The goal of the Bank Roadshow is to support Milwaukee’s banking, financial, and front-line entrepreneur support community with in-depth information on the entrepreneurial support ecosystem- to strengthen our community’s existing and budding entrepreneurs.
SCORE is a national nonprofit dedicated to small businesses. Established in 1964, SCORE is a resource arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration that provides education and mentoring. There are 5 SCORE Chapters in Wisconsin.
SCORE’s mission: To foster vibrant small businesses in communities through mentoring and education.
Our vision: We aim to give every person the support they need to thrive as a small business owner.
Website - https://sewisconsin.score.org
Contact - Mike George, Assistant District Director, at 608-576-5557 or Mike.George@scorevolunteer.org
SCORE SE Wisconsin at 414-297-3942 or email@example.com
mercadoMKE is a new online marketplace for Latino-owned businesses in SE Wisconsin. Its mission is to strengthen and expand Latino-owned businesses by providing an easy on-ramp and adoption to e-commerce. Its vision is e-commerce in every Latino-owned business. The collaborative initiative is sponsored by Advocate Aurora Health Foundation and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Milwaukee, and is in partnership with the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation/Mexican Fiesta, Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC), and the Hispanic Collaborative.
Website - mercadomke.com
Contact - Laura Hernandez, mercadoMKE Operations Lead and Account Coordinator, at 414-502-7201 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of SE Wisconsin is to foster the economic development of Wisconsin by advocating, strengthening and promoting the growth and development of Latino and other minority and emerging enterprises with the goals of providing increased access to capital, business opportunities, job creation and capacity building programs.
The vision of the organization is to become a CDFI serving SE Wisconsin with a focus on Latino and Minority Business Development in the 7 County Region: Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington & Walworth.
Website - https://latinochambersew.org
Contact - Nelson Soler, President & CEO, 414-888-2270
The Marquette Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic (LEC) is a clinical program at Marquette University Law School. It operates as an independent law office staffed by LEC Director Nathan Hammons and law students. Participating students earn academic credit as they counsel entrepreneurial clients under the close supervision of the clinic director, and they also work with volunteer attorneys in the private bar.
The LEC has a three-part mission:
The LEC serves entrepreneurs creating new businesses in southeastern Wisconsin, with a focus on clients who can't afford qualified legal counsel. Clients must have a well-developed plan to start, or have recently started, a new business with potential to help the local economy. Clients also must be a good educational fit for the clinic. The LEC counsels clients in many key legal areas, including: business entity selection and formation; corporate governance; funding/financing; business contracts; employment law; business licenses and permits; trademark, copyright, and other basic intellectual property matters; commercial leases.
Contact - Nathan Hammons, Director of the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic , 414-288-5009 , email@example.com
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) works with more than 600 statewide partners, including regional economic development organizations, academic institutions and industry groups, on efforts to enhance our communities, support business development, advance industry innovation, tap global markets and develop a talented workforce to help Wisconsin realize its full economic potential.
The WEDC's Entrepreneurship and Innovation goal is to advance Wisconsin’s startup and emerging growth businesses by integrating a system of increased deal flow, entrepreneurial development/support networks, and access to early-stage capital and investment incentives.
Newsletter(s) sign-up - https://wedc.org/newsletters/
Contact - Joey Frayne, Technology Investment Manager, 608-210-6871, firstname.lastname@example.org
Together with residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America—great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.
Brew City Match is an innovative collaboration that will fuel commercial corridor revival and the resurgence of entrepreneurship in Milwaukee. The program was launched within the Historic King Drive, North Avenue & Fond du Lac, Near West Side,and Cesar Chavez Drive corridors and surrounding neighborhood.
Contact - Beth Haskovec, Commercial Revitalization Program Officer, 414-930-1175, email@example.com
City Business Grant Program Goals:
• Enhance commercial corridors
• Removal of blighting influences
• Promote a more pedestrian friendly environment
• Make publicly visible improvements- ripple effect
• Promote economic development in area
The SBDC can be a go-to resource to build a strong framework. They partner closely with banks, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and others across southeast Wisconsin to match specific needs. The Small Business Development Center supports entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and educational programs. The SBDC staff facilitates improvement and growth for small and mid-sized companies and helps launch successful new ventures. Through the UW-Milwaukee office they serve owners in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington counties and beyond. Learn more at SBDC's website.
Wisconsin SBDC Network Core Services:
Business planning and startup
Management and strategic planning
Finance and capital access
Marketing and sales growth
Market research and data
Contact - Cheryl Mitchell, Center Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 414-227-3105
The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) has provided quality business and financial education coupled with access to fair capital and financial products since 1987. WWBIC’s impact is seen through the many entrepreneurs, business owners and individual whom they assist. Their work and support put business dreams to work.
Every day they are inspired to improve the economic well-being of their fellow residents through business loans, classes, coaching and money management tools. While they care about everyone, they focus their efforts on women, veterans, low-income and people of color.
BizStarts developed the first seamless, region-wide approach to assisting entrepreneurs in southeastern Wisconsin back in 2008. Now, 10 years later they have supported over 1,000 entrepreneurs and continue to have a positive impact in stimulating healthy, vibrant economic development. They do this through 1:1 coaching, personalized mentoring and meaningful connections to resources.
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