Kewaunee County Business Resources: Disadvantaged Group Financing

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
Attempts to increase participation of firms owned by disadvantaged individuals in all federal aid and state transportation facility contracts. Program offers loan guarantees for working capital to facilitate WisDot contracts or subcontracts.

Diverse Business Development (DBD) Program
The goal of the Diverse Business Development (DBD) Program is to support existing, new and expanding minority-, woman-, LGBT- and veteran-owned businesses in the state of Wisconsin.

Emerging Business Program
The Emerging Business Program was created to encourage the involvement, utilization, and development of economically disadvantaged businesses in the State of Wisconsin.

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Helps minority entrepreneurs grow and compete in the global economy by developing programs that provide access to financing, the marketplace, education, and technology.

Wisconsin Housing and Econimic Development Authority (WHEDA) Participation Lending Program (WPLP)
The WPLP is intended to provide Wisconsin businesses with financing that could not otherwise be secured through traditional lending. The program partners WHEDA with local community Participating Lenders, banks, credit unions, economic development corporations, community development financial institutions, small business investment corporations, and other entities that provide commercial loans in the state.

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) Program:
Provides micro loans up to a maximum of $50,000, to new or expanding women and minority owned businesses, or other eligible entrepreneurs. WWBIC also offers training and technical assistance.