Small Business Development

Resources 

Revolving Loan Program

The City of Milwaukee's Revolving Loan Program administered by the Office of Equity and Inclusion is designed to assist SBE-certified firms with financing for prime and sub contracts awarded to them by the City of Milwaukee.

Loan Program Parameters

  • Loan will be granted for up to 25% of the total contract dollars, with a maximum of $35,000 and a minimum of $1,500.
  • Loan funds may be used for working capital and/or bonding.
  • Loan repayment schedule will coincide with the contract payment schedule.
  • 5% fixed interest rate.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Certification by the City of Milwaukee Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program.
  • Recipient of a City, MATC, MPS, or MMSD contract as a prime or subcontractor.
  • Maximum number of six (6) loans throughout the duration of certification history.
  • Business must be located in the City of Milwaukee (Post Office Boxes are not acceptable).

Application

The Revolving Loan Program Application is available in both Word and Acrobat Reader formats.  (Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Download RLP Application

Start Smart Logo

StartSmart is an online tool that tells entrepreneurs what City and State permits and licenses are needed to open a business in Milwaukee. 

StartSmart is part of the City of Milwaukee’s Red Tape Rescue program, which aims to simplify starting and operating a business in Milwaukee. 

Any questions, please contact RedTapeRescue@milwaukee.gov

Access StartSmart at: http://itmdapps.milwaukee.gov/StartSmart/ 


The following agencies can assist emerging and/or existing small business with financial and technical assistance.  Please note, as a courtesy, we have offered many links to other websites and are not responsible for the content or the availability of these sites.

 

Business Consulting

Small Business Development Center - UWM

Services: Classes and Business Counseling

Phone: (414) 227-3240

Website: www.sce-sbdc.uwm.edu

 

 

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Business Counseling Assistance

Phone: (414) 297-3942

Website: http://www.scoresewisconsin.org/

 

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC)

Training, Lending, Business Education, Incubator Program, Incubator Networking

Phone: (414) 263-5450

Fax: (414) 263-5456

Website: www.wwbic.com

 

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

Business Development Assistance

Phone: (855) 469-4249

Website: http://inwisconsin.com

 

Wisconsin Procurement Institute

Training, Education, Counseling, Contracting

Phone: (414) 270-3600                    

Fax: (414) 270-3610

Email: info@wispro.org

Website: www.wispro.org

 


Financial Assistance

 

Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF)

Business Loans

Phone: (800) 475-3050

Fax: (612) 338-3236

Website: https://crfusa.com/

 

Kiva Zip

Crowdfunded Business Capital

Phone: (800) 475-3050

Fax: (612) 338-3236

Website: www.kiva.org/milwaukee

 

Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation

Business Loans and Grants

Phone: (414) 286-5840   

Fax: (414) 286-5778

Website: http://www.medconline.com/

 

Small Business Administration (Wisconsin Office)

Financial and Technical Assistance

Phone: (414) 297-3941       

Fax: (414) 297-1377

Website: www.sba.gov

 

Taxpayer Education & Communication

Office of Internal Revenue Service

Small Business Self- Employed Div- IRS

Start-up Business Packets and Tax Assistance

Phone: (414) 231-2156      

Fax: (414) 231-2143

Website: www.irs.gov

 

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC)

Training, Lending, Business Education, Incubator Program, Incubator Networking

Phone: (414) 263-5450

Fax: (414) 263-5456

Website: www.wwbic.com

 


Technical Assistance

 

Small Business Administration (Wisconsin Office)

Financial and Technical Assistance

Phone: (414) 297-3941       

Fax: (414) 297-1377

Website: www.sba.gov

 

Small Business Development Center - UWM

Classes and Business Counseling

Phone: (414) 227-3240                       

Fax: (414) 227-3142

Email: sbdc@uwm.edu

Website: www.sce-sbdc.uwm.edu

 


Workforce Development

 

Employ Milwaukee

Phone: (414) 270-1700

Fax: (414) 225-2375

Website: https://www.employmilwaukee.org

 

 

WRTP/BIG STEP (Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership)

Phone: (414)342-9787

Fax: (414) 342-3546

Website: http://www.wrtp.org/  

 


Certifying Agencies

 

Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee

HUD Section 3 Certification

Phone: (414) 286-5824

Website: https://www.hacm.org/

 

Milwaukee County Community Business Development Partners (CBDP)

DOT/DBE Certification

Phone: (414) 278-4747

Fax: (414) 223-1958

Website: https://mke.diversitycompliance.com/Default.asp

 

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)

SBE/VBE/WBE/MBE Certifications

260 W. Seeboth Street

Milwaukee, WI  53204

Phone: (414) 272-5100

E-mail: swmbe@mmsd.com

Website: http://www.mmsd.com/procurement/swmbe  

 

State of Wisconsin Department of Administration 

Supplier Diversity MBE/WBE/DVB Certification

Phone: (608) 267-9550

Fax: (608) 267-0600

Email: DOABDMBD@wisconsin.gov

Website: https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/DoingBusiness/SupplierDiversity.aspx

 

State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)

DBE Certification

Phone: (414) 438-4583

Fax: (414) 438-5389

Website:  https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/doing-bus/civil-rights/dbe/default.aspx            

 


Professional Organizations

 

African American Contractors Association (Milwaukee Chapter)

Contact: Victory Simmons

Phone: (414)731-5666

Fax: (414) 267-2421

Email: victory.44construction@yahoo.com

 

The Business Council

Phone:  414-287-4108

Fax:  414-271-7753

Website: https://mketbc.wordpress.com/

 

Milwaukee Urban League

Phone: (414) 374- 5850     

Fax: (414) 562-8620

Website: http://www.tmul.org/

 

National Association of Minority Contractors (Wisconsin Chapter)

Phone: (414) 454-9475

Fax: (262) 703-5090

Website: https://www.namcwi.org/

 


Chambers of Commerce

 

African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

Phone: (414) 462-9450 

Fax: (414) 462-9452

Email: info@aaccwisconsin.org

Website: http://www.aaccwisconsin.org/

 

American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

Phone: (414) 604-2044

Fax: (414) 604-2070

Website: http://www.aiccw.org/

 

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

Phone: (414) 643-6963 

Fax: (414) 643-6994

Email: info@hccw.org

Website: www.hccw.org             

 

Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce

6815 W. Capitol Drive, Suite 204

Milwaukee, WI 53216

Phone: (414) 645-8828

Fax: (414) 649-8115

Email: info@hmongchamber.org

Website: www.hmongchamber.org

 

Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 414-306-6460

Fax: 414-933-1652

Email: info@twbcc.com

Website: www.twbcc.com

 

 

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