Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Location: Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Milwaukee
Event Center and Legacy Ballroom; onsite complimentary parking available
Format: In Person with Live Stream alternative
Time: 10:30 am, Small Biz Market
12:00 noon, Luncheon & Program
1:30 pm, Networking & Small Biz Market
Registration: Online at WWBIC.givesmart.com
Sponsorships: Begin at $1,000; Individual tickets $75
Questions: Lisa Sullivan, Event Manager – 414-395-4544

WWBIC works hard every day expanding economic equity and empowering individuals as business owners. Our 35th anniversary luncheon celebration showcases decades of impact and connects our small business community to our many partners and supporters. The celebration is two-fold in nature, with a small business market followed by a luncheon and program.

The Small Biz Market will feature over 50 WWBIC supported businesses. Attendees are encouraged to come early or stay late and meet many local small business owners. WWBIC loves connecting these clients to our partners and supporters!

During our program, you’ll hear first-hand about the work and impact of WWBIC from our President/CVO Wendy Baumann, WWBIC clients and national industry leaders. WWBIC looks forward to increasing support and opportunities for entrepreneurs. 

Intentional work with our partners truly helps advance economic equity. Together, we are making a difference – “Putting Dreams to Work” through supporting small businesses and helping individuals improve their financial wellness.


Lisa Mensah is President and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the nation’s leading network of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).  Widely considered an expert on access to capital in low-wealth communities, Mensah frequently testifies before Congress. Recently, Forbes and Morning Joe recognized her as one of five women safeguarding America’s small businesses.


Dan Betancourt is President & CEO of Community First Fund with over 25 years of experience in community economic development lending. Under Betancourt’s leadership, Community First Fund has grown into a regional Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), attracting multimillion-dollar investments and with nearly $200 million under management.


Connie E. Evans is President & CEO of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), the national trade association for microbusiness representing over 1700 practitioners and advocates in the United States. With international experience spanning 43 countries, Evans draws on her expertise in developing and implementing strategies to further economic development, health and social change in communities.

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