BizTimes Media names chamber a finalist for Nonprofit of the Year

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Oct. 8, 2021) – The African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin is a finalist in the 2021 BizTimes Media Nonprofit Excellence Awards program.

The AACCW is a finalist in the Nonprofit Organization of the Year category for charities with annual operating budgets of less than $3 million.

The awards will be presented in a program on Friday, Nov. 5, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. Members of the AACCW are invited to attend the awards program to show their support for the organization. To learn more about the nominees and register to attend the breakfast program, visit

The award will add to the momentum of the AACCW’s most impactful and successful year.

The AACCW reached its $1 million fundraising goal to build the new Legacy Co-Working and Innovation Space at 1920 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville Neighborhood.

The organization plans to celebrate the grand opening of the Legacy Space in November.

Once open, the 4,000-square-foot Legacy Space will feature a commercial kitchen tailored for baking to help grow catering and other businesses, private offices, a coffee shop and retail space.

AACCW President and CEO Ossie Kendrix Jr. said the AACCW projects its membership to grow 25 percent annually and to help launch up to 80 new businesses at the Legacy Space over the next three years.

The opening of the Legacy Space will cap an impressive series of milestones for the AACCW:

  • Former Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele donated $300,000 to help launch the Legacy Space project.
  • The American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation recently provided an undisclosed gift to complete the campaign for the Legacy Space.
  • The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is awarding the AACCW a grant of $144,400 to help build the Legacy Space.