In 2010, the Legislature enacted Wisconsin Act 299 that provided a participation goal of a portion of state contracts for Disabled-Veteran Owned Businesses (DVBs) certified by the State of Wisconsin. It also provided a permissive 5% bid preference to such firms. The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Program was established in 2011. In 2014, the Legislature enacted an amendment under 2013 Wisconsin Act 192 to establish a 1% participation goal for DVBs.
Businesses, who are certified as DVB, are at least 51% owned, controlled, and actively managed by an identified service-disabled veteran and serve a useful business function. The service-disabled veteran owner has demonstrated that they: 1) Have a certificate of release or discharge from active duty (Form DD214); 2) Reside in Wisconsin; and 3) Have a disability rating of at least 0% with the Department of Veteran's Affairs or an Armed Services Branch.
The DVB Certification Program is governed by § 16.283, Wis. Stats. and Admin. Code 82.
There is a $150 Application Fee for DVB Certification Applications.