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November 2023 Luncheon | The Black Business Hub: Transforming the Madison Region’s Black Entrepreneurial Community from Disparity to Prosperity.

  • November 14, 2023
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Madison Club


Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | The Madison Club

In-person Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Livestream and Program:  12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Join us on Tuesday, November 14 for a presentation by Dr. Ruben Anthony, president and CEO, of the Urban League of Greater Madison.  

Dr. Anthony will discuss the Black Business Hub (The Hub), which grew out of extensive community engagement work facilitated by the Urban League and many other partners beginning in 2018 as part of “The Agenda South.” By 2021, the community’s vision had manifested in The Black Business Hub and the Black Business Hub Accelerator Program. 

The Hub will be the Madison region’s premiere enterprise center devoted to incubating, accelerating, and networking Black and other BIPOC entrepreneurs. The Hub is a 4-story, 80,000 square foot, state of the art center of commerce and entrepreneurism. The Hub is strategically located at the southernmost gateway into downtown Madison, visible from the Beltline Highway, and located in the heart of Madison’s oldest multi-cultural neighborhood.

The future home to retail and other businesses owned by Black and other entrepreneurs of color ranging from start-ups to established business looking to expand and/or take on storefront locations for the first time. The Hub will also integrate mission-based commercial and retail uses including a wide variety of innovative economic and entrepreneurship activities including food, personal care, financial services, entertainment, technology, co-working space, a rentable commercial kitchen, and much more.  The Black Business Hub Accelerator will offer a place-based system of entrepreneurial supports including loans, grants, technical assistance, networking, and more.

Over the next few years, it’s estimated that the Hub will support a minimum of 100 Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, create or relocate over 150 jobs, create at least 250 temporary construction jobs, train Black real estate developers, and much more.  Construction of the Hub is underway, with substantial portions of the building to be complete and occupied by the end of 2023.

About Dr. Anthony:

Ruben L. Anthony, Jr., was appointed president & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison in March 2015. Dr. Anthony has been a manager for over 27 years. He started RowJAC Consulting, a Management and Planning Firm that Specializes in Civil Rights in government contracting, in 2013. Through RowJAC he has served as the interim Director of Milwaukee County’s Community Business Development Program which is responsible for enforcing compliance in procurement and contracting. Dr. Anthony has also served as a disadvantage business enterprise capacity building adviser to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and to the Dulles Airport in Washington D.C.

Attendance Options:

Our speaker will be appearing in-person at the Madison Club. Members can choose between attending in person or virtually. Guests are welcome to attend in person or virtually. 

In Person Luncheon Choices for November:

  1. Regular Entrée: Juniper roasted pork loin w/ creamed wheatberries, caramelized cabbage, roasted beets, mustard sauce
  2. Vegetarian Entrée: Wild squash risotto w/ spiced pepitas, pecorino, wilted greens, quinoa, seared halloumi cheese

If you plan to attend in-person, you must register by Wednesday, November 8.

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