City & County of Milwaukee


Milwaukee County Target Enterprise Ordinance Update (September, 2017)

Effective July 1, 2017, Milwaukee County has implemented the final phase of the Milwaukee County Target Enterprise Ordinance allowing for participation of SBE firms in County spend contracts.

Small business participation goals on County projects without any Federal money may now be achieved through use of DBE, MBE, WBE and SBE firms.  DBE firms are certified under the USDOT regulations, WBE and MBE firms are certified by the State of Wisconsin DOA, and SBE firms meet the SBA guidelines per the appropriate NAICS codes and are registered in the SAM directory, found at  If you are unsure of your status, you may search the directory at, and if you are not currently registered, there is no cost to enter your business into the registry.

Milwaukee County may select projects in 2018 for a trial program of small business set aside projects.  These will have race neutral goals and will include only firms that are registered as an SBE.  The County approved SBE designation is not to be confused with other SBE certifications, your firm must be registered in the SAM directory to qualify for inclusion as an SBE.

Updated Targeted Business Enterprise (TBE) Utilization Specifications for Construction (updated May 2017) – applies to DBE and State of Wisconsin MBE and WBE firms.

For additional information on this topic, please contact our staff of experts at or 414-270-3600