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UEDA Community News - September 2018
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What we're working on...
  • On Saturday, October 13 Take Root Milwaukee is hosting their third and final citywide homeownership fair of the year. Attendees can connect with lenders, Realtors, neighborhood organizations, homeownership specialists, nonprofit agencies and City of Milwaukee representatives. This free event will offer a workshop on preparing personal credit for homeownership as well as a neighborhood homes tour where individuals will go inside of three properties up for sale in Havenwoods. The event will run from 8am to Noon at Daniel Webster Secondary School. Please share this opportunity with your networks, clients, friends and family! Learn more and share here >>
  • Join us on Thursday, October 18th for SOCIAL ENTERPRISES: Advancing Mission, Extending Impact, Strengthening Sustainability. The third session in our 2018 Emerging Topics Series will provide an overview of the social enterprise model, feature a panel of local institutions offering training and support to organizations interested in exploring this model, and the opportunity to talk with area organizations operating successful social enterprises and/or those that have participated in social innovation trainings. This event is free for current UEDA members and $20 for non-members.
    Learn more and register here >>
  • On September 19 we hosted our wrap-up Color of Law book club discussion. A small group discussed the final chapters of the book and contemplated what a current resolution to the historic and intentional segregation of neighborhoods by the US Government could look like. We will be submitting our discussion feedback to LISC Milwaukee and the Fair Housing Council who are responsible for coordinating the city-wide reading of Richard Rothstein's book.

  • On September 14th we welcomed a dozen of our members and community partners to a leadership briefing on advocacy engagement and the nonprofit sector. Attendees shared where their organizations are at in terms of advocacy and policy work, discussed barriers and successes, and helped us begin to identify how we can most effectively convene leadership from organizations in our network who are interested in developing a shared issues agenda. Please stay tuned as we continue to build out this part of our work and support. Contact if you are interested in joining us at future opportunities.
UEDA Member Highlights

There are many opportunities to participate in a Greater Milwaukee Foundation On the Table conversation!
Check out the different options and sign up to participate on October 9.

Congratulations to Northwest Side CDC and Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity on being named among the BizTimes 2018 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists!

ArtWorks for Milwaukee was recently highlighted on CBS58 Sunday Morning Spotlight where their arts-based, workforce readiness programming was featured and multiple artworks unveiled.

ACTS Housing and Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity's homeownership programs are helping Milwaukee residents rehab homes and create long-term, stable housing for themselves.

Menomonee Valley Partners will invest in adding roads to make their now-full business park more accessible and plans welcome new spaces that could include offices, a hotel, and commercial space as part of their second wave of development.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors hosted their seventh annual Silver City InterNational Festival which celebrated the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Silver City neighborhood and Milwaukee through food, the arts and music.

Safe & Sound celebrated its 20th anniversary and honored four of its partners on September 13, during their event, “A Night to Unite: Celebrating Neighborhood Champions”.

THE VIBE, Riverworks Development Corporation's shared, community-driven co-working space has room available for independent workers in need of office space.

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is seeking mentors for their 2018-2019 Emerging Leaders mentoring program.

UEDA Community

Manufacturing Diversity Institute - Innovation Cafe
The MDI and MATC are hosting a session focused on “Reinventing Manufacturing - Driving Manufacturing Talent" at their National Manufacturing Day event on Friday, October 5 from 7:15am to 1:00pm. Under-served business enterprise manufacturers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), innovators, makers, government, community leaders, policy experts, workforce development leaders, researchers, educators, and individuals who want access to modern manufacturing expertise and networks are encouraged to attend. Details & Register >>

Toward One Wisconsin Conference | April 11-12, 2019
The 2019 Toward One Wisconsin Inclusivity Conference will bring together individuals and organizations from multiple sectors across Wisconsin to address the most persistent barriers to inclusion, what is working, and what is promising on the horizon. Call for proposals due October 12 >> 

United Way Project Homeless Connect
Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect is a one day, one-stop shop event on taking place on Thursday, October 18 from 10:00am to 3:00pm that aims to bring resources and services under one roof to better serve people experiencing homelessness. Click here to learn how you can register your organization to provide services or resource table at the event. Volunteers also needed!

MANDI Award Nominations Now Open
The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation is celebrating 20 years of recognizing excellence in community development! Applications for the 2019 MANDI Awards are now being accepted for all categories. To nominate an individual, nonprofit organization or business working to make Milwaukee communities stronger, visit to complete the online application by October 24, 2018.

Small Business & Nonprofit

Spaces Available for Launch MKE Fall 2018 Cohort
This 9 week cohort program covers the business model canvas in depth and teaches foundational business principles. Each participant will be paired with a BizStarts’ Entrepreneur Coach to work with them one-on-one before, during, and after the program. Sessions begin on October 4th are are held every Thursday from 6:30PM – 8:00PM at the Social Development Commission. Registration >>

SBA Course: Growing an Established Company
How do you know if you and your company are ready for the next step? This Small Business Association course will help you determine if a growth opportunity is right for you. Launch course here >>

New Civic Accelerator
Launched by The Commons, NEWaukee and Startup Milwaukee, Co-lab will connect emerging talent with professional development opportunities to help Milwaukee's business improvement districts in neighborhoods across the city. Learn more >>

Webinar on Advocacy & Board Engagement
Beginning the Journey with Your Board of Directors: Practical Ways to Start the Board Conversation about Advocacy is designed for boards 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. The webinar will address why nonprofits need to engage in advocacy efforts, what the law allows tax exempt nonprofits to do, organizational entry points for making the decision to engage in advocacy, specific roles that board members can play, examples of service provider nonprofits that have made the decision to engage in advocacy, and provide an overview of proven resources that can help. Register here >>

Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
Limited space available! On October 24th, speakers 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 & Registration >>

Upcoming Events

LBWN Mining for Silver Dinner & Auction
October 4 | 5:30PM | The Ivy House

This wonderful event supports LBWN’s economic development and job creation initiatives in Milwaukee.
Register here >>

HWCC 12th Annual Business Awards
October 12 | 4:30PM | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Be a part of the largest Hmong business formal event in Wisconsin by attending this year’s 12th Annual Business Awards Banquet, “Elevating Our Legacy”! HWCC will be showcasing some of Wisconsin’s newest and best Hmong and Southeast Asian businesses. Details & Tickets >>

ArtWorks Night By the River
October 13th | 6PM | Zimmermann Architectural Studios
Night by the River is a tasting event where guests can enjoy a sampling of craft beers, wines, delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local establishments all while support ArtWorks for Milwaukee. Throughout the evening, there is a raffle, and silent auction with a wide variety of enticing packages generously donated from local businesses. Details & Tickets >>

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

October 16 | 5:30PM | 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Mercy House Live in Hope Reception
November 15 | 4PM | Milwaukee County 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

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

Milwaukee Job Corp Center offers a variety of academic programs in addition to their job training, including a high school diploma or the equivalent, English language learning program, tutoring and academic support, and advanced career training.

Their Center is located on a 25-acre campus in Milwaukee and their building was constructed using green design principles, including geothermal technology.

Learn more about
Milwaukee Job Corps Center
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Burleigh Street CDC
Fix Development
G Calaway Realty, LLC
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Helen Bader Institute
for Nonprofit Management
Landmark Credit Union
Lashunda Wingard (Me Time Candles & Gifts)
Martin Luther King EDC
Milwaukee Job Corps Center
Teens Grow Greens

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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