Ald. Milele Coggs
Press Release

MKE Business Now Entrepreneurship Summit Set For Saturday, January 26th

Summit to be held at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School

By - Jan 23rd, 2019 01:57 pm

The MKE Business Now Entrepreneurship Summit, a showcase of resources available to help launch Milwaukee’s next great business ventures and an opportunity to connect with established local professionals, will take place this Saturday, January 26 at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, 3275 N. 3rd St.

This event, sponsored by Milwaukee Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, the City of Milwaukee, the Historic King Drive BID #8, and U.S. Bank, runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Vendors and organizations will showcase the resources they can provide to local entrepreneurs, including workshops that begin at 10:30 a.m. and a panel discussion scheduled for 1:00 p.m. All parts of the event are free and open to the public.

“Ideas and vision can help transform a city, and we know that ambitious Milwaukee entrepreneurs are eager to move our city forward,” Alderwoman Coggs said. “It is my hope that the MKE Business Now Summit can connect our entrepreneurs with the resources they need to thrive.”

The summit’s feature event is a panel discussion from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. moderated by Andrea Williams of Jammin’ 98.3. Panelists include Tiffany Miller (owner, FlyBlooms and The Bronzeville Collective), Terrelle Harris (owner, Words & Images – Milwaukee State of Mind), Johnathan Dye (owner, Mr. Dye’s Pies), Nick Robinson (owner, Dream Builders, LLC), Joanna Brooks (owner, Embody YOGA), and Trueman McGee (founder, Funky Fresh Spring Rolls).

Four workshops begin the summit: “Options for Business Financing” at 10:30 a.m. presented by U.S. Bank and the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC); “Navigating the Tech Space” at 11:15 a.m. presented by Khalif & Que El-Amin, owners of Young Enterprising Society; “Grants, Contracts, and More…” at 11:15 a.m. presented by the Office of Small Business Development, LISC, and the Department of City Development; and “Followers, Fans, and Funds: The $ Impact of Social Media IRL” at 12:00 p.m., presented by Ebony Ssali, owner of Ssali Media Group.

Additionally, staff members from the following organizations will be on hand to answer questions including:

African American Chamber of Commerce
Milwaukee Urban League
– City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services
– Department of City Development Real Estate
– Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services, LLC
– U.S. Bank
– C. Renee Consulting and Management Group
Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Historic Mitchell Street BID #4
– Historic King Drive BID #8
– Center Street BID #39
– U.S. Small Business Administration – WI District Office
– Riverworks Development Center Corp.
– City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO)
– S.C.O.R.E.
– City of Milwaukee License Division
Associated Bank
– Town Bank
– City of Milwaukee Permit Office
Milwaukee Public Library Business Technology Periodicals & Design
– Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)
– CIBC Bank
– Milwaukee County Business Development
Marquette University Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic
– City of Milwaukee Workforce Development
Scale Up Milwaukee
– City of Milwaukee Office of Small Business Development (OSBD)
– Housing Authority Section 3
– 4C for Children
Artists Working in Education (AWE)

“I am excited to once again be able to provide our entrepreneurs with an avenue to connect with a wealth of local critical assets and sources of expertise,” Alderwoman Coggs said. “Milwaukee’s business community is at its finest when all of its members pull together to succeed.”


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