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UEDA Community News - May 2019
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June is National Homeownership Month! On Friday, May 31 Take Root Milwaukee joined Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, ACTS Housing, Housing Resources Inc., and United Community Center for a press conference at City Hall kicking-off National Homeownership Month. Visit for a calendar full of events that can help you and those you know start on the path to homeownership. Take Root Milwaukee is excited to be hosting two open-to-the-public workshops in June in partnership with Riverworks Development Corporation (6/20) and Havenwoods EDC (6/25).

In early May, UEDA and national nonprofit the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund announced Constance Alberts has joined our team as the Bank On Greater Milwaukee Fellow! Milwaukee is one of five Bank On coalitions across the country and Constance will work to advance banking access efforts through local coalition leadership. LIKE & FOLLOW Bank On Greater Milwaukee's new facebook page for updates and announcements about this effort!

On May 21 UEDA and Diverse Dining hosted our second partnership meal of 2019. Money Talks: A Dinner Table Conversation Around Money created a space for attendees to discuss money and our personal and cultural relationships to it. More than twenty individuals joined us and expressed a desire for society to normalize talking about finances and recognized the fact that no matter our age, race, gender or world view, we all interact with money and can learn from others on how to better our own situations.
UEDA Member Highlights

Through their 'Bring Us Home' Capital Campaign, Acts Housing has raised $2.175 million to help transition more renters to homeowners. Help them reach their total goal of $2.75 million by donating here today!

Thanks to a $3.5 million grant from JPMorgan Chase Co.LISC Milwaukee, the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, WWBIC, the Greater Milwaukee Committee, MKE United, the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development, MEDC and Columbia Savings & Loan have launched Brew City Match - a collaborative to help support business and building owners located in Historic King Drive, North Avenue & Fond du Lac, and Cesar Chavez Drive corridors.

After serving as president and CEO of YWCA Southeast Wisconsin for 20 years, Paula Penebaker announced that she will retire once a successor is named. Read more about her impact on the organization and community here.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has received $3 million from Columbia Health System to establish two new philanthropic funds that will support women’s health in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties.

Congratulations to Raquel Filmanowicz of BMO Harris Bank, Betsy Corry of First Stage, Kathleen Rinehart or Cardinal Stritch University, and Trena Bond of Housing Resources, Inc. on being named among the Milwaukee Business Journal's 2019 Women of Influence.

Associated Bank announced a new philanthropic investment of $100,000 in Wisconsin’s community action network (WISCAP) that will help expand access for low-and moderate-income communities in the areas of homeownership, home repair, small business, financial literacy and workforce development programs.

The City of Milwaukee Department of City Development has updated their Opportunity Zones website to include an interactive map that can help investors determine whether a property is located in a Milwaukee Opportunity Zone and more easily connect with local Improvement Districts and neighborhood organizations in the zones. The site includes prospectus for 30th Street Corridor, Downtown, Harbor District, Menomonee Valley and Near West Side. 

Congratulations to MLKEDC (Welford Sanders Lofts), Milwaukee Public Library (Mitchell Street branch) and the Sherman Phoenix on being named among winners of the Milwaukee Business Journal's 2019 Real Estate Awards!

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin received a Milwaukee County Historical Society Centennial Award in recognition of their 100 years of service in the Milwaukee Community. Congratulations!

The Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management announced their 2nd Annual Summer Film Series with films that focus on food insecurity, gang violence, and urban redevelopment.

UEDA Community

WHEDA Announces New Director
Joaquin Altoro has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority by Gov. Tony Evers. Altoro most recently served as vice president of commercial banking for Town Bank and has a strong background in public and private partnerships, working with diverse neighborhoods and advising community development projects. Learn more >>

Waukesha County Center for Growth Loan Fund
Named Generating Resources and Opportunity in Waukesha (GROW), the fund is aimed at spurring economic growth and received contributions from Town Bank and Johnson Financial Group. Learn more >>

BRAVA Women to Watch Nominations
Do you know an artist, entrepreneur, foodie, inventor or volunteer who is making things happen in Madison and beyond? Nominate her for a BRAVA Magazine 2020 Women to Watch award by July 31, 2019. Details & Nomination >>

Federal Trade Commission Roundtable | June 18
Spotting and Avoiding Scams Targeting Diverse Communities in Milwaukee + Wisconsin

Every year, scammers defraud the public of hundreds of millions of dollars by selling fake services and worthless products – for everything from housing and health to debt collection, jobs and education. Meanwhile, imposters threaten people with jail if they fail to pay nonexistent fines or fees. The Federal Trade Commission invites you to a Media and Community Stakeholder Roundtable where public officials, legal aid providers, community advocates and victims of fraud will talk about what local reporters and leaders can do to better inform their communities.

