COMMON COUNCIL PRESIDENT MICHAEL J. MURPHY invites residents to attend the 2015 MILWAUKEE FINANCIAL PLANNING DAY on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, to receive free financial counseling from professional Certified Financial Planners ™.
THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT 10:00 A.M. (AND END AT 5:00 P.M.) AT DESTINY YOUTH PLAZA, 7210 N. 76TH ST. (N. 76TH AND W. GOOD HOPE). THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
President Murphy, former longtime chair of the Common Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee (and also a longtime member and chair of the city’s Annuity and Pension Board), said the opportunity to receive free advice from Certified Financial Planners ™ should not be missed.
“Residents will be able to get free advice and counseling about important financial issues including: getting out of debt, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, mortgages and foreclosures, among many issues,” said President Murphy, who last year sponsored legislation authorizing the city’s role as a sponsor/partner in Milwaukee Financial Planning Day.
The day will provide free, no strings attached one-on-one financial counseling and informative presentations, and credit reports will be made available to anyone who attends. Workshop sessions will cover budgeting, credit and debt, planning for retirement, mortgage savings, saving for college and more.
The event is sponsored by THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE and the FINANCIAL PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN WI, with local partners WISCONSIN WOMEN’S BUSINESS INITIATIVE CORP. (WWBIC), AARP WISCONSIN and MAKE A DIFFERENCE WISCONSIN.
Attendees can register at WWW.FINANCIALPLANNINGDAYS.ORG/MILWAUKEE or by
Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs said a Milwaukee-based consulting business will celebrate its expansion to new space in the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District No. 8 by hosting an open house event tomorrow — Wednesday, October 7.
P3 Development Group, owned by Genyne Edwards and Dominique Samari, will host the open house event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1916 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.
Founded in 2011, P3 specializes in business planning, program design, training, program development, capacity building and monitoring/evaluating.
Alderwoman Coggs said the new location chosen by P3 is located in the historic Schunecht Building. “The expansion by P3 to the Historic King Drive BID is very positive, and I believe it will soon be followed by other new business openings on the resurgent King Drive and across its corridor,” she said.
Ms. Edwards said P3 is appreciative of assistance provided by the city and Alderwoman Coggs as the firm looked for spaces to expand. “We are excited about the energy and the history we are now a part of on King Drive, and we are grateful for the assistance of Alderwoman Coggs in helping us find the location,” Ms. Edwards said.
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ALDERMAN JOE DAVIS, SR. is proposing an amendment to the tax incremental district for the new downtown arena that would provide unique opportunities for minority-owned businesses.
The proposed Common Council resolution to be introduced by Alderman Davis would amend the operating agreement for TID No. 84 (downtown arena district) to ensure that 50,000 square feet of retail or commercial space is made available exclusively for minority-owned businesses.
Additionally, the measure would provide for a 25% per square foot cost reduction for minority-owned business tenants for the first five years. The amendment would include the entire “Proposed 8 Block Development” that is a key centerpiece of the arena development proposal, Alderman Davis said.
“The amendment provides the opportunity for minority-owned businesses to be a part of this diverse, catalytic and transformational Milwaukee project – as they should be,” said Alderman Davis, chair of the Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee.
Alderman Davis noted that Milwaukee has “lacked traction” when it comes to fostering success of minority-owned businesses.
“This is about the future, and attempting to chip away at the lack of growth in our number of minority-owned businesses,” he said.
“This proposal is not going to be a panacea, but in my mind it sure is a good start,” the alderman said.
Alderman Davis said he expects the amendment resolution to be heard by the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee.
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John W. Daniels, Jr. Recognized for Civic and Legal Prominence
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Aug. 27, 2015) — John W. Daniels, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Quarles & Brady, a national law firm, has recently been honored for both his civic and legal leadership and his impact on corporate law. Daniels was selected by LawDragon, the leading legal periodical of attorneys, as one of the premier 500 lawyers in the United States. This rare recognition was done in testament to Daniels’ career as a corporate and real estate lawyer. Daniels, among other things, served as the first diverse national president of the prestigious American College of a Real Estate Lawyers. He and Ben Wilson, the chairman Beveridge & Diamond, instituted a national effort with major law firms and general counsel to significantly increase diversity in corporate legal engagements. A national Network of the finest African-American lawyers has been created, including experts in the most complicated legal areas. This is an unprecedented effort in the United States.
