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UEDA Community News - October 2022
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Annual Community Gathering & 25th Anniversary Celebration!
Thursday, November 3, 2022 | 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Turning Tables Tavern & Eatery (located in Historic Turner Hall)
1034 N. Vel R. Phillps Ave, Milwaukee
The annual gathering is our opportunity to recognize volunteers and community partners, and share our accomplishments with the UEDA network. November marks UEDA's 25th year of supporting individuals and groups in the community and economic development sector and we'd love for you to join us!

In 2022 we are pleased to recognize the following individuals for their commitment to UEDA and their community: 
Outstanding Community Partner
Brian Peters, Independence First

Extraordinary Volunteer
Maria Prioletta, City of Milwaukee Department of City Development

There is no cost to attend, thanks to the support of our funders and sponsors. UEDA Members who attend will receive a special gift!


On September 29th Bank On Greater Milwaukee celebrated its 3rd Anniversary with an event that recognized our 2022 BOGM Champions.
BOGM accomplishments in improving access to banking and financial Services. Check out the recap on our website here >>

Thank you to those who joined UEDA last week at our Emerging Topic Series session, BIDs and NIDs: Overview & Outlook. Nearly 40 people joined us to learn more about how these established tools for community
and economic development continue to evolve to shape the fabric of Milwaukee neighborhoods and commercial areas. Check out this brief recap, including slides here>> 

Take Root Milwaukee will be hosting the 4th webinar in its Racial Disparities in Homeownership on Friday, December 2nd from 9:00-10:30 AM. This session will feature an analysis of 2021 Home Mortage Disclosure Act (HMDA) to assess trends in the local mortgage lending market and we will highlight emerging best practices of local lenders to increase credit. Register here>>

At last spring's A Home for Everyone Conference, there was tremendous energy and interest about forming a statewide affordable housing advocacy effort. This has since moved forward with a broad group of stakeholders who are working to build consensus and help drive change at the local and state level. To get involved, join the Network's mailing list (managed by WISCAP) HERE. The next meeting will be on November 3rd at 9 AM. 
UEDA Member Highlights

Congratulations to the Milwaukee Public Library Business, Technology, and Periodicals Department on the grand opening of their new Business Commons space at the Central Library! The space is open for networking and collaboration opportunities with the flexibility of working outside of traditional study or office spaces. It will also be supported through programming. Check out pictures of the new space, then & now at OnMilwaukee>>

And…ICYMI the Milwaukee Public Library’s TikTok account has really taken off, getting widespread attention for its creativity, good vibes, and connection to resourcesCheck out this article from Milwaukee Record and follow them @milwaukeepubliclibrary. 

Congratulations to these UEDA Members for being recognized by Wipfli in the Titan 100, the top CEOs and C-Level Executives. This list included Lafayette Crump (City of Milwaukee Department of City Development), Maysee Herr (Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce), Clarence Johnson (Wisconsin Community Services), Jud Snyder (BMO Harris Bank), Brian Sonderman (Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity), and Tracy L. Williams (YWCA Southeast Wisconsin). 

Menomonee Valley Partners is proud to announce that 117 individuals completed Valley Skills Courses over the 2021-2022 academic year. These courses were offered through a partnership between Menomonee Valley Partners and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) to upskill current Valley employees. This strengthens both the employee's skillset and helps Valley businesses grow their own talent. Learn about the Valley Skills Courses here>>
Also, Menomonee Valley Partners would like to thank Regal Rexnord's Valley Stewardship Crew and volunteers from Milwaukee Riverkeeper for a dock wall cleaning. Learn more about Valley Stew Crews and how to start one of your own. 

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce recognized their winners of the 2022 Business Awards in September! These awards recognize contributions made by businesses and individuals in building a stronger LGBTQ and allied business community. View the awardees here>>

WWBIC will host their annual luncheon on Tuesday, November 15. "Open For Business" will celebrate their 35th anniversary and feature a Small Business Market. View event details and purchase tickets HERE. You can also support WWBIC’s incredible clients by using their updated and improved client directory or browsing their Shop Small Digital Catalog.

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

General elections in Wisconsin take place on November 8th. Check out these resources and share with your networks!

MyVoteWI at helps voters find information about election dates, voting locations, what's on the ballot, and more by address search.

Bolder Advocacy, in partnership with The Democracy Capacity Project, just launched a new series, Nonprofit Voter Assistance. These guides work to empower nonprofits to run effective civic engagement, maintain compliance with complex state laws related to advocacy, and more. View the Practical Guidance: Nonprofit Voter Assistance Series. 

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition has updated their resources in advance of this year's elections. They are a non-partisan effort to help ensure full participation in the electoral process of voters with disabilities. Check out their resources here>> 

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) will offer a new financing product in January 2023 to enable Wisconsin homeowners to make improvements and needed repairs. The Home Improvement Loan Program is a fixed-rate, first or second mortgage available to homeowners statewide to enable them to fix or update aspects of their current home rather than purchase a new one. More information on WHEDA single-family loan products is here.

