Mia’s work in economic community development focuses on building resources and support with entrepreneurs of color, in partnership with local, regional, and statewide organizations.
Her goal is to build a stronger and more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem by working with community and economic development organizations.
Entrepreneurs of Color Spotlight
Entrepreneurs of Color Spotlight empowers entrepreneurs of color in northeast Wisconsin, highlights their business journey and strategies, and invites viewers to interact and learn.
- The business owners are compensated for their time and expertise.
- The Spotlights happen twice per month on the 1st and 3rd Thursday at 6:30 pm CST on Facebook Live
- The interviews are either done live or prerecorded.
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Are you an Entrepreneur of Color in Northeast Wisconsin and interested in being featured in an upcoming EoC Spotlight? Please fill out this interest form and we will get back to you!
The ColorBold Business Association serves new and established entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders of color while being a bridge for organizations that desire to reach people of color. ColorBold Business Association is the only Northeast Wisconsin business development organization focusing on all entrepreneurs of color.
Ethnic and Diverse Business Coalition (EDBC) – The Ethnic & Diverse Business Coalition works to improve the business environment in Wisconsin in order to build stronger ethnically diverse businesses who can compete in a global economy.
New North: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging – Improve the retention, advancement, and attraction of BIPOC talent to the region and provide opportunities for success for all historically marginalized individuals.
Blueprint365 – Blueprint365 is a new kind of digital-first business publication focusing on business, economics, and finance in and around Wisconsin’s communities of color
On-demand training is available to organizations to build a more supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Read about “Homegrown” and “Maximizing Success” below to see what training would best fit your needs.
→ Contact Mia for scheduling and more information.
- Entrepreneurs of Color (EoC) may identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, or mixed-race individuals.
- Entrepreneurship is a well-recognized strategy for poverty alleviation and wealth creation for marginalized communities and is an emerging and more inclusive economic development strategy.
- People of color are vastly diverse, but they share similar barriers to business growth, resources, and networks.
- The population in Northeast Wisconsin is changing. Black, Asian, Native American, and Hispanic residents accounted for three-fourths of the population growth in Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties in the past decade (U.S. Census and USA Today).
- EoC in Wisconsin starts businesses at a lower rate than white business owners despite opposite national trends (SBA).
- On average, entrepreneurs of color (EoC) earn ⅔ of what a white entrepreneur makes (ABS).
- EoC are three times more likely to be solopreneurs than white business owners (SBA).
- EoC are disproportionately concentrated in the sectors most negatively impacted by COVID-19 (Conroy, Hammer, Ljung, Chriestenson, 2020).
- Black entrepreneurs in Northeast Wisconsin indicate entrepreneurial resilience despite a lack of startup capital, formal networks, or relationships with economic development organizations (Hammer, Malual, Allen, & Schmieder, forthcoming, 2019).
- Community Economic Development State-wide Business Resource Page
Through programming, assistance, and applied research, we work with Wisconsin communities to develop strategies to support new and small businesses as part of their economic toolbox.
- Understanding and Mobilizing the Potential of Entrepreneurs of Color in Wisconsin
WIndicators Volume 5, Number 5: Written by Diana Hammer (Fond du Lac County)
A part of the WIndicators program
November 2022 — People of color are starting and growing businesses at high rates in Wisconsin. This study explored the experiences of BIPOC entrepreneurs in Fond du Lac County through 1-1 interviews and the Community Capitals Framework (CCF).
- Black Business Owners Speak
In the summer of 2019, Extension partnered with Fit Oshkosh to interview 48 African American business owners in Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, and Brown Counties. Preliminary findings are now available in this infographic.
- In Our Words: Black Entrepreneurs Speak
Extension partnered with Milwaukee-and Northeast Wisconsin based Black business owners to create this podcast to gain understanding of challenges faced and overcome by Black business owners, while also providing success stories and strategies implemented along the way that have helped grow their business start-up and growth resources.
- A Playbook for Equitable Economic Development offers guidance on identifying structural racism and implementing equitable practices. IEDC, 2022
- A Playbook for Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship Centers
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Need more information?
- Winnebago County Staff Directory or Outagamie County Staff Directory
- Return to the Winnebago/Outagamie County Community Development Website
- Check out Extension’s statewide Community Economic Development website for additional resources and programs.