In addition, Daniels, the chairman of V&J Foods, one of largest family owned African-American companies in the U.S., was named Mr. Executive as part of the business Hall of Fame initiative in 2015. This recognition was extended because of his impact on growing and developing business enterprises. Daniels is a Harvard Law graduate and the chairman of Aurora Health Care, Inc. the largest health system in Wisconsin with revenues exceeding $4.5 billion.
About Quarles & Brady LLP
Quarles & Brady is a full-service AmLaw 200 firm with more than 475 attorneys offering an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients that range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies, with practice focuses in health care and life sciences, business law, labor and employment, real estate, data privacy and security, and complex litigation. The firm has offices in Chicago; Indianapolis; Madison; Milwaukee; Naples, Florida; Phoenix; Scottsdale; Tampa; Tucson; and Washington, D.C. Additional information can be found online at quarles.com, as well as on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
MILWAUKEE, Thursday, August 27, 2015 — Nearly 650 Milwaukee elementary school students have new backpacks filled with school supplies for the new school year, thanks to a donation today from the Milwaukee area AT&T Pioneers.
The AT&T Pioneers visited seven Milwaukee schools to donate the new backpacks and school supplies as part of their annual “Tools for Learning Project.” Each year, the Pioneers work to raise money, purchase supplies, and stuff backpacks to help needy students start the school year fully supplied and ready to learn.
“Through our Tools for Learning Project, the AT&T Pioneers are making sure hundreds of students have the supplies they need to achieve and succeed in the classroom,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “For some families, shopping for new backpacks and school supplies is not always an option. The AT&T Pioneers have stepped up to help these students have the tools they need to be successful in school.”
Members of the Broadway AT&T Pioneers chapter donated backpacks and supplies to the following seven Milwaukee elementary schools:
- Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
- Brown Street Academy
- Clarke Street School
- Elm Creative Arts
- Manitoba School
- Silver Spring Elementary
“These backpacks and supplies will help hundreds of Milwaukee students be prepared for the new school year and be successful in the classroom,” said State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd (D-Milwaukee). “I applaud volunteers like the AT&T Pioneers for stepping up to meet the needs of our students.”
Last year, the Pioneers donated nearly 617 backpacks to 5 elementary schools in the Milwaukee area. The AT&T Pioneers are a local organization of employees and retirees who volunteer their time to various community causes.
For more information, contact:
Jessica Erickson, AT&T Wisconsin
WOW Workforce Development Board
With the future of manufacturing driven by new talent and technologies, the WOW Workforce Development Board supports individuals interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing. Today we are excited to announce the
REVEAL YOUR PASSION FOR MANUFACTURING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, a new initiative aimed to help the next generation of leaders effectively compete in today’s manufacturing world.
The first 20 applicants will be considered to receive a one-time $4,000 scholarship. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 24 and reside in Waukesha, Ozaukee or Washington County. Motivated individuals who have overcome significant obstacles with limited resources and are determined to obtain an associate degree in the industrial and
manufacturing sector are encouraged to apply.
Applicants will be asked to complete an application, write a 2 page essay, provide a recommendation letter and a copy of their college acceptance letter and/or class schedule.
The winner will be saluted at the WOW Workforce Development Board’s Annual Meeting on September 23, 2015.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 4 P.M. ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015. DON’T WAIT…
THE CONTAINER STORE SEARCHES FOR NEAT PEOPLE IN MILWAUKEE!
FORTUNE “100 Best” and employee-first retailer will add 50 jobs to local community
What: The Container Store, the nation’s original and leading retailer of storage and organization products, is recruiting for its location in Mayfair (Wauwatosa) opening Saturday, September 12th, adding around 50 jobs to the area. We are currently accepting applications and are in the process of conducting group and one-on-one interviews. We’d love to have you attend one of these unique interviews as The Container Store approaches hiring our GREAT people like no other retailer.
Candidates can complete an online application at www.containerstore.com/careers.
When: If interested in attending an interview, please contact us at the number below for specific interview dates/times.
Visuals & Interviews:
The Container Store’s recruiting space is outfitted with eye-catching products and signage as the store will be to give candidates a feel for the company’s unique product collection, exciting in-store environment and employee-first culture.
