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UEDA Community News - September 2019
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On Thursday, September 19 more than 60 people joined us for the official launch of our Bank On Greater Milwaukee (BOGM) program! We were excited to have the Lt. Governor of the State of Wisconsin, Mandela Barnes, join us to emphasize the importance and need for this local coalition, as well as Paige Diner from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. We will work to expand banking access, joining more than 80 active Bank On coalitions across the US. We also featured a Local Coalition Panel where members shared a bit about our initial successes, and a vision for the future work of Bank On in our community.
Recap, Photos & Resources >>

In April we began what will be a year-long process of community engagement and data collection for the City of Milwaukee’s 5-Year HUD Consolidated Plan. Many of you attended our July 11 Emerging Topics Series event which provided an overview and how you can participate. We have two more focus groups sessions planned for early October. Please register to join us to discuss support for Small Businesses / Commercial Corridors (October 2 at 9:00am) and/or Youth Services (October 3 at 9:00am). Read Kristi Luzar's recent Op-Ed in the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service for more information on what this plan means for the City.

Join us on Friday, October 11 from 8:30am to 11:00am for Mapping Prejudice: Visualizing Hidden Histories of Privilege. In partnership with Forward Community Investments and the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development, we will welcome Kristen Delegard and her colleague Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, co-founders of Mapping Prejudice. They will share how racial covenants were used by real estate developers in the 19th and 20th century, and helped remake the racial landscape of cities across the U.S. We will also hear from the Milwaukee-area group, Divided by Design, on their efforts to develop a school curriculum for middle and high school students that teaches the history of segregation in this country. Details & Registration >>

For a more in-depth message about what we are engaged in this year, please read our recent Message from the Director.
UEDA Member Highlights

Bader Philanthropies has shared plans to redevelop a vacant building across from their headquarters on on MLK Drive into a cafe and wellness center occupied by Sam’s Place eatery and Shalem Healing, Inc.

To ensure programs ranging from VA home loans and G.I. Bill educational benefits to job training and VA health care are properly funded, the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce is organizing an effort to count veterans and military members and their families in the 2020 census.

Congratulations to Genyne Edwards of P3 Development Group and to the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce on being nominated as part of the first-ever Wisconsin Leadership Community Choice Awards!

Go behind the scenes this weekend at First Stage as they participate in Doors Open Milwaukee! You will get to enjoy performances by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, First Stage, Danceworks, and the Milwaukee Children’s Choir.

Using strategies coming out of MKE United, the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, LISC Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Urban League are planning to create an investment fund that will promote economic development and affordable housing in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown.

The Northwest Side CDC Board of Directors has engaged Leading Transitions to assist with their search process for a new Executive Director. All details about the process and timeline for applicants are contained in the Position Profile.

The YWCA Southeast Wisconsin and Literacy Services of Wisconsin were named finalists in the Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition for their development of Milwaukee Knowledge Exchange - a program that seeks to maximize the scope and reach of services to adults with academic needs facing barriers in southeast Wisconsin.

UEDA Community

Celebrating 25 Years of the CDFI Fund
Since the fund was established in 1994, CDFI's has expanded economic opportunity for hundreds of thousands of Americans who are traditionally underserved by financial institutions through approachable access to investment capital and financial services. Read more >>

Community Health Worker to Developer
To further improve the health of Milwaukee's central city residents, Bria Grant is renovating a vacant building into a mix of two apartments, a restaurant and new offices for UniteMKE, where she is executive director. Full story >>

Innovation Hub for Walker Point
A former knitting factory will be restored by Wangard into an innovation hub for growing science and technology companies, and education space for Milwaukee students. Plans include at least 25,000 square feet of incubator space for minority and low-income residents to grow businesses. Read more >>


  • Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking an experienced Attorney to join their Milwaukee office to provide direct, comprehensive representation to victims of crime with disabilities in relevant areas including family law and victim’s rights. Applications are due by 9/30/2019.
  • Safe & Sound is seeking a Neighborhood Safety Coordinator to serve as a liaison between City of Milwaukee residents living in the assigned Milwaukee Police Department districts and various lawenforcement, other government agencies, and the Assistant District Attorneys serving as Community Prosecutors in these neighborhoods.
  • Milwaukee Christian Center is currently hiring for several positions:
    Growing Connections Youth Program Coordinator
    Afterschool Youth Worker
    Accounting Assistant

  • WWBIC has open positions with their Madison, Milwaukee and Kenosha offices, including Small Business Consultant, Loan Officer, Loan Processing Specialist, and Financial Coach.
    Position Descriptions here >>

Small Business & Nonprofit

Master Volunteer Financial Educator Training
Individuals who complete this three-part training program (October 7, 14, and 21) offered through Extension Milwaukee County will learn how to help individuals set goals, reconcile debt, budget spending, organize financial records, control cash flow, become financially empowered, plan for the future, and save money for important purchases. A sponsor is covering the $75 cost of participating. Applications must be submitted by Friday, September 27. Application >>

