WWBIC Welcomes Diversity Driven Growth Accelerator to Milwaukee

WWBIC Welcomes Diversity Driven Growth Accelerator to Milwaukee

WWBIC Welcomes Diversity Driven Growth Accelerator to Milwaukee

WWBIC is excited to announce the official launch of cohort one of the new “Diversity Driven Growth Accelerator.” Modeled after the 2018-2019 WWBIC WEDC Growth Accelerator, which focused on Racine, Kenosha and Walworth County businesses, the Diversity Driven Growth Accelerator will support and grow businesses owned by minorities, veterans and women in Greater Milwaukee to help create jobs and strengthen neighborhoods.

The Diversity Driven Growth Accelerator will consist of four intensive 11-week business accelerator programs made up of five business teams.  During the course of those 11 weeks, teams will develop their business models by engaging in consumer testing: Integrating input from customers, mentors and advisors.  At the end of the program, teams will present their pitches to qualify for a minimum of $500.00 seed grant. 

“Attending the Growth Accelerator helped us to define our customer, set a business model and decide which way we wanted to go to grow our business. We were guided in developing an amazing pitch! We’re really thankful for everything we learned and for all the people that we met along the way!” – Jacinta and Vicki, WWBIC WEDC Accelerator participants and owners of Cake My Day Bakery in Racine.

The application can be found at bit.ly/wwbicaccelerator. Applications must be received no later than close of business Friday, December 6. The program is open to businesses and/or residents of the Greater Milwaukee area. The accelerator will start the week of January 6, 2020, exact date and time to be determined.

This initiative is made possible through the Wells Fargo Works For Small Business®: Diverse Community Capital program, which offers capital and technical assistance to minority-owned small businesses as a way to create local jobs and strengthen neighborhoods.

About WWBIC

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC) is a leading, innovative economic development corporation “Putting Dreams to Work.” WWBIC’s primary focus is on women, people of color and low income individuals, providing direct lending and access to fair and responsible capital, quality business education, one-on-one technical business assistance and education to increase financial capability.   Since 1987, WWBIC has lent over $60 million in micro and small business loans with a current loan portfolio of $18 million and nearly 500 active borrowers. 

WWBIC names Kamaljit ‘KC’ Jackson as new Vice President of Programs & Operations

WWBIC names Kamaljit ‘KC’ Jackson as new Vice President of Programs & Operations

WWBIC names Kamaljit ‘KC’ Jackson as new Vice President of Programs & Operations

WWBIC has experienced a tremendous period of growth over the past year, with the start of the Veterans Business Outreach Center, the opening of a new office in Appleton, and expansion to Green Bay. In keeping with that trend, WWBIC has hired Kamaljit ‘KC’ Jackson as the new Vice President of Programs & Operations.

“We are thrilled to bring Kamaljit Jackson into the folds of our WWBIC leadership. Her decade of experience and insight from both the corporate and education sectors will be a great complement to our statewide team,” said WWBIC President and CVO, Wendy K. Baumann. “We are specifically pleased to have her Lean Business Model expertise as we further advance our WWBIC Strategic Plan.”

As Vice President of Programs & Operations, Jackson will actively participate on WWBIC’s senior management team to provide leadership to the organization while working collaboratively to set and support agency direction, consistent policies and procedures, and strategic plan implementation.  In addition to leading WWBIC’s Programs and Services teams, she will supervise and coach staff with positive influence to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.

Jackson brings a wealth of experience in leadership, coaching, program management and process improvement strategies.  She has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside.  She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Her previous experience includes positions in the public, nonprofit and private sectors – Senior Accountability & Efficiency Officer at the Racine Unified School District, Quality System Manager and Adjunct Instructor at Gateway Technical College, Project Administrator/Program Management with Johnson Controls – Human Resource Department, and Administrative Manager/Special Projects/Program Coordinator with the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

In addition, Jackson is active in the community – she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Visioning A Greater Racine (VGR) and is an examiner for the Baldrige National Quality Program Examiner: National Awards Program(MBNQA), as well as a Senior Member with the American Society for Quality (ASQ).  Jackson has also been involved with various organizations across Kenosha and Racine counties, namely,  Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha Counties, United Way of Kenosha volunteering on various committees, VITA, Readers are Leaders, Day of Caring, United Way of Racine Schools of Hope tutor, and HALO – Sleep Out for Homelessness.

“Mark Twain said it best that ‘the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.’ WWBIC is my why…this organization unleashes the potential in individuals by promoting self-efficacy, self-promotion, and empowerment to think and dream big, while walking alongside them to ensure they are ‘putting dreams to work.’  Just knowing you played a small role in someone else’s success…..well, it doesn’t get any better than that because we rise by lifting others, said Jackson.

 

WWBIC Announces Newly Elected Board Officers

WWBIC Announces Newly Elected Board Officers

WWBIC Announces Newly Elected Board Officers

WWBIC (The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation) welcomes a slate of new Board Officers for 2019. Karin Gale (Schenck SC) will now serve as WWBIC’s Chairperson, taking the role from Past Chair Michael McDonagh (Mallery & Zimmerman). Johnny L. Moutry Jr. (New Covenant Housing Corporation, Inc.) will serve as Vice Chair/Secretary. Kathryn Andrea (Andrea & Orendorff) will remain WWBIC’s Treasurer and Chair of WWBIC’s Audit and Finance Committee.

Karin Gale was a member of WWBIC’s Finance & Audit Committee before joining the Board. She is a shareholder at Schenck, a Wisconsin accounting and business consulting firm. Her board and committee service includes the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs (Past President), the Independent Business Association of Wisconsin (Past President), the Association for Corporate Growth Wisconsin (Past President), and the City of West Allis Community Development Authority.

Johnny Moutry is Executive Director of New Covenant Housing Corporation, a faith‐based community and housing developer for low‐to‐moderate‐income individuals and families, in Milwaukee. A retired executive of Aldrich Chemical, a leading Milwaukee manufacturing now part of Sigma‐Aldrich, Mr. Moutry has received the Urban Economic Development of Milwaukee Leadership Award and the Wilbur Halyard Award for Community Service.

Kathy Andrea has been a partner at Andrea & Orendorff LLP in Kenosha, WI, since 1989. She served on WWBIC’s Finance & Audit Committee before joining the Board. Kathy specializes in providing auditing and management advisory services to nonprofit and governmental clients. She serves as Treasurer on the boards of the Kemper Center and the Kenosha Library Foundation.

WWBIC’s 2018-2021 strategic plan is underway. Through aligned growth, exemplary customer service, and measurable impact, WWBIC will advance its social goal of improving the economic well-being of individuals through inclusive entrepreneurship and facilitating self-sufficiency strategies.