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African American Chamber of Commerce raises $1 million for the Legacy Campaign

Posted at 11:36 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 12:36:11-04

WISCONSIN — The African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin has raised $1 million to establish the Legacy Co-Working and Innovation Space.

The new space will be located at 1920 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. and will provide workspace and programmatic resources for Chamber members and entrepreneurs, which includes: Co-Working space, Leasable Private Offices for Entrepreneurs, SHARED Commercial Kitchen, and Coffee Shop/Retail Space.

The African American Chamber of Commerce launched the campaign for the space back in the fall of 2019, but construction was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the construction of the space has since resumed.

According to a press release from the chamber of commerce, the final donation to the campaign was made by the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation.

“In this time when African Americans have struggled to maintain health, security and means, campaign donors have stepped up to ensure that local entrepreneurs have a space to nurture their business dreams. Donors’ gifts to the Chamber ensure that we can invest in the entrepreneurs who will lead our community to prosperity," said Ossie Kendrix, Chamber President.

In addition to American Family, support came from Chris Abele; WEDC Funding via Milwaukee County; Greater Milwaukee Foundation; MillerCoors; American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation; Brewers Community Foundation; Fiserv; Johnson Controls Foundation; Wells Fargo; Herb Kohl Philanthropies; Town Bank & Catholic Financial Life; Evinrude Foundation; AACCW Board Giving; Deborah Allen/DNA Network; WE Energies Foundation; Enterprise Holdings Foundation; and the 100 for $100 Bronzeville Campaign.

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