Important Update: The Office of Small Business Development has transitioned to form the newly created Office of Equity and Inclusion. As a result, we are updating our website to reflect the changes; we appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition.
Service Notice: The Office of Equity and Inclusion is closed to the public and staff will be working remotely until further notice. Staff are available during normal business hours and responding to emails and voicemails accordingly. If you have a general question, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We apologize for the inconvenience and delay and hope to be able to return to our normal service model as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
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Welcome to OEI
Racial disparities exist in virtually every key indicator of child, family, economic and community well-being. It is critical for the City of Milwaukee government to achieve racial equity within City government itself and in the communities we serve. We must work to:
- Build capacity and strengthen relationships so that each City department can work more effectively and collaboratively to advance racial equity, inclusion, and anti-racism;
- Identify and change policies and practices that may be contributing to racial disparities and inequity; and,
- Develop a shared racial equity framework with data-driven tools and measures to evaluate progress.
The City of Milwaukee is fully committed to implementing strategies, policies, and practices designed to advance and achieve racial equity and inclusion in education, housing, workforce development, criminal justice, violence prevention, and the delivery of quality and timely government services.
All businesses seeking certification as a City of Milwaukee Small Business Enterprise are required to complete an application.
The City of Milwaukee will make every effort to ensure the identification and removal of barriers to accessibility in its facilities, programs / services / activities, and/or streets / traffic for persons with disabilities.
The ERC is responsible for providing an internal accountability structure to ensure that City agencies design and administer programs and services in ways to address the equal rights needs of Milwaukee residents.