City of Milwaukee
The Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE) Program was enacted in 1989, through Chapter 360 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances. The EBE Program, formerly known as the DBE program, was created to assist and protect the interests of individuals who are disadvantaged and small business concerns in order to promote and encourage full and open competition in the City of Milwaukee. Chapter 360 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances was revised in 2002 to utilize city-certified EBEs in all contracting activities by approving an annual 18 percent EBE utilization requirement for each contracting department, and all other operating departments.
As of January 3, 2012, the Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE) Program has transitioned to the Office of Small Business Development (OSBD) Program. OSBD certifies Small Business Enterprise firms to contract with the City of Milwaukee. This change is governed by Chapter 370.
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