Biz Notes

CI Design

Milwaukee-based CI Design has been nominated for a 2012-13 Emmy from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences under “Outstanding Achievement for Commercials – Campaign.” The nomination credits season one of the “It’s Aaron” commercial campaign, which focuses on the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund. Throughout the commercial campaign, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers surprised kids facing cancer with special visits. The campaign, led by CI Design Chief Storyteller and Producer Greg Marshall, was made possible by a partnership between Rodgers and Milwaukee-based David Gruber of Gruber Law Offices and is now producing its second season.

College Possible Milwaukee

College Possible Milwaukee recently received a $300,000 “College Success” grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. The grant will benefit 800 students working toward completing their undergraduate degrees by giving them tools, resources and connections to support them along the way. Students served will include those of low-income households, minorities and first-generation college undergraduates, who often face additional barriers to fulfilling their courses of study. With the grant, College Possible Milwaukee’s College Program will have specialized services available during the 2013-14 school year and will provide technology-based college coaching to students in need. The Milwaukee nonprofit organization was one of 28 organizations to earn a portion of Great Lakes’ $4.5 million “College Success” grants, which award programs that offer academic and social support to undergrads.

St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy

St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, located in Delafield, recently received a $1.67 million estate gift from John Richard “Rick” Leone, a 1975 graduate. Leone, who passed away in 2012, was executive vice president of Pennsylvania-based Bonney Forge Corp., a manufacturing company he worked with his father and sisters to develop. While Leone, who became wheelchair bound following a swimming accident, was involved in a number of charities, he was most invested in St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy. He donated funds for scholarships for cadets in need and also supported the construction of the institution’s football and lacrosse stadium, named Rick Leone Stadium and dedicated in 2009. Overlooking the stadium is a memorial honoring the mark he made on the academy.

Monkey Bar Gymnasium

Monkey Bar Gymnasium has opened its new location in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward at 173 N. Milwaukee St. The new space is more than triple the size of the former location on the second floor of 770 N. Milwaukee St. Monkey Bar Gymnasium originally opened in Milwaukee in 2011 and consists of monkey bar equipment, kettle bells and ropes. Fitness clients work out in classes, such as boot camp, body power and yoga that emphasize short intervals for toning and strengthening. The gym welcomes clients of all fitness abilities.

Wisconsin Healthiest Women Initiative Leadership Team

The Wisconsin Healthiest Women Initiative (WHWI) Leadership Team has launched an interactive website to act as a preconception health resource for women, families, advocates and health care providers throughout the state. The website,, was created as an outlet for people to learn how to strengthen preconception health and health outcomes statewide. The new website includes information on the Lifecourse Perspective, reproductive life plans, social determinants’ impact on health outcomes, and the steps organizations and communities are taking to boost Wisconsin women’s health. It supports WHWI’s focus on improving sexual health and pregnancy planning and improving the socioeconomic and environmental determinants of health. The WHWI is also known as Every Woman Wisconsin.

American United Taxi Company

American United Taxi Company has introduced a new line of “green” Toyota Prius taxi cabs in Milwaukee. The maroon-colored cabs produce a fraction of the carbon emissions of regular sedans and cut fuel consumption by about 50 percent. The cab company plans to convert half its supply to hybrid vehicles by 2015 to benefit the environment and cab drivers.

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