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UEDA Community News - August 2022
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What We're Working On...
UEDA is out in the community! This summer UEDA is attending a number of community events to promote Bank On Greater Milwaukee, Take Root Milwaukee, and UEDA's work.  Look for us at Silver City International Fest on September 10th. We are seeking volunteers to help us staff the event. Sign up to volunteer here

UEDA is assisting the City of Milwaukee to develop an Allocation Plan for their HOME-ARP funds, which were allocated as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. HOME-ARP is intended to help meet the needs for specific groups at the greatest risk of housing instability. The plan includes a needs assessment and consultation process. Learn more about the HOME-ARP allocation (slide deck), and if you would like to provide feedback on needs and potential uses for the funds, check out the survey HERE. The plan will be finalized in October.

Bank On Greater Milwaukee is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary! Join us for the celebration on September 29th from 9-10:30 AM at the Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church (1927 Vel R. Phillips Ave). This event will include recognition of our Champions, food, beverages, and networking time for Bank On partners and champions! Register to save your spot! Registration closes on September 24th.

Our capacity-building and technical assistance partnership with the Nonprofit Academy of Wisconsin is well underway! Over the past few months we’ve reached out to CDBG-funded agencies, talked to nonprofits in our network, and have webinars and projects planned for the Fall, including a training series for City of Milwaukee NSP organizers. First up - a webinar! Make the Board a Partner: Friday, September 16 | 9-10:30AM (free). Learn why we have boards (community representation!), structures to define roles, and ways to build a board of equity. Register here>>

We’ve been continuing to support the Nonprofit Lift resource directory and are pleased to share UEDA is the fiscal sponsor for a Communications & Website Support Associate (contracted position). Now that our collaborative has got the site up, we need help to begin promoting this exciting new resource for nonprofit organizations in the Greater Milwaukee region. Share with your friends and a huge THANK YOU to United Way Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and Nonprofit Management Fund for their support of this important effort.

Save the (almost) date! UEDA’s Annual Community Gathering Date is back live and in-person for 2022 (yay!). We are looking at a happy hour event for the end of September or early October. UEDA Members - keep an eye out for an invite in your inbox in a couple weeks!

Take Root Milwaukee members recently completed strategic planning work in June & July, setting the stage for this long-time collaborative initiative to continue supporting sustainable homeownership efforts. Many thanks to those that participated! Contact if you'd like to learn more.

Planning for our 2022 Emerging Topics in Economic Development Series continues for what is shaping up to be a Fall series! Save the date for our first session, which will be held on September 13 from 10-11:30am CST  and will feature the topic of Special Purpose Credit Programs. 
Interested in learning more about the series or joining us? View our blog post with speaker bios, registration link and more!

Last but not least, UEDA has started strategic planning efforts this summer with an organizational assessment and a Member Survey to be sent out in early September. We are excited to develop a framework that will guide our growth over the next few years! Look for invites and ways to participate.
UEDA Member Highlights

AARP Wisconsin recently shared that Certificates and Workshops are available for female entrepreneurs through a collaboration with MindEdge. Topics include leadership and management, communication, negotiation, and more. There is a fee for these offerings, but discounted if you are an AARP member. Open to all ages. Learn more>>

Acts Housing has launched a new social enterprise to outcompete predatory investors and increase housing inventory for owner occupancy. The Acts Homeownership Acquisition Fund is being supported by the Community Development Alliance (CDA) and is a key strategy of Milwaukee’s Collective Affordable Housing Plan. The Fund’s launch is made possible with a $1 million grant from the Zilber Family Foundation, its largest ever individual gift to support affordable housing. They are now looking to raise an additional $10 million to build an acquisition fund that will result in at least 100 homes being saved for homeownership annually. Learn more: 

Artworks for Milwaukee design interns have been working on a digital campaign for the Wisconsin State Office of Children's Mental Health, and a community mental health survey. Additionally, the interns decided to create a coloring book to help people of all ages relieve stress.

