The Urban League of Greater Madison is now just $3 million from reaching its goal to fund a state-of-the-art center for Black business growth, a facility under construction in Villager Mall on the south side.

Ascendium Education Group, a Madison-based student loan company, has announced a $2.5 million donation to the Black Business Hub on South Park Street.

The Hub has now raised more than $22.5 million toward a goal of $25.5 million since opening its capital campaign to the public a little over a year ago. The project has come to fruition at an accelerated pace. In 2020, Urban League CEO Ruben Anthony began exploring ideas for the Hub and by last winter was already celebrating a groundbreaking.

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