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UEDA Community News - January 2019
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Saturday, February 23 | 6PM-10PM | Renaissance Place

UEDA invites our member, partners and the entire Milwaukee community to join us for our annual party with a purpose!  Dressed in cultural attire and Mardi Gras-style costumes, guests of Carnival Milwaukee will enjoy live music by De La Buena, flavorful dishes from over 25 local, ethnic restaurants, and a large dance floor with lessons and a performances by Salsabrosa Dance Company! We also have a topnotch raffle, a new photo-booth, and other games and festivities with prizes!
More information at

Ticket price includes access to all food, entertainment and limited parking.
$50 General Public | $45 CURRENT UEDA Member
UEDA Member Highlights

Congratulations to Michael Gosman (ACTS Housing), Ranell Washington (Town Bank), Erik Kennedy (Aurora Health), Amber Miller (WWBIC) and Jason Rae (Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce Inc.) on being named among the 2019 40 Under 40 Award recipients!

Genyne Edwards, founder and Partner at P3 Development Group, has been named one of Wisconsin’s 42 Most Influential Black Leaders. Congratulation!

Join Layton Boulevard West Neighbors for Phobruary and get $5 Pho from three participating restaurants in Silver City throughout the month of February.

Milwaukee Public Library’s Mitchell Street branch now houses an art installation created by local artist, 
Erick Ledesma, and community members titled “Common Thread.”

‘The Color of Law’ community book-read organized by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and LISC Milwaukee in 2018 has spurred participants to help create a school curriculum that will teach middle and high school students about the history of deliberate segregation.

With winter in full-force, keep the Guest House of Milwaukee in mind by donating cold-weather items to their shelter. They are currently in need of hats and gloves, in addition to the items on their wish list. Online orders can be shipped to their location or dropped off.

First Stage is performing Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical,” as their first ever full-length musical now through February 24. Get your tickets today!

UEDA Member P3 Development Group is working with the Milwaukee Art Museum to gather information from community members about why they visit (or may visit) the Museum, and how the Museum could attract a broader base of members from across the region. Share your insight via this five minute survey.


UEDA Community

Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
Recently the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee announced its closure after serving our community for nearly 50 years. Some of their programs (Volunteer Center and Giving Tree) have found a home with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, and they are communicating with other partners to find ways to continue to support nonprofit organizations. In the meantime we will continue to post relevant trainings, webinars and other opportunities from local academic institutions, continuing education programs, and professional/networking organizations in our newsletter.

Milwaukee Pedestrian Plan
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is developing Milwaukee's first citywide pedestrian plan! You can provide feedback on draft recommendations from the plan and share your thoughts with City staff in the coming weeks.
Learn more about the plan here >>

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program offers free tax preparation and e-filing services to individuals and families with an annual household income at or below $54,000. Last year, 925 tax returns were filed through the local VITA program, generating $1,536,487 in state and federal refunds. Many clients used their tax refunds to pay bills, add to their savings accounts, purchase homes, and make home or car repairs. Use this IRS tool to find a VITA location near you.

NCRC Just Economy Conference | March 11-13
This is the national event for community, policy, government and business leaders who work for fairness in banking, housing and business. The conference features a wide range of sessions on community organizing and advocacy, housing, access to capital and credit, workforce and community development, fair lending, and business development; Experts and advocates sharing best practices, and innovative ideas; Keynote addresses from prominent officials and leaders; a Hill Day visit; and the 2019 National Achievement Awards Dinner. Info & Registration >>

Small Business & Nonprofit

WWBIC Veteran Business Loan Fund
The WWBIC Veteran’s Loan Fund offers Veteran entrepreneurs and business owners up to $10,000 to fund business related expenses. Funds may be used stand-alone or in participation with other loan funds. Learn more >>

Webinar: Creative Placemaking Series
LISC is pleased to announce the webinar series 'How to Do Creative Placemaking' which will offer practical and tactical advice for local leaders, artists, and community development practitioners. The six part webinar series begins on February 13. Info & Registration >>

Webinar: Start the Board Conversation about Advocacy
Wednesday, February 20, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm. (No Charge), Hosted by Frank Martinelli, Center for Public Skills Training. For board and staff of nonprofits that are not currently engaged in issue advocacy and public policy work, but are open to exploring the idea. Share this announcement with your board and staff & consider viewing together over a brown bag lunch. More info and to register>>

Bookkeeping for Nonprofits Workshop Series
From Nonprofit Academy of Wisconsin, Inc. and taught by Andy Holman, CPA, starting February 27 (6 parts). Enhance your skills and learn to use accounting programs to accurately track and report your nonprofit’s’ finances. Learn basic concepts that programs like Quickbooks actually keep hidden. If you are the person responsible for bookkeeping at your nonprofit but have never received formal training, this workshop series is for you. $350 for the series including materials. Register here>>

Community Revitalization Fellowship Opportunity
The Community Revitalization Fellowship (CRF) is a new learning opportunity to help cohorts of grassroots community leaders revitalize neighborhoods that are struggling with serious challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment. This rigorous, nine-month fellowship program and will focus on how residents can advocate for and lead community efforts to improve vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties in order to make their neighborhoods safer for everyone. Six resident leaders from three communities will be selected as Fellows in 2019. Learn more and register for the informational webinar being held at 12:00o EST on January 30 here.

70th Annual Crime Prevention Awards
February 1 | The Wisconsin Club

LISC Milwaukee and Safe & Sound are proud to host the Crime Prevention Awards which recognize exemplary crime prevention efforts in the community. RSVP here >>

Milwaukee Food Council Youth SOUP Fundraiser
February 13 | Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co

Presenters are five youth groups from the Milwaukee area that are doing a project related to the Food System. Participants will be competing for funds that will help complete their projects. As an attendee you will get to vote for your favorite and help us distribute the funds to the most deserving youth! Donate $5-$15 dollars at the door that will go to the winning project. Info & Tickets >>

UEDA's Carnival Milwaukee
February 23 | Renaissance Place

Join UEDA for one of the most diverse, fun-filled events of the new year! Carnival Milwaukee celebrates Milwaukee's diversity and unique cultural identity through food, music, dancing, art and more! This year we're excited to be celebrating the 11th anniversary of this annual 'party with a purpose'. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Mentoring Monday
February 25 | The Pfister Hotel

Meet your mentor at Milwaukee Business Journal's BizWomen Mentoring Monday. This event will offer attendees the opportunity to choose from over 50 mentors for one-on-one coaching sessions through seven-minute conversations. Learn More >>

38th Annual Sacagawea Awards Dinner
March 3 | The Pfister Hotel

The Sacagawea Awards recognize women who have attained the pinnacle of their calling, reached out to guide others along the path to personal and professional success, and exemplify high standards in their professional careers. This annual awards program is sponsored by Professional Dimensions, the largest organization of professional women in Wisconsin. All proceeds support the Professional Dimensions Charitable Fund efforts this year on behalf of Pathfinders' New Paths program. Purchase Tickets >>

2019 MANDI Awards Gala
April 11 | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation recognize excellence in community development. Join LISC Milwaukee as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the MANDIs and continue to celebrate the good news of successful efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen our great community. Learn about finalists here >>

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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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Carol Maria
City of Milwaukee
Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
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
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
U.S. Bank

Corporate & Governmental
AT&T Wisconsin
Aurora Health Care
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)
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)
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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