renters, and most couldn't afford their rent. Read more >>

Help Balance the Milwaukee County Budget 
Milwaukee County is facing a tight budget and looking at potential service cuts, bus route reductions, and possible fare increases for the GO Pass and the New Freedom Pass. [For example, the proposed MCTS budget would increase the daily fare for a GO Pass or New Freedom Pass from $1 a day to $2 a day.] Share your budget priorities with County policy makers by balancing the budget using an online tool called 'A Better 414'. Access tool here >>

Regional Transit Leadership Council Seeks Director
As it works with its partners to pursue two major regional actions and future initiatives, the council seeks a fee for service contractor interested in growing a young organization, and having a positive and visible impact on the region’s economy, workforce, and quality of life. Deadline to apply is tomorrow! More information here>>>

Small Business & Nonprofit

Help BizStarts Expand Coaching Hours
BizStarts helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses through one-on-one coaching, personalized mentoring and meaningful connections - all for free! They currently have the opportunity to expand coaching hours through a match grant challenge by the Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation and are at 70% of their goal. Help them meet their match by donating now through September 20th. Donate here >>

National Small Business Credit Survey
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Community Development and Policy Studies division is partnering with 11 other Reserve Banks in conducting an annual, national Small Business Credit Survey. The survey collects data about small business performance (from those with fewer than 500 employees) from across the United States.
Click here to sign up as a partner and provide survey feedback.

SAVE THE DATE - Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
Studies have tracked the small percentage of people of color in Executive Director / CEO nonprofit roles for years. Efforts to support and train and inspire and mold aspiring leaders of color are important, but they’re not enough to move the dial towards more diverse leadership. On October 24th, Sean Thomas-Breitfeld and Frances Kunreuther will present key findings of the Nonprofits, Leadership and Race Survey, including analysis of survey respondents’ current nonprofit positions, personal and professional backgrounds, views on leadership, interest in leading a nonprofit, training and supports needed, plus much more. Details here >>

Upcoming Events

FCI Understanding the Voting Process in Wisconsin
August 30 | 1pm-2pm | Webinar
Shauntay Nelson, Democracy Director of Wisconsin Voices, will discuss photo ID requirements, how to register to vote prior to the election and on the day of the election, your rights as a voter, and how to complete your ballot.
Register here for free >>

LBWN Silver City InterNational Festival
September 8 | 12:00pm-5:00pm | West National Avenue

This FREE festival celebrates the cultural diversity of the Silver City neighborhood through food, the arts, and music! Travel the world along West National Avenue and sample ethnic cuisine from countries spanning the globe while also enjoying live art performances, free live music, free activities for kids and displays from local businesses. More info >>

WHEDA First-Time Home Buyer Seminar
September 8 | 1pm-3pm | Delta Hotels by Marriott Racine

Take the next step to home ownership by attending WHEDA’s First-time Home Buyer Seminar. This FREE seminar will tell you how to get started, as well as: benefits of owning vs. renting; how much house you can afford; what makes a mortgage affordable; the mortgage process; and closing your mortgage loan. Register here >>

HUD FHA Underwriting Training
September 12 | 8:30am-4pm | HUD Wisconsin Office

This free, on-site training will cover a wide-range of topics, including: FHA’s Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1; underwriting the FHA appraisal and endorsement protocols; Loan Review System (LRS); and much more. This training is intended for direct endorsement underwriters and loan processors; however, other mortgage lending professionals may benefit from attending. Registration is required by September 6, 2018. Register here >>

United Way Men’s Job Seminar
September 18 | 9:00am-1:30pm | ManpowerGroup

A job seminar for local men looking to find a job or explore a new career. Attendees will create a resume, polish their interview approach, learn how to build a network, make employer connections and work with volunteer mentors. Information & Registration >>

WEDA Fall Conference
September 26-28 | Lambeau Field, Green Bay WI
The theme of this year’s fall conference is Unpacking your Economic Development Toolbox. Sessions will offer exciting presentations and discussion on new economic development programs and tools, updates on existing ones, and expert guidance on best practices for implementation.
Details & Registration >>

SDC Summit on Poverty
September 27-28 | Hyatt Regency (Downtown)