Details & RSVP >>

Small Business & Nonprofit

2019 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference | June 4-5
The two-day 17th Annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference is one of the Midwest’s premiere “how-to,” hands-on events for entrepreneurs of all ages and experience levels. Put on by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the conference will be June 4-5 at Venue 42 at the Milwaukee Brewing Co., 1128 N. 9th St., near the Fiserv Forum. “Diversity and inclusion” is a key conference theme this year. Details & Registration >>

Milwaukee7 Venture Capital Fund
Milwaukee 7 has launched the a venture capital fund to provide capital to companies as loans, equity or loan to equity with grant support for financing assistance, market analysis, and other support services. The fund is intended to help companies achieve business development milestones and loans will be made in amounts ranging from $50,000-$125,000. Details & Application Details >>

Professional Development for Nonprofit Management

The UWM School of Continuing Education has a variety of summer courses that can help you increase your skills and grow your management abilities. View course schedule >>

Webinar: Beginning the Advocacy Journey with Your Board of Directors | June 4 11:45am - 1:00pm
This webinar session is for board and staff leaders of nonprofits that are not currently engaged in issue advocacy and public policy work but are open to exploring the idea and seek credible information on this critical topic. Share this announcement with your board and staff & consider viewing together over a brown bag lunch. Register here >>


UMA Gathering: “Building New Narratives for Manufacturing”
June 5-7 | Bradley Technology and Trade High School
The Urban Manufacturing Alliance, in partnership with Menomonee Valley Partners, is hosting its national Urban Manufacturing Alliance conference in Milwaukee where they have created a one-of-a-kind experience that will focus on recasting narratives around making and  manufacturing. Attendees will explore and share how organizations are creating impactful community connections, and how to best document these successes to update the narrative about the value of manufacturing. Details & Tickets >>

MPL Psychology of Spending Workshop
June 5 | 6pm-7pm | Bay View Library Branch

Each person has unique attitudes about spending and saving. By recognizing the tendencies that have shaped past decisions, participants will be able to make the necessary adjustments to change unproductive financial habits into positive ones. Details here >>

Revitalize Milwaukee Coffee and Community
June 6 | 9am-11am | Revitalize Milwaukee Office

Featured guest will be Legal Action of Wisconsin. Each quarter RM hosts this free event where you can grab a cup of coffee, connect with resources and hear from an inspiring speaker. Each event attracts 50+ partner agency reps across industries. Details & Registration >>

Strengthen, Build, and Learn Business Credit
June 6 | 5:30pm-7:30pm | Capital Business Suite

Join the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin to learn how to build business credit the correct way without ever needing a personal guarantee, strengthen your business profiles with Duns and Bradstreet, Business Experian, and Business Equifax, and how to get and keep a high paydex score. Details & Registration >>

Equity Forward: Nonprofit Leadership Summit
June 6-7 | Alverno College Conference Center

Recent reports on the state of equity in the social sector's workforce and leadership show that diversity initiatives over the last 20+ years are not going far enough to create meaningful diversity and inclusion. This event will bring together national partners and local leaders to share knowledge, discuss common challenges, and consider opportunities for accelerating our collective efforts over the next three to five years. Details & Registration >>

Veterans in the Skilled Trades Workforce
June 11 | 11am-1pm | Entercom (Milwaukee)

Join the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce to hear what methods for attracting veterans are bringing success to businesses across Wisconsin. Details & Registration >>

NWSP Grand Opening of "Evicted" Exhibit
June 21 | 5pm-9pm | Mobile Design Box

Join Near West Side Partners for the Grand Opening of Evicted, an exhibition based on Matthew Desmond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book. The exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through September 30. Details & RSVP >>

A Home for Everyone Conference: Housing: A Building Block for Equity and Opportunity
July 17-18 | Lismore Hotel | Eau Claire, WI

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Affordable Housing consists of community-based organizations, private concerns, government agencies and advocates committed to promoting the development and preservation of affordable housing throughout Wisconsin. Details & Registration >

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Member Spotlight

PRISM EDC exists to provide the Sherman Park Community access to resources that result in sustained economic growth and human flourishing. PRISM EDC is the premier provider of services and opportunities that help people experience greater self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope.

PRISM's first initiative in Milwaukee is UPSTART KITCHEN - Milwaukee’s first-ever incubator kitchen. Providing a fully equipped kitchen, with wrap around services, UpStart will support food entrepreneurs in the city to start or scale their business.
Learn more here.

Through the month of June, UpStart is hosting free info-sessions to learn more about what the space will offer users.
VIEW INFO-SESSION INVITATION and learn about how you can invest in this exciting project through their

Check our list below to see if it's time to renew!
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Gary Korb
Milwaukee Public Library

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee

Burleigh Street CDC
Cardinal Stritch University
Community First

Data You Can Use
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 EDC
Independence First
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
LISC Milwaukee
Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp.
Metro 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
WI 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
Outpost Natural Foods
P3 Development Group
U.S. Small Business Administration
UWM Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
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)
Howard Green (Howard Green & Associates)
Ihsan Atta (OPUS Corporation)
Joan Johnson (Milwaukee Public Library)
Julia O'Connor (Administrative Triage)

Kingsley Siribour
Kurt Paulson

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