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Local leaders recognized at Breakfast of Champions event in Milwaukee

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 17:53:48-04

MILWAUKEE — They say Wheaties is the breakfast of champions, but the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin begs to differ. Tuesday morning, the group hosted its Breakfast of Champions, bringing together more than 500 business and community leaders.

This year's theme was "Technology Forward," something Khalif El-Amin said he's been looking forward to. He was one of three business award recipients at the breakfast.

“It makes all the long nights, all the early mornings worth it,” El-Amin said.

El-Amin is the co-founder of Young Enterprising Society, a project management company based in Milwaukee. He and his brother introduce students to STEAM programming — showing them how to be entrepreneurs using new technologies.

"(The idea) came from a lot of different failed businesses, and then coupled that with the needs we saw within the city,” El-Amin said.

What El-Amin is doing to fuel the future generation of tech is similar to the collective rising of entrepreneurs a few miles away at Sherman Phoenix.

“That was the dream. That is for all who live, work, serve in Milwaukee, and that you came in the doors and you feel nurtured,” JoAnne Sabir said.

Sabir and Juli Kaufmann made their dream a reality, and Tuesday they, too, were recognized for the fruits of their labor.