A showcase of resources available to help launch Milwaukee’s next great business ventures and an opportunity to connect with established local professionals, the MKE Business Now Entrepreneurship Summit will take place this Saturday, January 28 at the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee, 3620 N. 18th St.
Now in its sixth year, the event is sponsored by Milwaukee Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and the City of Milwaukee, and gets underway at 10:00 a.m. as vendors and organizations showcase the resources they can provide to local entrepreneurs. The event will include workshops (focused on growing and developing a business) that begin at 10:30 a.m. with a panel discussion scheduled for 1:00 p.m. All parts of the event are free and open to the public.
“The time is now for ambitious entrepreneurs to take a hand in shaping Milwaukee’s future,” Alderwoman Coggs said. “Ideas and vision can help transform a city, and somewhere out there are people whose ideas could redefine our city, and it is my hope that the MKE Business Now summit can connect those people 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 Hyacinth Nembhardt of Concoctions MKE. Guests in the panel discussion will include Marquayla Ellison of Ellastic Designs LLC, Lavelle Young of Young Development Group, Kimberly Hall of Signature Sweets, Vedale Hill of Jazale’s Art Studio, and Ray Nitti of FLYE.
Four workshops will fill out the midday programming: “MKE it Grow! The Tools, Resources, and Strategies to Grow Your Business From an Idea” at 10:30 a.m. presented by Scale Up Milwaukee, KIVA, and Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC); “Legal Essentials for Small Business Owners” at 11:15 a.m. presented by Marquette University Law School Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic; “How Do Banks Support Small Business Through Lending, Products and Services” at 11:15 a.m. presented by US Bank, and “BRAND: ED Boot Camp: Marketing to Start Up and Stay Up” at noon, presented by Ebony Ssali of Ssali Media Group.
Additionally, staff members will be on hand to staff booths and answer questions from numerous organizations including:
“Like any community, Milwaukee’s business community will be at its finest when all of its members pull together to succeed,” Alderwoman Coggs said. “I’m excited to once again be able to provide our entrepreneurs with an avenue to connect with so many critical assets and sources of expertise.”
Additional event co-sponsors are US Bank, the Historic King Drive BID #8, and Center Street BID #39.