Candidates will first participate in an interactive Group Interview in order to gauge their ability to work in teams and demonstrate their selling skills. These interviews allow the Store Managers to meet with many great candidates at one time and see how these potential candidates interact in a team or group environment, as that’s an especially important trait for The Container Store employees.
Media interviews will be available with members of the company’s recruiting team, as well as local candidates.
More Information about The Container Store and it’s unique workplace:
Ranked at the top of FORTUNE magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies to Work For,” for the past 16 years the unique hiring process (online application, phone interview, group interview, one-on-one interview) is a further example of the heralded retail culture that strives to empower employees.
First and foremost, The Container Store looks for people who are enthusiastic about selling and have a passion for providing unparalleled service — retail experience is not a prerequisite. Rather, we prefer to have employees with a variety of work and life experiences who can enrich our customers’ shopping experiences with their intuition and creativity. Our customers make our best employees, because they already love shopping with us and understand the power that our products and services can have on busy lives.
The Container Store pays its salespeople 50 to 100 percent higher than retail industry average. “A funny thing happens when you take the time to educate your employees, pay them well and treat them as equals. You end up with extremely motivated and enthusiastic people,” notes Kip Tindell,
our Chairman and CEO. Our commitment to this practice has not waivered even during a down economy. In fact, we have not done any layoffs.
We couple our one-of-a-kind product collection with an extremely high level of personalized customer service. The Container Store executes a solutions-based approach to retail that is liberated by a commitment to employee development and training. Each full-time salesperson receives more than 266 hours of training in their first year, compared to the retail industry average of seven to 10 hours.
The Container Store works to foster a corporate culture atypical in the retail industry and boast an average turnover rate of less than 10 percent companywide versus an industry average of more than 100 percent.
We’re a company with a real heart and soul – not just another retail store. You can find out more about “What We Stand For” — our special way of doing business, our employee-first culture, our Foundation Principles, our vendor relationships, and our commitment to the community and the environment — by visiting our blog, www.whatwestandfor.com. This interactive community features fun and inspiring videos, photos and blog entries on our special employee events, community projects and more.
The Container Store is proud to donate 10% of Grand Opening weekend sales from its location in Mayfair to the Junior League of Milwaukee. For 100 years, the Junior League of Milwaukee’s women members have worked to improve their community by giving their time to form meaningful partnerships and to develop valuable and significant skills as effective, well-trained volunteers and leaders.
To attend a group interview or for more information, please contact Nina Miller at 972538-6679, Melanie Graham at 972-538-6864, or [email protected]
The Social Development Commission’s (SDC) loss of a Milwaukee County contract to provide energy assistance services to low-income residents isn’t the only concern the anti-poverty agency’s CEO George Hinton has as he scrambles to keep the organization viable.
Hinton is also concerned about the way his agency lost its 30-year hold on the program for which it received $1.2 million yearly to help residents sign up for partial payments of utility bills and reconnection charges, fuel oil deliveries and costs of furnace repairs.
Hinton feels the democratic process of checks and balances was violated when Hector Colon, the director of Milwaukee County’s Department of Health used “emergency authority” to award 12-month energy assistance contracts to Community Advocates, Inc. and UMOS Inc.
Colon’s action overrides a recommendation by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors to extend SDC’s contract for six months even though the agency was not selected for renewal in a contract review process completed last April when Community Advocates and UMOS were selected.
“How does he (Colon) have the power to override the county board?” Hinton asked during a recent MCJ phone interview, adding there is no “emergency” as Colon stated to justify his action, calling the county health director’s claim a “fallacy.”
According to an earlier Journal Sentinel report, SDC tried to appeal the decision, but the appeal was denied and a subsequent review of the selection process concluded the contracts should be awarded to Community Advocates and UMOS.
Community Advocates will receive a reported $1.4 million to oversee a larger share of the central and northern half of the county while UMOS will be paid nearly $660,000 to serve much of the south side of the county outside the city of Milwaukee.
Hinton said his agency’s appeal of the earlier decision was about more than SDC keeping a program that was synonymous with the organization.
“It had a lot to do with the ‘process’ (used to select the agencies), and the lack of transparency in that process,” Hinton said.
During an appearance on Eric Von’s morning show on WNOV last week, Hinton and SDC Board member Gerard Randall noted there were no hearings, focus groups or other processes conducted by the County Department of Health to see what would be the best way to develop a plan to serve the community’s energy assistance needs.
