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UEDA Community News - October 2018
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What we're working on...
  • UEDA is thrilled to welcome a new staff member! We are excited to announce that Constance Alberts has joined the UEDA team this month as our new Financial Capability Project Manager. She was most recently with Johnson Bank in their Affordable Lending department, and prior to that spent 10 years at ACTS Housing developing their homeownership counseling program. Constance has extensive connections in the community,  both as a volunteer and through her work experience. We are very excited to have her on our team to help grow the Bank On Milwaukee and Money Smart Week programs. Welcome Constance!
  • On Saturday, October 13 Take Root Milwaukee hosted their third and final citywide homeownership fair of the year. More than 50 individuals were connected to 20 lenders, Realtors, neighborhood organizations, homeownership specialists, nonprofit agencies and City of Milwaukee representatives. The event offered a workshop on preparing personal credit for homeownership, as well as a neighborhood homes tour where individuals went inside of three properties up for sale in Havenwoods. If you are interested in learning more about Take Root Milwaukee, please contact
  • On Thursday, October 18th over 60 members and partners joined us for the third session in our 2018 Emerging Series. SOCIAL ENTERPRISES: Advancing Mission, Extending Impact, Strengthening Sustainability featured gifted communicator, entrepreneurial businesswoman, and trailblazer, Deanna Singh as well a panel of three local entities that provide support to emerging social enterprises: Bader Philanthropies, Cardinal Stritch University and BOOST Social Innovation. Attendees also got the chance to talk directly with local organizations who have launched social enterprises in an effort to diversify their revenue streams.
UEDA Member Highlights

Congratulations to Bader Philanthropies on the Grand Opening of their new global headquarters - located in Milwaukee's Harambee neighborhood! We are proud to call them a UEDA Champion and Member!

Congratulations to the Harbor District on receiving a Planning Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association for their Water and Land Use Plan.

WWBIC has recently received over $2 million in funding from the WI Department of Veteran Affairs, SBA, CDFI fund, US Department of Health and Human Services, and JP Morgan Chase - funds that will help them support veterans, low-income families and re-entry individuals with entrepreneurial training and technical assistance, as well as the new Sherman Phoenix development and Brew City Match fund. Congratulations!

On October 16, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and LISC Milwaukee hosted Richard Rothstein, author of 'The Color of Law' at a close-out event to their summer book-read where participants herd from Rothstein and engaged in questions and conversation.

Check out the First Stage Pay What You Choose Performance Schedule and share their season lineup! Pay What You Choose tickets are available on a first come, first served basis with a minimum suggested donation of $5 per person.

Menomonee Valley Partners has a new website and logo to reflect all the changes that the Menomonee River Valley has gone through over the past two decades.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has granted $3.5 million to Brew City Match, a collaborative economic development effort in Milwaukee led by Local Initiatives Support Corp in partnership with Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Savings and Loan, Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. and the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. Congratulations!

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has created a specialized funding opportunity available to 2018 On the Table MKE participants that will assist in getting ideas discussed off the ground. We look forward to seeing what community members do!

If you know members of the community, law enforcement professionals or organizations whose crime prevention efforts have benefited the Greater Milwaukee community, nominate them for a Safe & Sound and LISC Milwaukee Crime Prevention Award before November 16th.

UEDA Community

Milwaukee Streetcar Begins Service: Nov 2
The Hop will begin regular service beginning on November 2! The launch of service will be celebrated during a weekend-long slate of events, with a kick-off “Grand Hop-ening” set for Noon on Friday, November 2 at Cathedral SquareEvent details >>

Children's Savings Accounts for MPS Students
Beginning in 2019, K-5 students in 15 Milwaukee Public Schools will be automatically enrolled in Children’s Savings Accounts which can only be used for educational purposes. Learn more >>

New Transit Study - MCTS Routes 6 & 61
The UWM Center for Economic Development has released its most recent study, Joblines: An Analysis of Milwaukee County Transit System Routes 6 and 61. These two bus routes, created in 2015, connect residents of Milwaukee's inner city neighborhoods with job locations in suburban Waukesha and Washington counties. The routes were created through a temporary funding source which will expire on January 1, 2019. The study examines how the two bus routes have performed during their four years of operation.