Congress for New Urbanism released a member profile for Bart Griepentrog, the Planning & Development Director for the Village of Shorewood. Learn more about Bart's experience and work on promoting a walkable community

Data You Can Use has extended the application deadline for the Data Dream Award. Data Dream winners will receive professional services of DYCU and expertise of partners. Milwaukee-area nonprofits will be selected through a competitive process and awarded at Data Day on October 19, 2022.  Data You Can Use staff, in partnership with students from UWM Marquette, and Northwestern Mutual data scientists, will over the next 3-9 months to help awarded winners. The deadline to apply is September 9th. Learn more and apply here

Congratulations to Emerald Mills from Diverse Dining on the grand opening of her newest venture, Turning Tables MKE. This restaurant and teaching kitchen opened up earlier this month in the Turner Hall space on N. Vel Phillips Avenue in Milwaukee. The initial hours (which may change) are Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Read more>>

Gateway to Milwaukee has recently released their Summer 2022 issue, which includes their 2021 annual report, business spotlight, and information on workforce development. Check it out here>> 

Milwaukee Preservation Alliance is pleased to host a number of partner events, including a mixer for those interested in Midcentury Architecture on Sept. 8 at At Random and a workshop on building documentation on Sept. 15-16. Learn more here. Also, MPA executive director Jeremy Ebersole was recently featured on OnMilwaukee and Radio Milwaukee's Urban Spelunking podcast to discuss Milwaukee's historic places, the value of preservation, their success in restoring many buildings at the Soldiers Home, and more! Lastly, as part of their Save Our Domes campaign, MPA has drafted a letter that anyone can send to their elected officials in support of a long-term preservation solution for the Mitchell Park Domes. Visit to learn more and sign up. 

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 23rd MANDI Awards, which were held by LISC Milwaukee on August 11th. Each year this event features much of the work we see in the UEDA Community every day and inspires us in so many ways! View videos of the event, a list of the finalists and winners at

Milwaukee Public Library is seeking Adult Program Proposals. The Library offers adult programs in support of the MPL’s mission to help people read, learn, and connect. Programs that promote the goals outlined in the library’s strategic plan are welcome and will be considered. Learn more here

WWBIC has released a new directory! You can support WWBIC’s incredible clients by using their updated and improved client directory or browsing their Shop Small Digital Catalog.

Nominations are now open for the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Business Awards. This year’s theme is “Leveraging Opportunities” and the HWCC recognizes businesses and individuals in 5 categories. Nominations are open until September 1st and can be submitted with a simple form. Learn more here and save the date for October 28th for this year’s event!

Find a listing of current job openings HERE. Contact if you are a member and have an opening you would like added. And, be sure to check out the Jobs That Help website to find or list a nonprofit job opportunity in the state!

UEDA Community

The City of Milwaukee is seeking election inspectors and other election workers. In particular, there is a call for individuals fluent in English/Spanish and English/Hmong. Learn more here

Former UEDA Member and friend the late General Robert Cocroft will be honored by having a portion of Wisconsin Avenue (N. 27th to N. 35th Streets) in his name. While leading the Center for Veterans Issues, he helped develop affordable housing initiatives such as Veterans Manor, located at 3400 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Learn more>>

The Social Development Commission (SDC) is looking for experienced contractors! SDC is hosting info sessions this Friday and next week to educate anyone interested in completing lead abatement work for SDC!

SDC's Lead-Safe Homes Program completes necessary housing rehabilitation to control or eliminate lead hazards in the community, and we are looking for contractors to join our team.

Granville Business Improvement District's upcoming 2022 Car, Truck, & Bike Spectacular will be held on September 18th. The event includes car shows, bike events, battle of the bands and more. Find more information on the Granville BID website

An article in The New York Times highlights a new study that explores the connection between cross-class friendships and upward mobility among children in low-income families. The study suggests that if children in low-income families grew up in neighborhoods where 70% of their friends were in higher-income families, their future incomes would increase, on average, by 20%. The study's authors put forth that growing up in neighborhoods with economic connectedness improves children’s economic outcomes as adults and gives them a better shot at upward mobility.

