Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund
The Riverworks Business Development HUB is one of three Milwaukee-based recipients of the Wells Fargo Open for Business Grant designed to help small businesses recover and grow. Wells Fargo is distributing $2.35 million to Riverworks Development Corporation, Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) and First American Capital Corporation.
Riverworks Development Corp. (RDC) will use the Wells Fargo funds to provide technical assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs in Milwaukee's Harambee, Riverwest and surrounding communities. The Riverworks Business Development HUB offers its team of business development specialists and network of business partners to guide entrepreneurs toward success. To learn more about the Riverworks Business Development HUB click here.
Business Spotlight - January 2022
Greeting Friends and Neighbors:
East Center Street has a variety of options for one to relax and enjoy themselves all while supporting local businesses and organizations. From a brand new café, to a performance space, and a local community-run radio station to a cooperatively-run ceramics studio, you can find whatever helps you find your inner center on Center Street!
Please check out these businesses and organizations, and support local businesses whenever possible!
The Daily Bird
The Daily Bird, Riverwest's newest coffee shop, began operating out of Centro Café in April 2021; they moved into their permanent space a few doors down in the Fall. The Daily Bird brings new life to the former Fuel Café space with bright yellow walls and décor. They serve Anodyne coffee and specialty drinks, bakery from Honey Bear Baked Goods, and sandwiches from Clarke St Sausage Co.
The Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, located at 926 E Center St, has been an event space and one of the area's longest-running art galleries since 2008. It hosts a plethora of performances ranging from Jazz, Hip Hop, Spoken Word and Experimental, and also serves as a rehearsal space for many local musicians and teachers. Additionally, the Older Wiser Local (O.W.L.) program, supported by Bader Philanthropies, provides older adults with activities such as guest speakers and arts & crafts.
Riverwest Radio, located at 824 E Center St, is now in its 11th year of providing the community with diverse programming. Riverwest Radio/WXRW provides a community platform for education, advocacy and creativity, as well as an outlet for marginalized and alternative voices. They invite Milwaukeeans not only to listen, but to take an active role in the production of their own show and become stewards of the station. Check out their website for a complete schedule.
Yours Truly, located at 833 E Center St, was founded in 2017 as a contemporary art space in the Riverwest neighborhood. This cooperatively-run ceramics studio features two electric kilns, throwing wheels, glaze materials, and all of the equipment and tools you need to create beautiful ceramic art. They also host shows, events, workshops, sales, and more. Check out their website for more information and their upcoming workshop schedule.