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Certification Overview

All businesses seeking certification as a City of Milwaukee Small Business Enterprise are required to complete one of the applications below.  

  • 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 you need instructions on how to access and complete an application, please view the B2Gnow Online Application User Manual.   If there are questions regarding the certification process, please review the Small Business Enterprise Certification Procedures  or contact our office at 414-286-5553 or osbd@milwaukee.gov

 

Certification Requirements

In order to be certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE), all businesses must meet the following minimum 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 SBE 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

The City requires several documents to affirm whether a business meets the eligibility criteria for certification.  To assist with gathering the appropriate information, please review the checklists below which contain comprehensive lists of supporting documents that must be submitted along with the application.

New Certification Document Checklist 

Renewal Certification Document Checklist

Addendum Certification Document Checklist

If an application is submitted with incomplete or missing documents, the business has ten (10) business days to respond and provide the requested information.  If the requested documents are not provided within ten (10) business days, the application review process will be terminated and the application will be returned to the business owner.  

To expedite the review process, please review the document checklist as many times as needed prior to submitting the application.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 414-286-5553 or osbd@milwaukee.gov.

Section 3 Certification

The City of Milwaukee also accepts online applications for the Section 3 certification.  For more information about Section 3, please visit http://www.hacm.org/Section3/index.html.

 

 Ready to apply?  Click here: Compliance Reporting and Certification System.