Scale Up Milwaukee announces first SPARC cohort

Scale Up Milwaukee, AACCW, and WWBIC launch JP Morgan Chase Supported growth training program for central city businesses


MILWAUKEE – Scale Up Milwaukee, an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, has announced 21 businesses participating in the newest growth-training program called SPARC. Launched in partnership with the African American Chamber of Commerce and WWBIC, and funded by JPMorgan Chase, SPARC focuses on central city Milwaukee businesses with revenue under $1 million. It is anticipated these companies and future generations of entrepreneurs will experience quick and sustainable growth.


The 21 businesses in the inaugural SPARC cohort represent a diverse array of industries and sectors from commercial cleaning and manufacturing to food and retail. A launch party celebrating the inaugural class will take place Monday, Oct. 2nd from 5 to 7 p.m. at Central Standard Craft Distillery, 613 S. 2nd Street.


Athena Communications

Anointed Cleaners

Clean Green LLC

Compost Crusader LLC

Confluence Graphics, Inc.

Cross Management Services, Inc.

Executive Commercial Cleaning

Gibraltar Industries, Inc.

Great Impressions

House of Fashion

M2R Electric Services

McCray Accounting Services

Milwaukee Blacksmith

One Day Real Estate Services

PC Lan Services

PeachyClean Commerical & Construction Cleaning

Philly’s Premium Beverages

Prenasis Hair Gallery

Rep. Wisconsin Apparel and Gifts


The Gouda Girls

The instructors for this pilot program are Scale Up partners and alumni of the Scalerator program. Special attention was given to faculty able to teach from experience in successful high-growth companies. The four sessions cover topics including sales and marketing, financing and cash flow management, and organizational development. The faculty members are Carl Brown, president of RBK Healthcare Marketing; Edward Bryant, portfolio manager, AVP at Byline Bank; Jessica Ginster, partner and general manager of Fyxation Bicycle Company; Tracy Meeks, vice president, Small Business Banking at Park Bank; and Dr. Eric Waters, assistant professor of Communication Studies in The Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.


Thank you to our sponsors at JPMorgan Chase and Near West Side Partners for making this possible and congratulations to our inaugural SPARC class!