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Consortium Announces New Fellowship Program
UWM Graduate Students will Begin Work in Community ED Organizations

The CEO recently launched a new program, the Milwaukee Idea Economic Development Fellows Program (MIED). The MIED program will offer an innovative way of helping local community-based organizations achieve their economic development objectives while providing a training ground for future community leaders.

The MIED program, funded through a generous grant from the Helen Bader Foundation, provides returning Peace Corps and other public service volunteers a chance to combine graduate study at UWM with work on local community economic development projects.

As a part of the program, fellows will be assigned to a community organization where they will work side-by-side with agency leaders and staff in achieving their economic development objectives.

"We believe the fellows will be an excellent addition to the UWM student body and will move the Milwaukee Idea's goal of community engagement forward," said Lisa Heuler Williams, the MIED Program Coordinator.

For more information on the MIED Fellows Program visit the CEO website at or contact Lisa directly at 414-229-6155 or by e-mail at


Forging Partnerships for Prosperity
CEO Accomplishments Highlighted

The UWM Milwaukee Idea recently released its 2002 Report to the Community. The report highlights the many community-university collaborative partnerships and ventures forged during the past year. The report reveals that the CEO and its community partners shared in a very productive year of accomplishment.

Highlights from our recent initiatives include:
  • Graduated 60 students from its entrepreneurial training program, which gives emerging and established entrepreneurs a chance to gain critical business skills, develop business plans and attract financing.
  • Counseled 240 clients on small business practices through the Consortium’s Small Business Development Center and offered 50 training sessions on business manage ment for 345 attendees.
  • Provided technical assistance to help enhance the economic development capacity of a variety of organizations, including the Wauwatosa Economic Development Corporation, Burleigh Street Community Development Initiative, Northeast Milwaukee Industrial Development Corporation and EDGE, a Grafton business group concerned with commercial revitalization.
  • Worked with the Harambee Ombudsman Project to help secure a $165,000 grant to support training in the construction trades for at risk youth.
  • Helped the Thirtieth Street Industrial Corporation earn over $21,000 in grants to support its mission to improve the economic vitality of a distressed industrial corridor in Milwaukee.
  • Received a $270,000 grant from the Bader Foundation to help establish a "Peace Corps Fellows" program offering returning volunteers a chance to combine graduate study at UWM with work on economic development projects in the community. The program provides much needed technical assistance to metro Milwaukee organizations while training a new generation of potential community leaders.
To view the full Report to the Community, visit the Milwaukee Idea website at

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Inside this issue
1 Consortium Fellows Continue Work on Economic Development Research:
  Brownfield Redevelopment
  Tax Incremental Financing
2Passing the Buck
3New Fellowship Program
3Forging Partnerships for Prosperity
3Small Business Development Center Highlights
3Staff Directory

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Small Business Development Center
Highlights Upcoming Events and Workshops

First Steps Workshop
A discussion group for new business owners and entrepreneurs. This workshop is the place to bring your questions, discuss problems, learn about the resources available to you, and to network with other small business people. Plus receive general information on how to get started. The next scheduled workshop is:

June 27, 2002
12 noon - 2 p.m.
Program No. 5125-6697

For more information visit: DBM_SBDC/firststeps.shtmlor

Or call: 414-227-3240

Entrepreneurial Training Program
Learn how to develop a 'winning' business plan through the Entrepreneurial Training Program. This course, designed to help entrepreneurs gain business skills and attract financing, provides a comprehensive array of activities including individual coaching and business plan development. The goal is to have each participant complete a business plan by the end of the 11-week program.

July 30 - October 15, 2002
(12 Tuesday evening sessions)
6:00 - 9:00 pm
UWM at Grand Avenue
161 West Wisconsin Avenue
7th floor

Program cost with grant: $213 (refer to SBDC website for details about tuition grants) register for Program No. 5150-6806

For more information on the program, enrollment, and tuition grants visit the SBDC website at: DBM_SBDC/entrepreneurial.shtml or call: 414-227-3240


Staff Directory

Marc Levine, Director
(414) 229-5881

Lucy Holifield, Associate Director
(414) 227-3240

Kathleen Cady Schilling
(414) 229-5881

Lauren McHargue
(414) 229-5881

Joe Hurst
(414) 227-3129

Pam Fendt

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