This year, SDC will be hosting its annual Summit On Poverty in partnership with WISCAP’s annual Poverty Matters! conference. Through this partnership, they will engage the community with the theme Sharing Our Stories, Cultivating Our Solutions: Closing the Rural-Urban Divide. Keynote Speakers are Tim Wise (anti-racist writer and educator in the United States) and Dr. C. Nicole Mason (author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America and director of CR2PI at the New York Women’s Foundation). Registration Open >>

MMFHC & LISC Milwaukee
Richard Rothstein: MKE Reads Color of Law

October 16 | 5:30pm-7:00pm | MATC Cooley Auditorium

Richard Rothstein, author of Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America will speak to book clubs and community members about his groundbreaking book. As the book lays out, our community’s history of segregation has roots in all of our sectors: local, state and federal government, real estate profession, lending, city planning, law, and education, etc.
Register here >>



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Member Spotlight

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) works to build and sustain strong and healthy neighborhoods in Milwaukee's Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park communities on Milwaukee's south side.

Working with residents and stakeholders, LBWN has:

Leveraged $40 million in neighborhood investment resulting in renovated homes, new businesses and public space improvements

Invested $7.2 million in home improvement dollars to 1,000+ homes

Invested $6.2 million into 71 homes

Helped create 31 new businesses and 116 new jobs

Engaged 8,000+ neighbors in 200+ community projects and events

Join LBWN on Saturday, September 8th (12p-5pm)
their annual Silver City InterNational Festival!
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Associated Bank
Johnson Bank

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Burleigh Street CDC
Center Street Marketplace (BID 34)

Center for Veteran's Issues, Inc.
Centro Hispano Milwaukee
Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative
CommonBond Communities WI

Community First
Disability Rights Wisconsin
Dominican Center
First Stage
Fix Development
Gateway Business Association
Granville BID

Goodwill Industries of SE Wisconsin
Guest House of Milwaukee
Harbor District, Inc.

Historic King Drive BID
Hmong WI Chamber of Commerce
Landmark Credit Union
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
LISC Milwaukee

Menomonee Valley Partners
Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee Christian Center

Milwaukee County
Economic Development

Milwaukee Development Corporation
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee Urban League
My Choice Family Care
Near West Side Partners
Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
Northcott Neighborhood House
Northwest Side CDC
P3 Development Group

Prism Economic Development Corporation
Riverworks Development Corp.
Safe & Sound, Inc.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee
& Waukesha County

UWM Center for Economic Development
Urban Strategies, Inc.
Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
The Water Council
Wisconsin Community Services, Inc.
WI Partnership for Housing Development
WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Lenders & Funders
Associated Bank
Bader Philanthropies
BMO Harris Bank
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Forward Community Investments
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Johnson Bank
PNC Bank
Town Bank
U.S. Bank

Corporate & Governmental
AT&T Wisconsin

Aurora Heath Care
City of Milwaukee DCD
Community Insurance Info Center
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Job Corps Center

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Business & Community Partnerships
Mueller Communications, Inc.
Small Business Administration (SBA)

Individual Members
Andy Holman (Ritz Holman CPA’s)
Barbara Markoff (Huntington Bank)
Carol Maria
Dan Brophey

Dave Glenn
Deborah McCollum-Gathing
Gary Goyke (Goyke & Associates)
Gary Korb (SEWRPC)
Ishan Atta (OPUS Corp)
Jim Hill (Cardinal Capital Management)
Joan Johnson (MPL)
Julia O'Connor (Administrative Triage)

Howard Green (Howard Green & Associates, LLC)
Kathryn Berger (WEDC)
Kingsley Siribour
Krystina Kohler (United Way)
Leo J. Ries (MLK EDC)

Leonar Rosas (UMOS)
Lynnea Katz-Petted (Revitalize Milwaukee)

Matt Richardson (SmartWave)
Nathan Guequierre (AECOM)

Nina Johnson (Guaranty Bank)
Peter Richardson (Northwestern Mutual)

Robert Meiksins (Forward Steps Consulting)
Rusty Borkin (Community Wealth Building)
Sarah Greenberg (FCI)
Shawntell Parr (Midwest Insurance & Financial)

Ted Matkom (Gorman & Company)
Tim Syth (Lush Production)
Tina Konitzer
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors)
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