SMBA Newsletter

Next Meeting! 2/21/2013

When: Thursday, 2/21/2013
Where: The Coliseum Bar and Banquet, Upper Floor
Time: Noon – 1:15 pm
Format: 12 Noon Lunch
12:15 – 1:15 Announcements
Open Discussion and Speaker
Please RSVP to Jodi Fisher at
by Noon on Tuesday 2/19/2013

This Month’s Event …

Sustainable Business Panel
“Greening” your operations is rapidly becoming a necessity in today’s business environment. This presentation will focus on why a business needs to ‘green’ their enterprise, how to get started through the Wisconsin Green Masters Program, and what it took for a local, vibrant business-Best Cleaners- to make that commitment in the Madison marketplace.


Mr. Tom Eggert, Professor of Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Wisconsin School of Business, UW-Madison

Tom is the Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council and Outreach Director for Business Sustainability with the WI School of Business. He has taught classes on business sustainability at the WI School of Business since 1997 and developed the graduate certificate in Business, Environment & Social Responsibility. In addition to his work with the School of Business, he works with the Department of Natural Resources as the Sector Lead for the Green Manufacturing sector. He holds a law degree from George Washington University, a Masters in Public Administration from UW, and, prior to law school, was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.

Mr. Alan Capelle, Director, Upper Iowa University-Madison

Alan Capelle is currently the Director of Upper Iowa University in Madison. In addition to his duties at UIU, he has also created and taught a course in Sustainability(Building an Eco-Economy) since 2002. He has also been instrumental in encouraging the creation of a 2nd course in this area through the Sciences Department. He has worked in the public and private sectors the past 30 years in various capacities.

Mr. John Whitley, Owner, Best Cleaners, Madison, WI

John Whitley, President Best cleaners of Madison Inc. with two locations 5712 Raymond Rd Madison and 6713 Frank LLoyd Wright Ave in Middleton. Started Best Cleaners in 1996 after spending twenty four years in the industry working for the Johnson Group Cleaners of Great Britain. Certified Professional Cleaner and received the designation of Wisconsin Business Friend of the environment in 2005. The first drycleaner in the state of Wisconsin to be licensed by GreenEarth cleaning to use their patented system. Married to Madison native Jeanne, we have four children and three grandchildren.

Italia Newsletter – March-April Issue (Plus IAWC News)

Ciao, Amici!

REMINDER: The next club event coming up is our annual Sauce Tasting Contest on April 14th so mark your calendars and hope you can make it – maybe even enter a sauce!

FACEBOOK: If you’re a facebook member please visit our Facebook page for the latest club info. It’s more active than the website and there are photos from meetings, discussions, etc.

April 15th is the deadline for scholarship applications. Note that there is a copy of the application form with the newsletter but it can also be downloaded and filled out from our website:

WWBIC Madison Classes March 18-28

WWBIC is offering the following classes in the month of March:

Two classes left in the series. There is still room to sign up.

Business Planning Basics
Learn how to use your business plan as a platform to accelerate your success.

Options for Funding Your Small Business
Learn about various funding options for your business from this panel of traditional and alternative lenders.

Estate Planning
Get your Will and other legal documents in order!

What Can WWBIC Do For You?
Learn about WWBIC’s services, including business education classes and business loans.

All classes held at WWBIC Madison headquarters at 2300 South Park Street, Madison.

Connie Hilla.-
Coordinator of Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County
810 W. Badger Road, Madison, WI 53713
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MMSD Candidates Forum – Mar 23, 9:00 A.M.

MMSD School Board Candidates Forum!
Foro De Candidatos Para La Junta Directiva De MMSD!

Co-Sponsored by/Patrocinado por:

Latino Education Council, Nuestro Mundo Community School, Centro Hispano, Latinos United for College Education Scholarships and Latino Academy of Workforce Development.

CENTRO HISPANO, 810 W. Badger Road, Madison
Saturday, March 23, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Very Important for Our Community!/ Muy Importante para Nuestra Comunidad

The Madison Times – 3/14/2013

Lots of great stuff in The Madison Times this week…

  • Centro Hispano of Dane County is celebrating 30 years in the community. They first opened their doors on March 18, 1983. Centro will be hosting a 30 Year Campaign Kickoff and Mixer at Centro Hispano on April 12. We catch up with executive director Kent Craig.
  • School board candidate Wayne Strong has some interesting ideas on what we can do to make our Madison Metropolitan School District better. TMT talks to Strong about how his unique background and expertise and how it can help lessen the achievement gap.
  • The YWCA Madison has announced the 2013 Women of Distinction award honorees: Betty Banks, Andreal Davis, Tehmina Islam, Salli Martyniak, Becky Steinhoff, and Mona Adams Winston. We have the story.
  • Renowned civil rights attorney and advocate Michelle Alexander contended that the United States’ system of mass incarceration functions more like a caste system than a system of crime prevention or control as she spoke to a packed house of University of Wisconsin-Madison students and community members March 7 at Union South.
Other stories:

  • The 7th Annual Line Breaks Festival will feature NYC guest artist DawN Crandell
  • This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Youth Job Center (YJC) job skills program. Sixty percent of these youth have been youth of color.
  • Civil rights icon Diane Nash will be the keynote at the 8th Annual Hatheway History Lecture at Edgewood College
The middlespread is a story and many photos from the Madison Harriet Tubman Walkers event this past weekend….

