Welcome to the Office of Small Business Development
Important Information Regarding COVID-19
Until further notice, the Office of Small Business Development will not be available for in-person office visits or phone calls. However, during normal business hours, staff will be working remotely and will be able to respond to emails accordingly. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly email staff at the addresses on the right hand side of this page.
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.
Below you will find important information regarding the City of Milwaukee Stay at Home Order issued by the City of Milwaukee and a link to a comprehensive resource list created to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19:
Please visit the City of Milwaukee Health Department for a copy of the Stay at Home Order, as well as state and federal orders and information here: milwaukee.gov/coronavirus. You can download a copy of the infographic here: MHD COVID-19 Infographic
The Department of City Development and its partners have compiled a business resource list (in English and Espanol) that is updated regularly here: https://city.milwaukee.gov/DCD/BusinessToolbox/COVID-19-Resources
Here is a condensed resource list for small and micro-businesses in a downloadable pdf file. COVID-19 Small Business Resource List
The City of Milwaukee's Office of Small Business Development (OSBD) was created to assist and protect the interest of emerging and small business concerns.
We take steps to promote and encourage full and open competition in the City of Milwaukee so emerging businesses may successfully compete in a free market as independent business owners. The staff has a communication network with each of the city's contracting departments to ensure that the opportunities in commodity procurement, construction, service orders and professional services are available to small and emerging businesses.
We work to enhance the emerging small business community by maximizing support services, contract opportunities, and financial resources to compete in the public and private sector markets. We also work to establish mentor-protégé relationships between small businesses and those businesses in the mainstream marketplace.
Revolving Loan Program
The City of Milwaukee's Revolving Loan Program is designed to assist SBE-certified firms with financing for prime and sub contracts awarded to them. Funds are available to all currently certified SBE firms with upcoming City, MATC, MPS or MMSD contracts. Click here to access the Revolving Loan application.
Business Capacity Building Program
The City of Milwaukee’s Business Capacity Building Program was designed to mentor and promote existing Small Business Enterprise firms actively engaged with city-funded private development projects and procurement. The program seeks to ensure full opportunity for participation by SBE firms on future public works and private sector development projects. The goal of the program is to prepare small businesses for sustainable growth that is measured by increased business revenues, new contracting opportunities and job creation.
B2Gnow Compliance Reporting and Certification Software
As part of a contract award, contractors are required to participate in mandatory training on the City of Milwaukee Office of Small Business Development’s Compliance Reporting and Certification System (CRCS powered by B2Gnow) within thirty (30) days after contract award.
Contracts with a value of $25,000 or more are monitored though the CRCS. Both prime and subcontractors are required to report payment information in the CRCS.
Access CRCS for training or payment monitoring