Strengthening Your Leadership Toolkit: Nov 6
Join LISC Milwaukee and Bader Philanthropies as they host Deanna Singh, author of Purposeful Hustle for a session on leadership during Startup Week. Deanna will guide you through how to use your talents, skills, and resources to create a greater impact.
Details & Registration >>

New Community Hub at The Griot
Located next to what will be America’s Black Holocaust Museum, the hub, Freedom Endeavors, will provide free and rentable space for community members, corporations and nonprofits. Learn more >>

Milwaukee Veterans Week: November 5-8
Dedicated to promoting veteran owned and veteran-friendly businesses, as well as the vibrant network of nonprofit organizations in our community, the 3rd Annual Milwaukee Veterans Week is a week-long marketing and events program highlighting the contributions veterans make to their local community. Check out a list of events & promotions here>>

Job Opportunities
  • Safe & Sound is hiring a Drug Free Communities Organizer, Neighborhood Safety Coordinator and Youth Organizer.
    Job Descriptions >>

  • The City of Milwaukee is hiring Management Trainees to support the Common Council, DNS, ECO Office and Assessor's Office.
    Job Descriptions >>

Small Business & Nonprofit

2018 Start-Up Week: November 5-11 
Founded by Startup Wisconsin, Startup Week helps entrepreneurs discover resources in their communities, highlights the importance of startups to the growth of Wisconsin's economy, and showcases innovations developed by startup companies around the state. Browse events >>

WEDA Annual Marketplace Conference: Dec 12-13

MARKETPLACE helps minority, woman and veteran-owned company representatives learn about doing business with state, federal and local agencies as well as corporations. The first day features free workshops on construction, building sales, capacity a Foxconn project update and an evening networking reception. The second day begins with a breakfast program before opening the Expo Hall with one-on-one buyer meetings and booths of small businesses, resource providers, government agencies, lenders and others. Details & Registration >>

Want customers for your business?
Find them with DemographicsNow offered through Milwaukee Public Library. The customizable blend of census, statistics, marketing insights and people/business directories is perfect for creating visual analyses for business plans and entrepreneurial activities . Access here >>

Promoting Diversity: How Savvy Nonprofits Do It
This article collection from from the Chronicle of Philanthropy can help nonprofits interested in diversifying their staff - not only focusing on hiring more people of color, but those with diverse points of view and backgrounds. Access here >>

Upcoming Events

Nonprofit Excellence Awards
November 2 | 7:30AM | Italian Community Center

Each year, BizTimes honors reader-nominated corporate citizens and nonprofits for their ongoing commitment to making Milwaukee a better place to live, work and play. Following a panel discussion finalists will be celebrated and winners will be announced. Details & Registration >>

HeartLove Place Dine & Donate Week
November 4-10 | Participating Restaurants

Take a break from making a meal and dine out for a great cause. HeartLove Place has teamed up with local restaurants the week of November 4-10, 2018. Enjoy lunch or dinner with friends while giving back. View schedule of participating restaurants >>

Affordable Housing Forum
November 6 | 11am | Miller Park

Join CommonBond Communities to learn about their efforts to address the eviction crisis in Milwaukee. The event will feature a moderated panel of local eviction prevention experts. Hear from these community leaders and others as we discuss solutions to help lower the eviction numbers in Milwaukee. Details & Registration >>

Fall Fest Open House
November 7 | 4:30PM | ACTS Housing

The Fall Fest Open House is a chance for people interested in homeownership to meet our team, learn more about ACTS' program offerings, and connect with other neighborhood resources. There will be a fall scavenger hunt for kids, a meal, and more! RSVP >>

Mercy House Live in Hope Reception
November 15 | 4PM | War Memorial

This educational networking event will highlight the importance of affordable housing in helping people transform their lives. Live in Hope will engage over 200 real estate, financial and philanthropic leaders to network and fundraise to help Mercy Housing Lakefront and St. Catherine Residence provide affordable homes in Wisconsin. Keynote address to be delivered by Dr. Peter Edelman, the author of  Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. This book examines the intersection of poverty, race and the criminal justice system, shining a light on those working to create a more humane world. Details & Tickets >>

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Member Spotlight

The Business Council is the 501c3 affiliate of Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC). Developed specifically to focus on cultivating relationships and business opportunities among MMAC’s ethically-diverse businesses and corporate members in an effort to support MMAC’s Blueprint for Economic Prosperity.

TBC is a membership association that serves and supports ethnically-diverse businesses, as well as public and private sector business entities throughout WI. Members of TBC are connected to corporate, medium to large public-sector firms and small businesses to explore business opportunities and relationships.

Learn more about The Business Council

UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance

North Avenue Marketplace BID
The Business Council
Wisconsin Community Services

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.
Helen Bader Institute
for Nonprofit Management

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

Menomonee Valley Partners
Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee Christian Center

Milwaukee County
Economic Development

Milwaukee Development Corporation
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Job Corps Center

Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee Urban League
My Choice Family Care
Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
Northcott Neighborhood House
Northwest Side CDC

Prism Economic Development Corporation
Riverworks Development Corp.
Safe & Sound, Inc.
Teens Grow Greens

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)
George Calaway (G Calaway Realty)

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)
Lashunda Wingard (Me Time Candles & Gifts)

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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