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Detailed Information for : Minority Business Enterprise Certification

Applies to business seeking certification as a minority business.

License Type:

Annual renewal is needed.

No charge  
A minority-owned business (sole proprietorship, partner-ship, corporation or joint venture) must meet the following criteria: belong to a minority group: Native American, Black, Hispanic, Asian Indian, Asian Pacific, Aleut, Eskimo, or Native Hawaiian; bbe at least 51% owned, controlled and actively managed by minority group members; serving a "useful business function" and have customers other than the State of Wisconsin; business must be at least one (1) year old under current ownership. Submit a complete application DD-400 and provide documentation (ethnic status of minority owner(s), financial records, ongoing business activity, etc.) must provide access to its business facilities and key personnel for the state certification consultant's onsite visit; complete the State of Wisconsin Bidder's List Registration.   
Required Documentation:
Complete application DD-400 and provide documentation (ethnic status of minority owner(s), financial records, on going business activity, etc).  Commerce will provide a site verification visit. The firm must also complete the state Bidders List Application.  The forms may be obtained from the contact noted.  
Application Form(s):
Wisconsin Statutes:
Minority businesses (S. 560.036)
Buy on low bid, exceptions (S. 16.75(3m))  
Administrative Rules/Codes:
No administrative rule(s) or code(s) apply.  
Contact Information
Minority Business Development
Home Page:
E-mail :
Hours of Operation:
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday  
Mail Address:
PO Box 7970, Madison, WI 53707  
Street Address:
201 W. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53711  
Agency Web Site:
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For additional assistance with business-related license, permit and registration information, visit the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at or phone them at 608-263-7680.