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Small Business Development

Small Business Development

The city’s small business development programs are designed to assist and protect the interests of emerging and small businesses. We serve as a gateway for small businesses to engage in and compete for city contracts.

Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program

The City of Milwaukee's Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program is designed to enhance the emerging small business community by maximizing support services, contract opportunities, and financial resources to the small business community. 

Residents Preference Program (RPP)

The City of Milwaukee helps underemployed and unemployed residents gain access to employment opportunities through its Residents Preference Program (RPP).  The RPP certification is designed to promote the use of city residents as part of a contractor’s or developer's workforce on certain city-funded construction and private development projects.  

City of Milwaukee Disparity Study

The City of Milwaukee has engaged Griffin & Strong, P.C (GSPC) to conduct a Disparity Study (“Study”). The Study will determine whether there is a disparity between the percentage of minority and women owned firms that are available to provide goods and services to the City and the City’s utilization of those firms. Over the course of this Study, there will be several ways the local business community can be involved. GSPC will be conducting surveys, public hearings, virtual informational meetings, and other public engagement meetings. If your firm is contacted to provide input, we thank you for your participation. You may also email us any comments or questions at [email protected].

 About OEI 

 City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 606, Milwaukee, WI 53202 

 Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

@  OEI General Email 


TDD: 414-286-8547


Business Development Staff @ Dontreal Teague, Business Inclusion Program Coordinator


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