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A new African American business hub is coming to MLK Drive this summer

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (AACCW) announced the groundbreaking development of Legacy—a new innovation and co-working space designed by and for African American entrepreneurs.

Construction for the new business hub is underway, and Legacy will open its doors in July 2019 at 1920 N. Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee.

This news comes months after the opening of the Sherman Phoenix, a similar business hub primarily filled with black-owned businesses in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.

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“We were inspired by leaders like Victor Barnett and Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter, and named the space Legacy as a tribute to entrepreneurs who have and are making the world a better place,” said Ossie Kendrix, president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin.

“There’s a lot of discussion in Milwaukee about fostering entrepreneurship, but we lack dedicated support for underrepresented, minority entrepreneurs. Legacy fills that need by providing access to workspace, mentorship, networking opportunities and business development resources.”

Totaling 4,212 square feet, Legacy will house AACCW’s offices, as well as innovation and co-working space for entrepreneurs from all walks of life. Unique to Legacy’s coworking space, the business hub will also feature SHARED, a community kitchen created specifically for bakers and cooks, providing access to commercial-grade kitchen amenities, or simply more cooking space during peak seasons.

AACCW launched a Legacy fundraising campaign to raise $500,000 for the completion of the new innovation and co-working space. You can get more information about Legacy or pledge a donation here.