Business Resources & Partners

MKE has contributed over $11,000 to sixteen Milwaukee area Black businesses. Our efforts have helped businesses stay afloat during COVID-19 and times of unrest. We are very appreciative of your donations!

MKE Black is proud to partner with several organizations that help support Milwaukee’s Black business community.


KOHA is a unique fundraising app that connects local Chicago and Milwaukee businesses and services to schools and nonprofits. KOHA helps businesses grow, raise money for schools and nonprofits, plus reward people for supporting local businesses and schools in their communities. 

Available for all Businesses

Embolden is an initiative to bring college students and new graduates together with underrepresented minority-owned (Black, Latinx, and Indigenous) small businesses to help transition their products, services, and workflows to the digital world. Through pro bono adaptive strategy and digitization efforts, we hope to help these businesses develop the required pipelines to maintain consistent revenue to remain competitive in tomorrow’s online business environment.

Available for Black, Latinx & Indigenous Businesses


PayPal Empowerment Grants for Black Businesses Program

Grants are available for small Black-owned businesses affected by COVID-19 and the unrests. Businesses must be Black-owned by an adult (18+), have less than two employees and located in the U.S. Businesses must also have an average annual revenue under $1M, and have a founding date prior to March 1, 2019. A Paypal business account (free) is also required.

Up to $10,000 will be awarded to over 1,000 businesses.

June 11, 2020 (10:00am) – August 31, 2020 (4:00pm)


African American Chamber of Commerce

Championing the growth and sustainability of African American owned businesses by providing access to capital, education and advocacy through capacity building and strategic partnership.

Brew City Match

Connects new and expanding businesses with quality commercial real estate, business training, and funding to fuel the revival of Milwaukee’s historic commercial corridors

Business & Neighborhood Improvement Districts (in predominantly Black neighborhoods)

Scribble Inc.

Skribble Inc. helps not-for-profit and public organizations move forward. Skribble specializes in Grant Writing, Board Development and Governance.

Tool Loan Program

Provide a wide variety of hand and power tools from screwdrivers, hammers and pipe wrenches to sanders, saws, ladders, wheel barrows and much more. 

The Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce

Represents the interest of black business development in the communities where their members conduct business. 

Wisconsin Supplier Diversity Program

We certify Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), which increases their opportunity to do business with the state of WI. 

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