ICYMI: Governor Walker Building Wisconsin Workforce with Minority Business Partnerships
December 15, 2017

[Madison, Wis.] – In case you missed it, Governor Scott Walker is fighting to move Wisconsin forward by building our state’s workforce through partnerships with four minority chambers of commerce.

The state will partner with the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, and the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce to invest in workforce development. With more people working in Wisconsin than ever before, Governor Walker is committed to helping everyone who wants a job to find a job.

Read more from the Milwaukee Business Journal here or find excerpts below:

Gov. Scott Walker Announces State Partnership with Four Minority Chambers 
Patrick Leary
Milwaukee Business Journal
December 14, 2017

Wisconsin is partnering with four of its minority chambers of commerce for a significant new financial commitment, Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday. …

WEDC is awarding $1.47 million to the four chambers, with the African American chamber getting $400,000, the Hmong chamber receiving $375,000 and the American Indian and Hispanic chambers being awarded $350,000. The funds will support minority-centric initiatives such as business training workshops, financial awareness programs, assistance with securing financing, networking opportunities, and one-on-one mentoring …

“Our four partners in that regard are being designated as strategic business partners,” Walker said. “That is an extension of the state of Wisconsin. When people come, as Foxconn did and as Haribo did down the way, what we do is we say ‘well, you don’t have to go to the local community and then to the county and then to the region and then to the state. That is an extension of us.'” …

Walker said the partnerships will make it easier for the state and the chambers to work together to help both existing businesses and new ones. …

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