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Certification Process

All businesses seeking certification as a City of Milwaukee Small Business Enterprise are required to complete the new, renewal, or addendum application electronically through the Compliance Reporting and Certification System.  Instructions on how to access and complete an application can be found in the B2Gnow Online Application User ManualPaper applications will no longer be accepted.

  • SBE New Certification: Small business seeking SBE with the City of Milwaukee
  • SBE Renewal Certification: Certified SBE firms whose certification is expiring within the next 90 days.
  • SBE Addendum Certification: Certified SBE firms who have expanded their business and wish to become certified for new products or services.

If the application is properly completed and all supporting documents have been submitted, the processing time may be completed within 60 days.  Applications are processed by date of receipt on a first-in, first-out basis.  If there are questions regarding the certification process, please review the Small Business Enterprise Certification Procedures.

Certification Requirements

All businesses must meet the following certification requirements:

  1. The business shall be a U.S.-based business which is independently owned, operated and controlled and is not dominant in its field of operation, or an affiliate or subsidiary of a business dominant in its field of operation.

  2. The business shall meet the size standards of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).

  3. The business shall have demonstrated capacity to perform independently or as a subcontractor relative to its field of operation.

  4. The business shall not be owned, operated and controlled by individuals or groups of individuals, who own, operate and control a large business involved in the same category of work as the business for which SBE certification status is sought.

  5. The business shall be operational for at least one year prior to certification.

  6. The owner shall control the day-to-day critical operations of the firm.

  7. The owner or owners shall be citizens or permanent, legal residents of the United States.


In addition, detailed below are specific certification requirements that assist in determining Small Business Enterprise Certification eligibility:

The business shall be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by one or more persons who are at an economic disadvantage and who is experiencing substantial difficulty in achieving business-related success as a result of at least 3 of the following:

  1. At a disadvantage with respect to business location.
    • To determine whether your business location meets this criterion, enter your business address on My Milwaukee Home and click on the "Special Interest" tab.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to determine whether your business is in a Renewal Community.

  2. At a disadvantage with respect to education.

  3. At a disadvantage with respect to employment.

  4. At a social disadvantage.


Required Documents

New Certification Document Checklist 

Renewal Certification Document Checklist

Addendum Certification Document Checklist


Section 3 Certification

The City of Milwaukee also accepts online applications for the Section 3 certification.  Begin the certification process by clicking here.  For more information about Section 3, please visit