The New Economic Opportunity Coalition formed to align major investments in underserved communities with Federal investments and coordinate across public, private, and social sectors. The Coalition includes 20 corporations and three foundations, which will make major investments of over $3 billion in CDFIs and MDIs, support entrepreneurship, and promote innovation in financial services products. Read the White House Fact Sheet here>>

This summer, Community Advocates and partners came together to help prevent accidental poisoning and medication misuse. The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition (MCSAP) launched the Keep Your Meds Safe initiative at Hayat Pharmacy, 807. W. Layton Ave., Milwaukee. The initiative is making medication lock boxes and drug deactivation pouches available for free to the public at six pharmacy locations in Milwaukee County and encourages individuals and families to safeguard medications.

The 16th Annual Get Your Students Pumped Up On Personal Finance & Economics! is a one-day conference is geared to support K-12 teachers and community outreach educators in improving the financial and economic literacy of individuals. It will be held on October 21st. Learn more and register here

The U.S. Department of the Treasury hosted a webinar on August 10 to provide an overview of recently released guidance on using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) for affordable housing production and preservation. The webinar featured the “Affordable Housing How-To Guide” published jointly by the department and HUD, which discusses layering SLFRF funds with other funding sources to develop and preserve affordable housing. Access the recording, slides & other links at NLIHC’s blog here>>

The Sallie Mae Fund, Inc., in partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund, is offering financial assistance to outstanding students attending an accredited post-secondary institution or continuous education program. Up to 260 students completing a two-year, four-year, or trade/vocational certificate/certification program will be selected to receive a gap scholarship up to $2,500 for the 2022 - 2023 academic school year. More information is available here

Nominations for the 2022 Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards are Open! Please consider nominating an individual or organization for this prestigious award. Learn more about these awards and submit a nomination here before December 2, 2022.
Small Business & Nonprofits

BizStarts and the Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute (MEI) will host FREE business training workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs. The next series starts 9/29, sessions are from 6-9pm and will be held in hybrid format. Contact 414-383-4633 or for details. 

The Helen Bader Institute (HBI) of Nonprofit Management at UW-Milwaukee will be hosting information sessions this Fall to share changes and additions to the program, including new micro-credential programs for nonprofit leaders. Sessions will be 8/30, 9/27 & 10/25. Learn more & register>>

Calling all nonprofit workers to share your stories! The Building Movement Project's Race to Lead survey is now open. The 2022 Survey explores some new topics – like the experiences of frontline workers and changing expectations of nonprofit workplaces – while continuing to gather important information on the intersection of race, leadership and nonprofit culture that we can compare to 2019 and 2016. Take the RACE TO LEAD survey to contribute to new understandings of how these changes impact all nonprofit workers, leaders, and organizations. 

The Latino Entrepreneurial Network (LEN) has a number of upcoming courses for entrepreneurs, including their Fall Accelerator Bootcamp (starts 9/6), certification courses for cleaning businesses, computer basics & software instruction (starts 9/7) etc. For more information, contact 414-888-2270 or email

The Main Street Bounceback Grants program deadline was extended to 12/31/22! This grant provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location. Be sure to connect with your local Business Improvement District (BID), association, or Chamber of Commerce for guidance on applying for the grant and gather required documents. Find a list of partners at the Ethnic & Diverse Business Coalition site and visit WEDC’s MainStreet Bounceback site for your regional contact.

Wisconsin Veteran's Chamber of Commerce recently discussed Brooksource's Project Patriot. Project Patriot provides veterans with career advising, job search and interview coaching, resume building, salary resources, technical training, and ongoing transition assistance. View the podcast here

WWBIC's 2022 July-December Programs Catalog is now available! Access catalogs for all regions in the state here>>

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Silver City International Festival | Learn more
Saturday, September 10 | 12-5PM
W. National Avenue between 33rd and 35th Streets
This free event by VIA CDC that brings Milwaukee residents together to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Silver City neighborhood through food, arts, and music!

Harvest Day 2022 | Learn more
Saturday, September 10 | 10:30AM - 2:30PM

Fondy Park, 2200 W. Fond du Lac Avenue
Walnut Way’s annual festival that honors Lindsay Heights’ vibrant spirit, culture, and history with local performers, music, cuisine, resource sharing, and retail vendors. 

Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA): 2022 Basic Economic Development Course
September 12-15, 2022 | Held at VJS Construction, Pewaukee, WI 

The BEDC is designed to provide an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, methods and practice of economic development. Graduation from this course fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to pursue the Certified Economic Developer Designation (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council. Learn more & register

Latino Economic UnSummit: Business Resilience
Friday, September 23 | 8:00AM to 1:00PM | Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Wisconsin will convene a series of discussion circles where entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to lead authentic conversations with policy makers, procurement officers and providers. Event & registration information>> 

The Menomonee River Valley's "Valley Week" will take place September 24th-October 1st. Learn more about sponsorship and events here.

WHEDA Annual Conference
September 28 & 29 | Madison Monona Terrace
Save the date for WHEDA"s annual conference that coincides with its 50th anniversary. From panels featuring developers and property managers to engagement opportunities with financial experts and affordable housing leaders, the conference will offer industry leading insights. Event information here

Data You Can Use: Data Day
October 19 | 9 AM-4 PM | Northwestern Mutual, 733 N. Van Buren St.
Data You Can Use will host its eighth Data Day, “Our Data, Our Neighborhoods: Building a More Equitable Milwaukee Together." Learn more about previous Data Days and stay tuned for event information!

Save the Date! 12th Annual Lenders Fair
Thursday, October 20 | 6:00PM to 8:00PM 

Sponsored by the Latino Entrepreneurial Network, this event is an opportunity to network and connect with small business lenders. To participate, contact 414-888-2270 or email

Save the Date! HWCC 16th Annual Business Awards Celebration
Friday, October 28 | 6:00PM | Italian Community Center, Milwaukee

The Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce (HWCC) hosts this annual event to recognize AAPI businesses and professionals. Event information here>>

Member Spotlight

The Business Council is an affiliate of Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC). Developed specifically to focus on cultivating relationships and business opportunities among MMAC’s ethnically-diverse businesses and corporate members in an effort to support MMAC’s Blueprint for Economic Prosperity. This month they celebrated their 23rd annual Strategic Partnership Luncheon.

Learn more about The Business Council

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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
UW Credit Union

Nonprofit & Governmental

AARP Wisconsin
Acts Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Burleigh Street CDC
City of Milwaukee DCD

Community First
Congress for the New Urbanism, WI

Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS of Greater Milwaukee)
Data You Can Use
Gateway to Milwaukee
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Groundwork Milwaukee
Guest House of Milwaukee

Harbor District
Historic King Drive BID
Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
Independence First

Landmark Credit Union
Latino Chamber of Commerce
LISC Milwaukee
Menomonee Valley Partners
Metropolitan Milwaukee
Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee 7
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
Milwaukee Public Library
My Choice Wisconsin
SBA Wisconsin
Sherman Park Community Assn.
The Business Council
TMG Wisconsin
United Methodist Children's Services (UMCS)
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
WI Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
WI LGBT Chamber of Commerce
WI Partnership for Housing Development

WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Small Businesses
Center for Public Skills Training
Community Insurance Info Center

Diverse Dining
GoodFlow Enterprises
Goyke & Associates
Jobs That Help
Lloyd Consulting, Inc.
Midwest Executive Realty
P3 Development Group

Corporations & Funders
Associated Bank, NA
AT&T Wisconsin
Forward Community Investments

Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS
Johnson Financial Group
JPMorgan Chase
Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. (MGIC)

Mueller Communications
PNC Bank
U.S. Bank

Zilber Family Foundation

Individual Members
Amy Turim
Barbara Markoff
Bob Berlan
Brittany Thome

Carol Maria
Christina Luna
Clarissa Ortiz

Cordella Jones
Dan Brophey
Evan Goyke
George Calaway
Julia O'Connor
Kathryn Berger
Kurt Paulsen
Leigh Kunde
Leo Ries
Lynnea Katz-Petted
Matthew Frederick
Montavius Jones
Rusty Borkin

Sara Daleiden
Sarah Greenberg
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