2011 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 560. Department of commerce.
560.036 Minority businesses.

560.036

560.036 Minority businesses.

560.036(1)

(1) Definitions. In this section:

560.036(1)(a)

(a) "American Indian" means a person who is enrolled as a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band or who possesses documentation of at least one-fourth American Indian ancestry or documentation of tribal recognition as an American Indian.

560.036(1)(b)

(b) "Asian-Indian" means a person whose ancestors originated in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh.

560.036(1)(c)

(c) "Black" means a person whose ancestors originated in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

560.036(1)(d)

(d) "Hispanic" means a person of any race whose ancestors originated in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central America or South America or whose culture or origin is Spanish.

560.036(1)(e)

(e)

560.036(1)(e)1.

1. "Minority business" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or corporation that fulfills both of the following requirements:

560.036(1)(e)1.a.

a. It is at least 51% owned, controlled and actively managed by a minority group member or members who are U.S. citizens or persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence, as defined under 8 USC 1101 (a) (20).

560.036(1)(e)1.b.

b. It is currently performing a useful business function.

560.036(1)(ep)

(ep) "Minority financial adviser" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or corporation that fulfills all of the following requirements:

560.036(1)(ep)1.

1. It is at least 51% owned, controlled and actively managed by a minority group member or members who are U.S. citizens or persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence, as defined under 8 USC 1101 (a) (20).

560.036(1)(ep)2.

2. It serves as an adviser with regard to the sale of evidences of indebtedness or other obligations.

560.036(1)(f)

(f) "Minority group member" means any of the following:

560.036(1)(f)1.

1. A Black.

560.036(1)(f)2.

2. A Hispanic.

560.036(1)(f)3.

3. An American Indian.

560.036(1)(f)4.

4. An Eskimo.

560.036(1)(f)5.

5. An Aleut.

560.036(1)(f)6.

6. A native Hawaiian.

560.036(1)(f)7.

7. An Asian-Indian.

560.036(1)(f)8.

8. A person of Asian-Pacific origin.

560.036(1)(fm)

(fm) "Minority investment firm" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or corporation that fulfills all of the following requirements:

560.036(1)(fm)1.

1. It is at least 51% owned, controlled and actively managed by a minority group member or members who are U.S. citizens or persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence, as defined under 8 USC 1101 (a) (20).

560.036(1)(fm)2.

2. It serves as a manager, comanager or in any other underwriting capacity with regard to the sale of evidences of indebtedness or other obligations or as a broker-dealer as defined in s. 551.102 (4).

560.036(1)(g)

(g) "Person of Asian-Pacific origin" means a person whose ancestors originated in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.

560.036(1)(h)

(h) "Useful business function" means the provision of materials, supplies, equipment or services to customers in addition to this state. Acting as a conduit to transfer funds to a nonminority business does not constitute a useful business function, unless doing so is a normal industry practice.

560.036(2)

(2) Minority business, adviser and firm certification.

560.036(2)(a)

(a) For the purposes of ss. 16.75 (3m), 16.855 (10m), 16.87 (2), 18.16, 18.64, 18.77, 25.185, 119.495 (2), 200.57, 231.27 and 234.35, the department shall establish and periodically update a list of certified minority businesses, minority financial advisers and minority investment firms. Any business, financial adviser or investment firm may apply to the department for certification. For purposes of this paragraph, unless the context otherwise requires, a "business" includes a financial adviser or investment firm.

560.036(2)(b)

(b) The department shall certify a business incorporated under ch. 180 or having its principal place of business in this state if the department, after conducting an investigation, determines that the business qualifies as a minority business under sub. (1) and any rules promulgated under sub. (3) (c). A determination that a business qualifies as a minority business may not be based on the number of minority group members employed by the business.

560.036(2)(c)

(c) The department, without investigation, may certify a business incorporated in this state or having its principal place of business in this state if the business is certified or otherwise classified as a minority business by an agency of this or another state or the federal government, or by a private business with expertise in certifying minority businesses if the private business uses substantially the same procedures as those used by the department in making a determination under par. (b).

560.036(2)(d)

(d)

560.036(2)(d)1.

1. If the business applying for certification is not incorporated under ch. 180 or does not have its principal place of business in this state, the department may certify it if it meets a condition specified under par. (b) or (c) and if either of the following conditions exists:

560.036(2)(d)1.a.

a. The state in which the business is incorporated or has its principal place of business has a statutory minority business procurement program and the business qualifies for participation in that program under a procedure substantially equivalent to the procedure used by the department in making a determination under par. (b).

560.036(2)(d)1.b.

b. The department determines that, with respect to a specified type of supply, material, equipment or service, there are not enough certified minority business suppliers in this state to enable this state to achieve compliance with ss. 16.75 (3m), 16.855 (10m), 16.87 (2) and 25.185.

560.036(2)(dm)

(dm) The department may charge each business applying for certification under par. (d) a fee to cover the department's expenses in making the certification determination.

560.036(2)(e)

(e) If a business refuses to provide the department with sufficient information to enable it to conduct an investigation or if the business does not qualify for certification under par. (b), (c) or (d), the department shall deny the application. A business whose application is denied may, within 30 days after the date of the denial, appeal in writing to the secretary. The secretary shall enter his or her final decision within 30 days after receiving the appeal.

560.036(2)(f)

(f) The department may, at the request of any state agency, or at its own discretion, examine any certified business to verify that it qualifies for certification. The business shall provide the department with any records or information necessary to complete the examination. If the business fails to comply with a reasonable request for records or information, the department shall decertify it.

560.036(2)(g)

(g) If the department, after an examination under par. (f), determines that a business does not qualify as a minority business, the department shall notify the business and the departments of administration and transportation that it intends to decertify the business. The business may, within 30 days after the notice is sent, appeal in writing to the secretary. The secretary shall enter his or her final decision within 30 days after receiving the appeal. If the secretary confirms the decision of the department, the department shall immediately decertify the business. A decertified business may, within 30 days after the secretary's decision, request a contested case hearing under s. 227.42 from the department. If the final administrative or judicial proceeding results in a determination that the business qualifies as a minority business, the department shall immediately certify the business.

560.036(3)

(3) Department rule making.

560.036(3)(a)

(a) The department shall promulgate rules establishing procedures to implement sub. (2).

560.036(3)(b)

(b) The department may promulgate rules further defining sub. (1) (f) 1. to 8.

560.036(3)(c)

(c) The department may promulgate rules establishing conditions with which a business, financial adviser or investment firm must comply to qualify for certification, in addition to the qualifications specified under sub. (1) (e), (ep) and (fm), respectively.

560.036 - ANNOT.

History: 1983 a. 390; 1985 a. 182 s. 57; 1987 a. 27, 403; 1989 a. 31; 1991 a. 37, 39, 189; 1993 a. 112; 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2007 a. 196.

560.036 - ANNOT.

Cross-reference: See also s. Comm 105.01, Wis. adm. code.

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