Certification Services

Certification is the process used by Milwaukee County's Community Business Development Partners department (CBDP) to determine the eligibility of small businesses to participate in Milwaukee County's small and disadvantaged business opportunity program intiatives.  These initiatives are designed to increase the diversification of Milwaukee County's annual spend to include more small, local businesses.  Doing business with small, local businesses enables Milwaukee County dollars to remain in the community, and for those dollars to work toward sustainable job creation.  Becoming certified may create new, or increase the current number of, opportunities for small businesses to perform work with Milwaukee County.


CBDP determines the eligibility of small businesses to participate in Milwaukee County's small and disadvantaged business opportunity program initiatives in accordance with Federal Regulation, State Law and Milwaukee County Ordinance.  These guidelines can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 49, Parts 23 and 26 (49 CFR Parts 23 & 26).  These Parts also make reference to specific portions of 13 CFR Part 121, utilized in making determinations related to small business size standards.  State Statute 84.072, and Milwaukee County General Ordinance Chapter 42 further detail program aspects that affect Milwaukee County contracts carry participation goals.  Each piece of legislation can be accessed through its corresponding link below:

  • 49 CFR Part 23 - Participation of Disadvantage Business in Airport Concessions
  • 49 CFR Part 26 - Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs
  • 13 CFR Part 121 - Small Business Size Regulations
  • Statute 84.072 - Unified Disadvantaged Business Certification Program
  • Chapter 42 - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Participation in County Contracting


CBDP is a certifying member of the Wisconsin Unified Certification Program (UCP), a cooperative of 24 different Wisconsin cities, counties, and airport authorities that benefit from USDOT funding.  The UCP is responsible for the Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification of small businesses throughout the State.  Once a firm receives the statewide ACDBE or DBE certification from the UCP, there is no need to obtain the certification from any other entity in the State.


If you are outside the Milwaukee County area, you may also seek certification with the UCP by applying to any one of the other certifying members.


If you are applying for initial (first time) certification with the UCP, you will need to complete and submit each of the following documents.


Effective July 1, 2014 Milwaukee County CBDP is only accepting online applications.




Community Business Development Partners

Milwaukee County

633 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 902

Milwaukee, WI 53203

(414) 278-4747 Office

(414) 223-1958 Fax


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