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Wisconsin minority business certification application process

Wisconsin Minority Business Certification

The purpose of the Minority Business Certification Program is to increase the opportunity for minority firms to sell their products and services to the state of Wisconsin.


  • Per Wisconsin Statute 16.75 (3m) (b), state departments and agencies shall attempt to ensure at least 5% of total spending is paid to certified minority businesses.
  • Certified minority-owned firms are eligible for a low-bid preference as long as their bid is no higher than 5% of the lowest qualified responsible bidder.
  • Certified minority-owned firms are eligible for technical and marketing assistance.
  • Certified minority-owned firms are eligible to be listed in the state of Wisconsin's Directory of Minority-Owned Businesses which is circulated to corporate buyers throughout the United States, and state purchasing agents.


A minority-owned business (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or joint venture) must meet the following criteria:

  • Member of an ethnic minority group: Native American, Black, Hispanic, Asian Indian, Asian Pacific, Aleut, Eskimo, or Native Hawaiian. (WisDOT does not recognize women as minorities. Therefore, women-owned businesses are not eligible for minority certification).
  • Be at least 51% owned, controlled and actively managed by minority group members.
  • Serve a "useful business function" and have customers other than the state of Wisconsin.
  • Must be at least one (1) year old under current ownership.

How to apply

  • Complete an online application and upload requested documentation (ethnic status of minority owner(s), financial records, going business activity, etc.)
  • Must provide access to its business facilities and key personnel for the state Certification Consultant's on-site visit.

Where to apply

Applications and additional information are available from the Wisconsin Department of Administration by contacting:

Wisconsin Department of Administration
Minority Business Program
P.O. Box 7970
Madison, WI 53707
Telephone: (608) 267-9550
Email: DOABDMBD@Wisconsin.gov

Questions about the content of this page:
Linda Hanby, linda.hanby@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: Mar. 18, 2015

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