Third North Side Business Incubator Draws Record Response
23 entrepreneurs to present Thursday at event at St. Ann Center.
Healthy soul food, herbal pain relievers and a combination cinema and coffee shop are among the enterprising ideas that will be presented at the North Side Business Incubator. Twenty-three residents will participate in the free incubator workshop set for Thursday, Aug. 31, 1- 5 p.m. at St. Ann Center’s Bucyrus Campus, 2450 W. North Ave.
Sponsored by Milwaukee Ald. Russell W. Stamper II, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care and Marketplace Business Improvement District (BID) 32, the incubator is designed to help jumpstart locally owned businesses in the 15th Aldermanic District.
“We got an overwhelming response from the north side community,” said John Jansen, Vice President of Grants, Community & Capital Development and workshop coordinator. “It shows how many people are interested in opening small businesses or expanding existing ones.”
More than 50 business ideas were submitted, so organizers scheduled another workshop for September.
All participants will have a chance to meet one-on-one with Ald. Stamper, business coaches and investors to discuss their ideas. They’ll also receive step-by-step guidance to help write or enhance a business plan and the opportunity to network with city officials, mentors and other business hopefuls.
“We did this twice last year, and the quality of the business proposals keeps getting better and better,” Jansen said. “There are a lot of business dreams about to come true on the north side, and our whole community is going to benefit. This is the start of something big.”
The 23 entrepreneurs in the August incubator and their business proposals are:
Telashay Farr—Avia Cakes: homemade desserts and cakes made with nontraditional frosting
Johanna Linton—Baskets of Luv: customized gift baskets for all occasions
Monica Hubbard—Bread Explosion Comfort Café: Healthy soul food entrees and desserts
Dana Williamson—Film/music production, coffee shop, coaching and publishing
Rochelle Robinson—Commercial cleaning service
Logan Scaggs Jr.—Cream City Phresh: Milwaukee-centric T-shirts
Tina Oliver—Early Childhood Education/childcare training for Wisconsin certification
Dionna Richmond—Barbecue and soul food restaurant
Kathy Lee—Spiritual mugs and gifts
Melissa Felix—Geegee’s Junk Removal and Maintenance
Kobie Tyler—Good to Grow Landscaping and Gardening for home and business clients
Alice Jones—Herbal solutions for pain
Alan Goodman—Home-baked desserts
Asha Sawyers—Hopes Dawn: Social media management and event promotion
Maurice Sharpe—Hot chocolate with a caffeine kick
LaSonya Beckley—J&S Andree general contracting services for residential, commercial properties
Ingrid Johnson—Johnson Snow Castles flavored crushed ice drinks
Angela Thompson—Kingdom Business Institute: Nonprofit accounting and finance services
Rebecca Hunter—Licensed notary, process server, credit repair, real estate consultant
Joe Dupar—Mobile detailing, car washing, interior cleaning
Michelle Davis-Hatch—Night Owl: Commercial cooking, refrigeration, ice and dishwashing machine equipment repair
Katrina Ceasar—S’cape Relaxation Services: Wellness events
Janice Johnson—Social Art Canvassing: Painting parties studio
For more information on the business incubator, contact John Jansen at (414) 977-5031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.