The Cargo Bike Shop opens retail spot on Willy Street

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Common Wealth welcomes a new business to 1404 Williamson St. by Barry Adams | Wisconsin State Journal Tim Staton has his garage back and Williamson Street has gained a new niche retailer aimed at families looking for an alternative way to cart around their young children, groceries and other packages. Think of The Cargo Bike Shop as a dealership for two-wheeled, …

Announcing the Commonalities Event Series

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Join us to learn more about Common Wealth! Common Wealth is excited to announce the Commonalities Event Series, which will take place between February and October 2017. Each of the four events in the series will focus on one of Common Wealth’s program areas: affordable housing, business incubation, youth employment training and placement, and adult employment training. These events are free and …

Bike-focused coffee shop opens on Willy St.

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A new small business is opening up on Willy St. in one of Common Wealth’s buildings. By Samara Kalk Derby — Wisconsin State Journal A bike-centered coffee shop opened Saturday next to Batch Bakehouse on Williamson Street. Dan Coppola opened Cafe Domestique, decorated with bicycles, at 1408 Williamson St. The Cargo Bike Shop is getting ready to open next …

Diana, Madison West High School

Youth Programs alumni testimonial: Diana’s story

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Diana’s story is one that impeccably captures the goal of Common Wealth’s Youth-Business Mentoring Program (YBMP). Now a junior at Madison West High School, Diana completed YBMP during the first semester of her sophomore year; she was hired at TJ Maxx within a month of successfully completing the training and has now worked there for over a year. While she …

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Rachel Darken, 2016 M List with Madison Magazine

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Rachel Darken, Common Wealth’s Youth Programs Director, is one of 32 mentors and teachers who made the 2016 M List with Madison Magazine. “I’m honored to be included in this group of people dedicated to improving the lives of youth in our community,” said Rachel. “Being a part of this year’s M List isn’t just about one person, though – …

Big changes for the Williamson-Marquette Gazette

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For the past 34 years, Common Wealth, the Marquette Neighborhood Association and the Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood Center have partnered together to produce the Williamson-Marquette Gazette, a bi-monthly newspaper for the Williamson-Marquette neighborhood. We are proud to have provided news and connections to our community for so many years. Volunteers and staff have dedicated an extraordinary amount of time to shape and share …

Congratulations to Willy Street North on the Grand Opening on August 15!

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Common Wealth sends much congratulations to the Willy Street Co-op on the grand opening of their new store on Madison’s north side in a food desert this past August 15, located at 2817 N. Sherman Ave. This harkens back to 1985, when Common Wealth had a capital equity and loan program funded by the City of Madison’s CDBG program. We …

Wanda Fullmore Summer Internship Program participants, 2016. Photo by Kent Sweitzer.

Fifty youth from Madison complete Wanda Fullmore Summer Internship Program

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The third annual Wanda Fullmore Internship Program concluded last week, with fifty youth residing in the City of Madison completing eight week summer internships with various City of Madison departments. For the second consecutive year, Common Wealth was chosen as the nonprofit partner to administer the internship program, increasing from 30 interns in 2015 to 50 in 2016. The internship …

Nestor Bacque, Common Wealth affordable housing tenant

Affordable housing tenant profile: Nestor Bacque

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Originally from Salto, Uruguay near the Argentinian border, Nestor Bacque moved to Madison in 2005. He has made his home here ever since, working jobs in agriculture, at a grocery store, and now at a car dealership in Madison. He moved into a Common Wealth apartment in August 2012. “Common Wealth is a great organization,” he reflected on his front porch …