The SDC head believes Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele had a hand in Colon’s decision. On WNOV, Hinton and Randall questioned the county executive’s role in awarding the contracts to Community Advocates and UMOS despite the board’s recommendation of SDC, especially given its long history of providing energy assistance to the community.
Hinton found it funny that Abele spoke of there being ‘politics’ in the selection process (and the need to remove it to guarantee fairness). Yet ‘politics’ is exactly what Hinton felt was being used against the agency as it contested the process.
Hinton and Randall criticized Abele for making the decision without working with the board, saying the county executive displayed arrogance and a disregard for the process.
“This is not about Community Advocates or UMOS. They do good work,” Hinton said during the radio interview. (But) we should be working together—all of us—to serve the community.”
When they shared the previous contract, SDC provided services to 75 to 76 percent of the community. Community Advocates provided services to 20 percent.
During his MCJ interview, Hinton credited county board members—especially Board Supervisors Martin Weddle and Khalif Rainey—for seeing the same thing the agency saw: An organization the community knew and trusted that was a stable influence in the community. “That’s why they voted the way they did,” said Hinton. “If we didn’t have a case, it (the selection process) would have been over long ago.”
Hinton said SDC has not been paid by the county since May for the energy assistance work they have done. He said approximately $200,000 is owed to them.
With SDC’s current contract ending Sept. 30, Colon reportedly used the emergency authority in order to guarantee the contractors implementing the program (Community Advocates and UMOS) had the needed time to be in place and properly promote the service for the upcoming winter heating season.
In a letter to Abele and County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., Colon explained why he used the emergency authority:
“Not having the department’s plan in place by Aug. 1, 2015, risks widespread confusion among eligible county residents and endangers approximately 20,000 elderly, frail or disabled individuals scheduled to be served in the early application process in August and September of this year.”
The Wisconsin Department of Administration also requires the county to provide a plan of services for a full year.
But Hinton scoffed at the rationale Colon used, noting the process Community Advocates and UMOS will use to service energy assistance applicants will be on an “appointment only” basis, not the “first come-first served” model used by SDC.
“There is no advocacy of need in the new model,” Hinton said in the radio interview. Using an analogy of a medical emergency, the SDC CEO said a sick person needing medical attention immediately doesn’t want to hear the next opening to see a doctor is two weeks away.
“That’s my fear. People freezing because Community Advocates and UMOS don’t have an immediate slot to see applicants. As to the complaints by the agency’s critics of long lines of assistance applicants at SDC, Hinton suggested WE Energies stop flooding the community with service termination notices to residents in need.
“It’s impossible to meet that need; there is more demand then supply of labor at one given time,” Hinton said.
Hinton stressed SDC will continue to service energy assistance applicants until the contract ends next month.
Where to get energy assistance…
WE Energies Winter Moratorium
WE Energies cannot shut off your utility service from Nov. 1 – April 15.
If you or someone you know is struggling to pay their We Energies bill, encourage them to contact us at 800-842-4565. Also visit we-energies.com to learn about available resources, including:
Energy Assistance – locations, hours, information customers need to provide
Company programs for low-income customers – Early Identification program and Low Income Pilot
Reducing energy costs – tips, brochures, energy saving kits
Customers have the option to self-serve or speak with a representative:
Automated phone assistance – For the most flexible payment plan options and to avoid wait times, call 800-842-4565. The system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and gives options for down payments and length of time to pay bills.
Online – Visit we-energies.com > Residential > Payment assistance for options. Plus, Wisconsin residents who can pay their current bill now and remaining balance within three months, can use WE Energies online Personal Payment Plan.
Phone – Speak to a representative at 800-842-4565 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.–WE Energies
UMOS Home Energy Assistance
The mission of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist low-income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.
UMOS, through The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy-crisis situations to residents of Kenosha County, Wisconsin. During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, UMOS staff assisted 7,071 residents with $3,132,049 in energy assistance.
WHEAP assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season (October 1 – May 15). The funding pays a portion of the heating costs but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost of heating a residence. The amount of the heating assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and heating costs.
For more information, call 414-389-6000
Community Advocates – Energy Assistance
Community Advocates partners with Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin to provide assistance for heating costs, electricity costs, and energy crisis situations. The assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season (October 1-May 15). The funding pays a portion of the heating costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost of heating a residence. The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and energy costs. In most cases the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier. Call 414-270-6954 or visit communityadvocates.net