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Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Program

Frequently Asked Questions

 My company is not located within the City of Milwaukee City limits. Am I no longer able to bid?

Yes, you may continue to bid.  However, since your company is not located in within the limits of the City of Milwaukee, you would not qualify for the 5% Local Business Enterprise (LBE) bid incentive.

 How do I register for the program? Is there an LBE vendor registration list?

There is no registration list.  Bidders who are interested in being considered for LBE status must submit the LBE Affidavit and LBE Property Location Form with their bid documents every time they bid on a project.

 Do I have to submit the LBE Affidavit and LBE Business Ownership Form with each bid?

Yes.

 For companies that qualify as an LBE, does the 5% discount come off the top of their bid price?

Yes.  It is based on the base bid price.

 My company would qualify for the LBE program when we bid. However, if there is an SBE requirement to the bid, must all the SBEs I use also qualify for the program?

No.  The LBE incentive applies to the prime bidder.  The prime bidder can work with any SBE business.

 If my company is registered as an SBE with the City of Milwaukee, does that mean I am automatically registered for the LBE program?

There is no registration list for the program.  All prime bidders (including all SBE prime bidders) must submit the LBE Affidavit with their bid every time they bid on a project.

 My company does not have a business that is located within the limits of the City of Milwaukee. Is there any incentive or advantage given to Wisconsin-based companies?

No.  The LBE program was set-up to provide an incentive for companies within the limits of the City of Milwaukee.

 What are the differences between the LBE criteria under the original Ordinance, versus the revised Ordinance that is effective on December 18, 2009?

Original Ordinance
(Effective August 10, 2009)

Revised Ordinance
(Effective December 18, 2009)

The business must be physically located within the geographical boundaries of the City of Milwaukee.  Post office boxes do not suffice to establish status as an LBE.

The business must own or lease property within the geographical boundaries of the City of Milwaukee.  Post office boxes still do not suffice to establish status as an LBE.

If a business used a residential address, it did not qualify for the LBE program.

A business that uses a residential address located within the geographical boundaries of the City of Milwaukee may suffice to establish status as an LBE.

The original Ordinance did not address how the LBE program would apply if a business leased their property instead of owned their property.

A business can also qualify if they lease property within the geographical boundaries of the City of Milwaukee.

A business must be subject to local real estate taxes.

This is no longer a requirement if a business leases real property.  Businesses that lease real property within the geographical boundaries of the City of Milwaukee are eligible to participate.

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The LBE business must perform at least 10% of the monetary value of the work required under the contract.

Note:  Please refer to Chapter 365 LBE Contract Program for the detailed criteria and LBE qualifications.