Today, the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) and the Green Bay Packers Foundation announced a $250,000 matching gift challenge grant for the Black Business Hub and Accelerator Project (BBHAP). This exciting announcement was made at the annual Unity Picnic, a community event hosted by the Urban League. Over 600 community members came out to enjoy some great food, kids activities, live music, and even a family wellness vaccine clinic. The matching grant marks the start of ULGM’s community fundraising efforts for the BBHAP capital campaign.

The Hub, located at 2352 S. Park Street, is an 80,000-square-foot facility designed to provide economic empowerment opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs and small business owners in the community and beyond. Located in the heart of Madison’s oldest multicultural neighborhood, the BBHAP offers a diverse range of crucial resources and support for entrepreneurs. These much-needed resources include access to legal and financial assistance, business planning, technical assistance, mentorship and coaching, educational programs, and much more. The Hub will also serve as a community gathering place, boasting state-of-the-art event space, healthy food options, and retail shops. This comprehensive business ecosystem of programs and services is designed to help community members start and grow their businesses.

With the unwavering support of the Green Bay Packers Foundation and a host of other generous benefactors, the Urban League has successfully raised nearly $26 million towards their ultimate fundraising goal of $29+ million. However, to meet the ongoing challenge grant with the Packers, the Urban League must raise an additional $250,000 or more by September 30. This challenge offers a unique opportunity to double any donor’s contribution, dollar-for-dollar, up to $250,000.

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