A 14-week Entrepreneurial Training Program designed to ensure that emerging businesses don’t start blindly, providing business development with a focus on marketing, branding, business network development, and other essential resources. 

RISE MKE powered by MORTAR

​RISE was adapted from the highly successful Cincinnati based minority business accelerator program called MORTAR. The African American Chamber has formed a strategic partnership between
LISC Milwaukee and The Milwaukee Urban League as a component of the Ramp Up Project. RISE curriculum will focus on enabling underserved entrepreneurs through education, guidance, and mentorship. 

We are always accepting new applications for our 14-week entrepreneurship course. RISE applications that are submitted after submission deadlines, when cohorts are in session, or during the off season will be taken into consideration for the next cohort.


The course includes:

  • Course binder and materials
  • Business support
  • Access to capital funds of up to 35K
  • One-on-one mentorship
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea in front of potential investors, community leaders and customers
  • Ongoing support system provided by the African American Chamber and partner organizations.

The cost of the 14-week RISE program is ONLY $250. Payment plans are available if you’re unable to pay the entire balance at once.

Now accepting applications.

Registration now closed.

Get In Touch

[414] 462-9450

African American Chamber of Commerce  of WI




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