We have local, state, and national news…. editorials, opinions, What’s Up?, and more

Pick up a copy today!

Check us out at


A. David Dahmer, Editor in Chief
The Madison Times Weekly Newspaper

Veteran’s Town Hall Meeting 3/23/13

On March 23rd the Urban League of Greater Madison is hosting a Veterans Town Hall meeting from 10am-12pm.

Learn what benefits you may be eligible for from the five agencies represented. Each agency will give a short overview of what they do for Veterans and then you will have an opportunity to ask questions. Light refreshments provided by the American Red Cross.

Agencies represented: Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran’s Hospital, Madison Vet Center, Minority Outreach Coordinator VA Hospital, Dane County Veterans Service Officer, Department of Workforce Development.

Share this information with veterans you may know. Family members are also invited to attend.

See this promotional flyer for more info.

SMBA Newsletter – 2/21/2013

NEXT MEETING! 2/21/2013
When: Thursday, 2/21/2013
Where: The Coliseum Bar and Banquet, Upper Floor
Time: Noon – 1:15 pm
Format: 12 Noon Lunch
12:15 – 1:15 Announcements
Open Discussion and Speaker
Please RSVP to Jodi Fisher at
by Noon on Tuesday 2/19/2013

This Month’s Event

Ted DeDee of the Overture Center Ted DeDee comes to Overture Center for the Arts from New Albany, Ohio, near Columbus, where he oversaw the building and opening of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, which opened in 2008. He has managed a number of performing arts facilities in Tennessee, Dallas and New York State in a career that spans nearly 35 years.

Ted earned a degree in music education from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. He managed the Eastman Theatre in Rochester from 1978-88; opened and ran the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas from 1988-94; served as executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center from 1995-2002; helped design and construct the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, and stayed on as its executive director until 2007, when he moved on to the McCoy Center, where he served as executive director for five years. He is one of only about a dozen performing arts venue managers in the country to hold the title of Certified Facility Executive (CFE) from the International Association of Venue Managers.

At our meeting Ted will be speaking about Overture Center’s positive impact in the Madison area community and his vision for the future of Overture in downtown Madison’s continued revitalization.

What’s Happening at Neighborhood House

Hello All,

Here are a couple of things that are happening at Neighborhood House. Please take a look and let us know if anything interests you! We have Movie and Meal Night, Cartoons and Comics Class, and also a link the Wisconsin Historical Society and NHCC!

Moive and Meal Night TONIGHT!! March 8th, 2013
Donations Welcome!
Meal at 6:00 pm Traditional Caribbean Food
Movie at 6:30 pm How To Train Your Dragon
@ Neighborhood House Community Center
You won’t want to miss our meal!!
Traditional Caribbean food cooked by
The Caribbean Association of Madison!

With Phil Hands

About the Instructor:
Phil Hands is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and writer. He draws cartoons for the Wisconsin State Journal focusing specifically on issues relevant to Madison and Wisconsin. Phil also creates illustrations for the editorial page and the sports page of the Wisconsin State Journal, and has been known, from time to time, to even write a column. Phil received a B.A. in Political Science and Studio Art in 2003 from Kenyon College in Ohio and a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007.

When: Every Wednesday starting March 13th- April 10th
(No classes week of Spring Break)
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Where: Neighborhood House Community Center Art Room
Ages: 10-14
Cost: $30

Scholarships are available to families who apply. Please check with the staff for more information

Please e-mail us at for an application or for more information

The Neighborhood House online gallery was published on Friday, March 1 on the Wisconsin Historical Society website. Here is a link directly to the gallery:


Free Bilingual Training for High School Seniors

Latino Academy of Workforce Development


A Free Bilingual Food Protection Manager Certification Course for High School Seniors

Do you know of a High School Senior who needs a job for this summer?

In only 12 hours they can obtain this national certification.

The following are some of the areas where they can apply this certification: Food processing plants, restaurants, child care and any other area related to food safety.

Class dates: March 9 & 16
Exam date: March 17
Times: Two sessions 9 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 6 pm
Fee: Scholarships are available to all the students.
To register have them call at 608.310-4573

We want to thank the Capital Times Kids Fund for their sponsorship for this project.

The Madison Times – 3/7/2013

Happy Thursday!

Lots of great stuff in The Madison Times this week…

  • World-renowned artist Faisal Abdu’Allah is the Arts Institute and the Department of Art History’s Spring 2013 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We talk to him about his “FauHaus” project, about sensiotics, and about how you, too, can become a world-famous artist.
  • The inaugural “Multicultural Explosion and Step Show” took place on Feb. 28 at Edgewood College and was sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Campus Activities Board, and the Multicultural Advisory Council. We have many photos and the story.
  • U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore commemorates Women’s History Month
  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia equates black voting rights with ‘racial entitlements’….
  • MMSD partnership with Boys & Girls Club shows continued gains in closing achievement gap
Other stories:

  • On March 1, Chavez Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss Day with celebrity readers and UW basketball and football players
  • Women in Focus to host “I Have a Dream” Scholarships reception
  • Nominations are being sought for the 2013 Rev. James C. Wright Human Rights Award
  • The middlespread is a story and many photos from the AKA’s annual Men Who Cook fund-raiser at the Fitchburg Community Center March 2.

    We have local, state, and national news…. editorials, opinions, What’s Up?, and more

    Pick up a copy today!

    Check us out at


    A. David Dahmer, Editor in Chief
    The Madison Times Weekly Newspaper