BizStarts Milwaukee Fall Events
Download and share this flyer or visit to view the full calendar of events, which include networking opportunities, weekly work sessions, mentoring and BizTober Fest on October 6.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin Small Businesses Seminar

Join Senator Baldwin on October 10 (8:00am) as she hosts representatives from the U.S. Small Business Association, Wisconsin Procurement Institute, and WWBIC to discuss how they help support Wisconsin small businesses and provide more information about contracting with the federal government. Register here >>

WEDC Marketplace Wisconsin | October 23-24
This annual conference helps Wisconsin business owners meet with government and corporate buyers and connect with other small businesses and service providers from across the state. While the conference is open to all Wisconsin business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, conference content is specifically crafted for minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and LGBTQ-owned business enterprises and HUBZone businesses.

Information & Registration >>

WEDA Fall Conference
October 2-4 | Stevens Point, WI

This year's conference will focus on growing and sustaining a quality workforce, entrepreneurship, the strength of small business and highlight economic growth across of Central Wisconsin, including a session featuring how to foster entrepreneurial food and agricultural enterprises.
Agenda & Registration >>

Starting Your Business: 10 Steps to Success
October 3 | 3:00PM-5:00PM | Mitchell Street Library

Join Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee for a workshop on how to start a business with presentations from Von Briesen & Roper, S.C. View Flyer >>

2019 Summit on Poverty and SWIM Conference
October 7-8 | Wisconsin Center | Milwaukee

Hosted by SDC and Marquette University, this conference will create a safe space for well-informed, honest discussion with a theme of Self-Reflection, Hope and Collective Impact. Participants will be encouraged to evaluate their own beliefs and even biases as they examines local, state and national policies that impact poverty and trauma. Register here>>
View conference information & agenda here>>

Financial Literacy with WWBIC
October 9 & 16 | 6:00PM-7:30PM | MLK Library

  • October 9: Spending Plans
    Let’s explore budgeting made simple! You will learn: How to track and prioritize your household spending and strategies to reduce leaks
  • October 16: Credit Crash Course
    Join us to explore proven secrets that will help you achieve your credit goals! You will learn where to start, how to clean up your credit and how to stay on top of your score.
Scale-Up Milwaukee Celebration & Graduation
October 15 | 12:00PM-2:00PM | University Club

Join Scale-Up for a celebratory luncheon for members and partners. Attendees will also participate in the graduation program for Scale-Up's 6th Growth Accelerator cohort.
Details & Tickets >>

Project Homeless Connect
October 17 | 10:00AM-3:00PM | Marquette University

Project Homeless Connect is an annual one-day event organized by United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha dedicated to serving individuals experiencing homelessness by providing health screenings and access to community resources in one convenient location.
Learn more about how you can get involved by volunteering, advocating or giving.

Data Day 2019
October 22 | 8:00AM | Cream City Labs

Data You Can Use and the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute are hosting Milwaukee’s 5th Annual Data Day: No Data Without Stories, No Stories Without Data. The event will feature the award-winning Data Science and News Applications Editor at The Associated Press, Troy Thibodeaux. The day will also include Ignite presentations featuring local dataphyles, a Data Dream competition, “Ask a Data Scientist” session with Code for Milwaukee, and the launch of MKE indicators. Details & Registration >>

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Member Spotlight

Data You Can Use is a diverse group of professionals who help people access data and make it useful in improving community conditions.
They help connect people who need data to people who have data, and assist in accessing, analyzing, translating, interpreting and presenting data. Their staff can help you ask the right questions to get the right data, put it into a local context, present it visually and put it to work in addressing issues that are important to you.

On October 22, Data You Can Use is hosting Milwaukee's 5th Data Day, titled “No data without stories, no stories without data.” 

Attendees will hear presentations from local dataphyles on data of all types, hear about projects that will be supported through Data Dream, participate in “Ask a Data Scientist” with Code for Milwaukee, and be present for the launch of MKE indicators - a set of data intended to help community members, planners, policy makers, and neighborhood organizations plan, document and explore key pieces of information about their neighborhoods.

UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Menomonee Valley Partners
Susan Lloyd (Lloyd Consulting, Inc.)

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
Gateway to Milwaukee
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
Granville Business Imp District #48
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Harbor District, Inc.
Havenwoods EDC

Latino Chamber of Commerce
of SE Wisconsin

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
LISC Milwaukee
Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp.
Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
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.
Sherman Park Neighborhood Assn.
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
JPMorgan Chase
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
Melody Berry
Nathan Guequierre (AECOM)
Rob Meiksins (Forward Steps Consulting)
Rusty Borkin (Community Wealth Building)
Shawntell Parr (Midwest Advantage Insurance & Financial)
Steve Chernof
Ursula Twombly
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board)
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