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State awards four Milwaukee nonprofits with $320K in grants for helping veteran entrepreneurship

Milwaukee-based organizations received 4 of the 5 annual statewide grants given on October 1 to nonprofits that provide entrepreneurship or technical training, or business assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes. Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary-designee Mary Kolar awarded $320,000 of the $400,000 total to Milwaukee organizations. Since 2016, the WDVA’s Entrepreneurship Grant Program has provided more than $1 million in funds to organizations assisting veteran entrepreneurs. This year’s entrepreneurship grant recipients located in Milwaukee were: Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd., Milwaukee, was awarded $100,000 for a storefront retail café. The goal...

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Senator Tammy Baldwin introduces bipartisan legislation for veterans to become airline pilots

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin recently announced the reintroduction of her bipartisan American Aviator Act with Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), designed to increase opportunities and expand flight-training services for veterans to become commercial airline pilots. The American Aviator Act will authorize grant funding through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support training opportunities for veterans who are not already military pilots. “America’s veterans have bravely served our nation and we have a shared responsibility to make sure their service and sacrifice is honored,” said Senator Baldwin. “Our veterans have also earned every opportunity to be productive and successful after completing...

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Governor Tony Evers designates second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day across Wisconsin

Joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Governor Tony Evers signed Executive Order #50 on October 8, declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. The executive order was signed at Indian Community School in Franklin. With the declaration, Governor Evers recognized the importance of the Native Nations to Wisconsin and reaffirmed the significance of Native Nations’ sovereignty, culture, and history. “Through this executive order, we recognize and appreciate our tribal nations and Indigenous people and their resilience, wisdom, and the contributions they make to our state,” Governor Evers said. “Native Americans in Wisconsin and throughout...

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DISH Network offers to pay one (un)lucky fan $1,300 to watch 13 Stephen King movies by Halloween

DISH Network retailer USDish.com announced on September 17 that it will pay someone to watch a lineup of Stephen King movies before trick-or-treating starts on October 31. Stephen King has been bringing his terror to page and silver screen for more than three decades, and the world is hungry for more with the recent remake of It, and the upcoming sequels It Chapter 2 and Doctor Sleep. With Halloween just around the corner, the direct-broadcast satellite provider is looking for one (un)lucky fan to watch 13 movies based on Stephen King’s most chilling novels. This job is not for...

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Homeless occupants of tent city under Marquette Interchange given eviction notice by WisDOT

The homeless population living in the tent city camp under and around the Marquette Interchange were notified by the State of Wisconsin that they had until October 31, 2019 to depart the area. The “eviction” notice was delivered on October 4 to dozens of individuals by the Southeast Regional Office of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “I don’t know how you evict someone from underneath a freeway underpass. It’s ridiculous that they would serve an eviction notice to the homeless,” said Alderman Khalif Rainey. “Forcing individuals to relocate doesn’t rectify the issue. It just moves the issue somewhere else.”...

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Tasty treats help Alan Goodman win Near West Side’s 2019 Rev-Up MKE small business competition

Near West Side Partners announced that Alan Goodman of A Goodman’s Desserts has been named the winner of the fourth annual Rev-Up MKE small business competition and plans to locate his business in Milwaukee’s Near West Side. The winner was selected at the conclusion of NWSP’s “Shark Tank”-style live pitch event in which five finalists pitched their business ideas before a panel of judges and members of the public. Inpower was named as the runner-up and recipient of $4,000, in addition to being selected as the WaterStone Bank Audience Choice winner for an additional $1,000 prize to support its...

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