WWBIC Celebrates 30 Years of 'Putting Dreams to Work'

WWBIC is celebrating 30 years of of impact in 2017 with monthly ‘Investments in Impact’ to 12 Wisconsin Small Businesses. Business owners will be surprised with a $1,000 investment from WWBIC made possible through the generosity of Northern Trust. These contributions are an investment in the impact that small business owners make every day in the state of Wisconsin.

A new investment will be announced on the 30th of each month demonstrating the commitment WWBIC has made over the past 30 years to entrepreneurship in the state of Wisconsin. Also revealed as part of the celebration will be the '30 Faces of WWBIC.' Take a journey through history as WWBIC demonstrates appreciation for the people behind the mission.

#WWBIC30th SURPRISE: Shawntay

​January’s ‘Investment in Impact’ is Shawntay Walls, Owner - Mari’s Statement Collective

Mari’s Statement Collective is a local shop offering scarves, wraps, matching handbags, clutches, and jewelry for the complete accessorized look. Shawntay is a graduate of the WWBIC/Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee’s collaborative ‘Make Your Money Talk’ program and an active participant in WWBIC’s business education programs.

30 Faces of WWBIC:  

To kick off WWBIC's 30th year of impact - we are proud to celebrate 3 long-standing WWBIC champions. These individuals and organizations have remained advocates, supporters, and friends. THANK YOU: Kate Hill, Bill Coleman, & the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

KATE HILL, Owner - Heartland Information Research, Inc.

Kate Hill came to WWBIC as a budding entrepreneur with an idea to start a consulting business. In 1997, Kate opened her business becoming one of the first tenants in a joint business incubation partnership with the YWCA of Milwaukee – and Professional Dimensions which WWBIC managed. Kate continues to lead her business, now employing her husband and others. Kate Hill and her husband Don have become champions of WWBIC’s mission engaging in programming and annually supporting events (WWBIC Annual Luncheon, WWBIC Reception at the Governor’s Executive Residence/State Capitol). Kate has provided WWBIC with many resources including her time, talent and treasure.

BILL COLEMAN, President - Coleman & Williams, LTD.

Bill Coleman has served on WWBIC’s Board for nearly since 1988 serving as WWBIC’s Board Chair for the last 20. Bill has been a dedicated champion of WWBIC’s Financial Education programming (Make Your Money Talk series) and WWBIC’s match savings program for individuals residing in public housing in Milwaukee. Bill also has always demonstrated his dedication to supporting small business in Wisconsin through his patronage of WWBIC’s social business venture Coffee With A Conscience (CWAC).

GREATER MILWAUKEE FOUNDATION - Kathryn Dunn, Janel Hines, and Ellen Gilligan

WWBIC had barely incorporated in 1987 with a new and cutting edge plan – providing entrepreneurial education coupled with access to fair capital through small microloans to women, minority individuals and lower wealth individuals – when the Greater Milwaukee Foundation stepped in with the initial seed funding and support necessary. Over the past 30 years a strong partnership of support continues and has aligned in full. Not only has the Greater Milwaukee Foundation provided continual consistent funding resources & private leverage support for grants to WWBIC – GMF has provided infrastructural support with new initiatives and targeted focus areas including most recently a significant two year match allowing WWBIC to dedicated more resources in Milwaukee’s Near West Side. For 30 years – the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has been there for WWBIC.