The New York Times recently published an article titled "For Disabled Workers, A Tight Labor Market Opens New Doors" which highlights an increase in those with disabilities finding accommodations and joining the workforce. Read the article here>>

Help inform the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s 2023-2028 Community Health Improvement Plan! Join one of four meetings this fall. Meetings will include a brief presentation of the Community Health Assessment, results of the Priority Issue Survey and photo campaign, and small group discussions to prioritize top issues. For more information or to RSVP, go to

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

Responses are wanted for the Federal Reserve's 2022 Small Business Credit SurveyThe Small Business Credit Survey is open for responses by currently operating businesses, those recently closed or those about to launch. By taking the survey, you contribute to information that directly informs decision-makers and help small business owners. All responses are confidential and the survey takes approximately 10 minutes. The survey closes on November 4th. Take the survey here>>

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of SE WI is hosting a Lenders Fair on November 16th from 6-8pm at MATC, 816 W. National Avenue. Small business owners can meet lenders and resource providers. View the flier here; Vendor & other registration information here.

The date for MarketPlace 2022 Conference has been set for December 6th and December 7th! At MARKETPLACE, minority-, woman-, veteran- and LGBTQ+-owned businesses—and small businesses of all kinds—can learn from and connect with resource providers, government representatives, corporate buyers and business professionals to develop new partnerships and pursue new contracts.This event connects business owners from across Wisconsin looking to do business with state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector. The conference is in-person at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee on December 6th and virtual on December 7th. Learn more and register here>>

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.

Reminder that the State Bar of Wisconsin and Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic has a program offering free legal consultation. Virtual appointments are available weekly and can be set up with an experienced business law attorney at request. Volunteer attorneys have helped small business clients with a variety of issues including employment, real estate, entity formation, contract questions and others. For more information & to request an appointment click here.

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

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Caverns Below Milwaukee
October 29 | 6 PM- 8 PM | Stump (601 S. 6th St.)

Milwaukee Preservation Alliance is hosting a talk with Andy Tyra on his fabulous new book "Caverns Below Milwaukee", an enchanting story of the mysterious realms inspired by the places that make Milwaukee unique. Saturday, October 29 at 6:00pm at Stump, 601 S. 6th St. Learn more and purchase your ticket for this event here

Madison Nonprofit Day
November 2 | 8 AM- 5 PM | Monona Terrace Convention Center

Considered by many to be the region's best nonprofit conference, it combines emerging issues, skills-building, motivation, and a whole lot of networking opportunities. View event information here>>

WEDA:  Basics of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) 
Wednesday, November 2 | 1:30 to 3:00 PM | Virtual

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of TIF in Wisconsin, including what it is, how it works, and why it is used in communities across the state. View course overview and bios HERE.  Fees: $39 for WEDA members; $79 for non-members. Registration information>>

Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference
November 10 | 8:00 AM-6:00 PM | Marcus Performing Arts Center

Attendees have all-day access to over 100 business & resource exhibitors, informative breakout sessions, networking, and more! Event information & tickets>>

WWBIC Annual Luncheon
November 15 | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Milwaukee

The 35th-anniversary luncheon celebration showcases decades of impact and connects our small business community to partners and supporters. Event information & tickets>>

Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs
November 16 | 1-2 PM |
Hosted by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce this webinar will focus on teaching the principles of design thinking. This webinar will cover how to understand the five phases, how to build products and services that address the challenges of a business target audience, and how to apply design concepts to ideas. Learn more and register here>>

16th Annual Exito Awards - Noche Mexicana
Saturday, December 10 | 5:30 to 9:00 PM |
Oak Creek Community Center
This annual event celebrates the work of the award-winning Latino Entrepreneurial Network and the microenterprises they support. Enjoy dinner, martichi, dance, door prizes and more! Event information & tickets >>

Milwaukee Hmong New Year Celebration
December 10-11 | Wisconsin State Fairgrounds

Follow them on Facebook for upcoming details:


Member Spotlight

Sherman Park Community Association (SPCA) amplifies the voices of Sherman Park residents. They work with the community to champion quality housing, public safety, businesses, community organizing, and community events. 
Learn more about the Sherman Park Community Association

Join them at the 1st annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 29 from 1-4pm at Sherman Park.
Details here>>

Become a UEDA Member TODAY!

Join a growing network of community and economic development professionals.

UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
BMO Haris Bank
Center of Care LLC
Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCSS) of Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Sherman Park Community Association

Nonprofit & Governmental

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

Congress for the New Urbanism, WI
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
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
U.S. Bank
UW Credit Union

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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