2022 Annual WWBIC Luncheon

2022 Annual WWBIC Luncheon

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.

Looking for a livestream of the WWBIC annual luncheon on November 15th? Go to:


If you do not have a GiveSmart membership, click on the “Continue as guest” option.


Donna J. Gambrell is President & CEO of Appalachian Community Capital, which attracts and directs investments to CDFIs and other mission-driven lenders in Appalachia. Gambrell serves on several CDFI boards and is the board chair of the African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson State University and a Master of Science degree from New York University.


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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WWBIC 35th Anniversary Reception at Wisconsin Governor’s Residence

WWBIC 35th Anniversary Reception at Wisconsin Governor’s Residence

WWBIC celebrated our 35th anniversary yesterday when 150 funders, partners, policy makers, clients and staff gathered at the Governor’s Executive Residence for working meetings and a reception.

Thank you to all who attended – working together we advance hope and opportunity one business at a time!

We’re sharing a series of photos on this page from the event for your enjoyment. Please click on the right or left arrows to browse through the pictures.

We invite you to join us as the celebration continues on a larger scale in Milwaukee on November 15th for WWBIC’s annual luncheon and small biz market.

Make Your Money Talk

Make Your Money Talk

Make Your Money Talk

Register today for “Make Your Money Talk”!

Join us for this financial empowerment series to learn:

  • How to create a household budget
  • Tips and tricks to improve your credit score
  • Planning your SMART goals
  • Identifying spending leaks
  • …and more!

Pre-registration required. Receive a gift card upon completion of the course! All HACM residents qualify for a 4:1 match account: Save $500 and receive a match of $2000! Accounts will be opened on the same day at the end of boot camp.

Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees must bring:

  • Picture ID
  • $50.00 money order or cashier’s check
  • Proof of income (last two paystubs or SSI/SSA 2023 award letter)

This program is sponsored by HACM & WWBIC. Participation can count towards HACM Family Self Sufficiency Program Goals.

Three dates for your convenience!
All take place on Saturdays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

March 9th
Lapham Park – 1902 N 6th St
Register online

April 20th
Hillside Resource Center – 1452 N 7th St
Register online

May 11th
WWBIC Milwaukee – 1533 N RiverCenter Drive
Register online

Spring 2024 Graduation Celebration
Tuesday, June 18th

2024 Programs Catalog Now Available

2024 Programs Catalog Now Available

2024 Programs Catalog Now Available

Let 2024 be the year you “Put Dreams to Work” with WWBIC! View our 2024 WWBIC Training & Lending Programs Catalog for your region by clicking on the images provided below. Go to the Trainings tab for more details or to register for a training session today!

[NOTE – Our Northeast, South Central, Southeast, Southwest and Spanish catalogs are still being finalized. Check back for those files here in the coming days]

Greater Milwaukee
Regional Programs Catalog
(Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wauwatosa & West Allis)


South Central
Regional Programs Catalog
(Dane County & Surrounding Area)


Regional Programs Catalog
(Kenosha, Racine, Rock & Walworth Counties)


Regional Programs Catalog
(Fox Cities & Surrounding Area)


Regional Programs Catalog
(La Crosse & Surrounding Area)


Catálogo de Programas de Entrenamiento y Prestamos de WWBIC para 2024 en Español
(Spanish Program Catalog)


New Video features WWBIC and Our Clients

New Video features WWBIC and Our Clients

New Video features WWBIC and Our Clients

WWBIC’s work is not solo – that is why we rely on all of our partners to help advance the important work of economic development.  We are grateful for our recent partnership with The Kroger Co. Foundation and LISC (National and Regional), who teamed up with WWBIC to provide additional technical assistance to food-based business owners of color affected by the pandemic.  Thanks to the generosity of Kroger and LISC, we are able to share a video featuring some stories of hope and opportunity directly from the clients to help “build it together.”

Make sure to pay a visit to the WWBIC clients highlighted in the video: Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille; Fit4You Mke; Johanna’s Cakes & Desserts Cafe; Lopez Bakery & Restaurant; The Pink Bakery; Triciclo Peru Empanada – Pisco Bar; Tropical Pops; and Twisted Plants.