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Fund Milwaukee April Meeting

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88Nine RadioMilwaukee

220 E. Pittsburgh Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53202

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April Meeting

5:00 p.m. - Social
5:15 p.m. - Orientation for those new to Fund Milwaukee
5:30-7:00 p.m. Pitches

Beverages available from Stone Creek Coffee for purchase.

Exciting pitches for the April Meeting...

Kindred Redevelopment Project
CUPED, a Milwaukee non-profit organization, is developing the former Reader’s Choice store located at 1950 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive into the Kindred Building. Reader’s Choice – the only Black-owned bookstore in the state -- has been a gift to the community for nearly 30 years. Its location nestled between the “old” Walnut Street and the “new” Bronzeville is an opportunity to embody the ancestral legacy that once graced the area. A visible anchor on MLK Drive, Kindred is an investment in our city’s main streets and a vital part of the neighborhood’s rebirth. The redevelopment is designed to engage community residents and partners as the neighborhood grows and prospers. The building will also house a shared cultural production space for gatherings including art, readings, spoken word, music and film to help activate the community’s vision for Bronzeville’s Arts & Cultural District.

Kindred will be anchored by two vested members of the Milwaukee community: Jazale’s Art Studio and Grateful Girls, Inc. This unique coalescence of shared purpose and passion for nurturing potential is what makes Kindred powerful. The development team and tenants are committed to creating Kindred as a beacon for endeavors that help the community and its young people grow holistically through arts, culture and wellness to reach our greater purpose.

Pitched by: Melissa Goins, Maures Development Group, LLC and Maggie Beckley Board Member and Treasurer of CUPED


Bittercube
Bittercube was founded in Milwaukee by Nicholas Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz in 2009. As a consulting company, Bittercube has trained over 400 bartenders and thousands of home enthusiasts. Today, Bittercube consults on bar and restaurant cocktail programs around the country with more than 15 active clients. Beyond consulting, Bittercube produces a line of slow-crafted bitters in Bayview. Production started with 1 gallon jars of bitters, today there are 940 gallons being made, which will yield roughly 3 million cocktails!

Since 2009, the business has grown to distribute bitters to accounts spanning the United States and abroad in Canada, Italy and Australia. Starting in 2015, Bittercube launched a custom tonic program and started selling cocktail elixirs. Collectively, those arms of the business grew 257% from 2015 to 2016 and 358% from 2016 to 2017. The elixirs and tonics were developed to help Bittercube reach bars and restaurants interested in craft cocktails, but without the infrastructure to achieve them. The results have been very successful.

Bittercube has been featured in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, Playboy, Imbibe Magazine, Timeout, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, GO – AirTran Inflight Magazine, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, NPR, and Daily Candy, among other publications.

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