September 21, 2023

Brew Metropolis Match program returns after four-month hiatus

The intersection of Cesar E. Chavez Drive, Greenfield and Muskego avenues in Milwaukee. (Photograph: Jon Elliott)

Milwaukee’s Brew Metropolis Match program has relaunched following a months-long strategic planning course of and restructuring.

Brew Metropolis Match, which launched in 2019 with a $3.5 million grant from the JPMorgan Chase Basis, is designed to catalyze small enterprise progress in neighborhoods surrounding downtown Milwaukee by offering entry to financing and technical help and matching qualifying companies with vacant properties.

“We’re thrilled to relaunch certainly one of Milwaukee’s most revolutionary packages for entrepreneurs,” stated Theodore Lipscomb, govt director of Native Initiatives Help Corp. (LISC) Milwaukee, which helps run the Brew Metropolis Match program. “This program is a essential step ahead in selling financial fairness, and we’re proud to proceed investing in native entrepreneurs.”

Via Brew Metropolis Match, small enterprise house owners and industrial property house owners can apply for grants of as much as $100,000 to renovate their storefronts and buy gear. Enterprise house owners additionally obtain enterprise teaching. This system additionally works to attach entrepreneurs with native sources and networks to assist them succeed.

Brew Metropolis Match formally resumed on April 1. This system will make investments the $3.5 million over a interval of two years. Travis Spell, LISC Milwaukee financial growth program officer, stated the Brew Metropolis program used the interval of December 2022 by April 2023 to create a brand new strategic plan for this system transferring ahead after COVID-19 considerably impacted enterprise house owners and the group. He stated the brand new plan gives for a “extra sturdy” system that can have a better group influence.

“We’re excited concerning the prospects and are very optimistic concerning the outcomes that we are going to obtain with the brand new plan,” stated Spell.

Brew Metropolis Match is presently accepting purposes from small enterprise and property house owners in Milwaukee.