Prism Economic Development Corp
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United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

PRISM Economic Development Corp

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Racial Equity Fund, Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement
Building Organizational Capacity, Food Entrepreneurs Growth Opportunity with an Experiential Learning Partner

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Building Organizational Capacity: PRISM EDC is a community-based, economic development organization that was founded by the Parklawn Assembly of God Church (now known as Embassy Center MKE) for the residents of Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood. PRISM has become a hub for food-related community service and entrepreneurial activity focused on Community Development through Health and Wellness, through its main programs: UpStart Kitchen, where food entrepreneurs launch and build their businesses, and Brigade MKE, an accelerated skills-based career track to get youth trained and into the workforce earning a livable wage. PRISM is working to develop retail platforms where member-clients of UpStart can market their products and gain exposure to new clientele, with partners like Sherman Phoenix Marketplace. They look to develop contractual relationships that will lead to enhanced business activity and economic growth for the entrepreneurs affiliated with UpStart Kitchen. Multiyear funding would allow Prism to recruit their first full cohort of mentees from the Shular Institute and mentors at UpStart Kitchen. (Racial Equity Fund)

Food Entrepreneurs Growth Opportunity with an Experiential Learning Partner: PRISM Economic Development Corporation began the development and now operates UpStart Kitchen, a shared commercial kitchen that provides a space for entrepreneurs to start or grow their food-oriented business. Prism EDC is evolving into a hub for food-related business development and community service and currently focuses on three main activities: an UpStart Kitchen, Community Meals Program, and Brigade MKE, launching in summer of 2022 which will create an accelerated skills-based career track to get students (ages 14-22) into the workforce earning a livable wage by elevating their potential and their future opportunities by providing Milwaukee kids with training specific to employment and future careers.  (Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement


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3725 N. Sherman Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53216