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16.285(1)(1)
16.285(1)(a)(a) In this subsection, "woman-owned business" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, or corporation that fulfills all of the following requirements:
16.285(1)(a)1. 1. It is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, and actively managed by a woman.
16.285(1)(a)2. 2. It is currently performing a useful business function in this state.
16.285(1)(b) (b) The department shall implement a program for the certification of woman-owned businesses. The department may, without conducting an investigation, certify a business currently performing a useful business function in this state as a woman-owned business if the business is certified, or otherwise classified, as a woman-owned business by an agency or municipality of this or another state, a federally recognized American Indian tribe, or the federal government, or by a private business with expertise in certifying woman-owned businesses if the business uses substantially the same process as the department promulgates by rule for implementing this subsection.
16.285(1)(bm) (bm) The department may charge an applicant for certification under this subsection a processing fee of not more than $50.
16.285(1)(c) (c) The department shall promulgate rules necessary to implement this subsection.
16.285(2) (2) The department shall develop, maintain, and keep current a computer database of businesses in the state that are owned by women, containing demographic statistics and information on the types of industries represented, sales volume and growth rates, generation of jobs by both new and existing businesses, and any other relevant characteristics. The department shall compile and periodically update a list of businesses certified under sub. (1) and make the list available to the public on the Internet.
16.285 History History: 1991 a. 39; 1999 a. 185; 2005 a. 358; 2011 a. 32 s. 3319; Stats. 2011 s. 16.285; 2013 a. 20.
16.285 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. Adm 83, Wis. adm. code.
16.287 16.287 Minority businesses.
16.287(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
16.287(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.
16.287(1)(b) (b) "Asian-Indian" means a person whose ancestors originated in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh.
16.287(1)(c) (c) "Black" means a person whose ancestors originated in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
16.287(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.
16.287(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:
16.287(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).
16.287(1)(e)1.b. b. It is currently performing a useful business function.
16.287(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:
16.287(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).
16.287(1)(ep)2. 2. It serves as an adviser with regard to the sale of evidences of indebtedness or other obligations.
16.287(1)(f) (f) "Minority group member" means any of the following:
16.287(1)(f)1. 1. A Black.
16.287(1)(f)2. 2. A Hispanic.
16.287(1)(f)3. 3. An American Indian.
16.287(1)(f)4. 4. An Eskimo.
16.287(1)(f)5. 5. An Aleut.
16.287(1)(f)6. 6. A native Hawaiian.
16.287(1)(f)7. 7. An Asian-Indian.
16.287(1)(f)8. 8. A person of Asian-Pacific origin.
16.287(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:
16.287(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).
16.287(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).
16.287(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.
16.287(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.
16.287(2) (2)Minority business, adviser and firm certification.
16.287(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.
16.287(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.
16.287(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 or municipality of this or another state, a federally recognized American Indian tribe, 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).
16.287(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:
16.287(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).
16.287(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.
16.287(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.
16.287(2)(e) (e) If a business refuses to provide the department with sufficient information to enable it to conduct an investigation under par. (b) 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.
16.287(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.
16.287(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.
16.287(3) (3)Department rule making.
16.287(3)(a)(a) The department shall promulgate rules establishing procedures to implement sub. (2).
16.287(3)(b) (b) The department may promulgate rules further defining sub. (1) (f) 1. to 8.
16.287(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.
16.287 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. Adm 84, Wis. adm. code.
16.29 16.29 Technical assistance.
16.29(1) (1) Annually, the department shall grant to the Great Lakes inter-tribal council the amount appropriated under s. 20.505 (1) (kx) to partially fund a program to provide technical assistance for economic development on Indian reservations if the conditions under subs. (2) and (3) are satisfied.
16.29(2) (2)
16.29(2)(a)(a) As a condition of receiving a grant under sub. (1), the Great Lakes inter-tribal council shall establish a technical assistance program.
16.29(2)(b) (b) The program shall provide technical assistance to all of the following businesses:
16.29(2)(b)1. 1. A tribal enterprise.
16.29(2)(b)2. 2. An Indian business that is located on an Indian reservation.
16.29(2)(b)3. 3. An Indian business that is not located on an Indian reservation but that directly benefits the economy of an Indian reservation.
16.29(2)(c) (c) The program shall provide the following types of technical assistance:
16.29(2)(c)1. 1. Management assistance to existing businesses.
16.29(2)(c)2. 2. Start-up assistance to new businesses, including the development of business and marketing plans and assistance in securing development financing.
16.29(2)(c)3. 3. Technical assistance to new and existing businesses in gaining access to tribal, state and federal business assistance and financing programs.
16.29(2)(d) (d) The program may not provide technical assistance for a commercial gaming and gambling activity.
16.29(3) (3) As a condition of receiving a grant under sub. (1), the Great Lakes inter-tribal council annually shall prepare a report on the technical assistance program under sub. (2) and submit the report to the department.
16.29 History History: 1991 a. 39, 261; 1995 a. 27; 1999 a. 9; 2011 a. 32 s. 3442m; Stats. 2011 s. 16.29.
16.295 16.295 Fund of funds investment program.
16.295(1) (1) Definition. In this section, "investment manager" means the person the committee selects under sub. (3) (a) 1.
16.295(2) (2)Establishment of program. The department shall establish and administer a program for the investment of moneys in venture capital funds that invest in businesses located in this state.
16.295(3) (3)Selection of investment manager; contract approval.
16.295(3)(a)1.1. The secretary shall form a committee to select the investment manager. The committee shall consist of 3 representatives of the investment board and 2 representatives, appointed by the secretary, of the capital finance office in the department. The committee shall select a person as investment manager who has expertise in the venture capital or private equity asset class.
16.295(3)(a)2. 2. When the department gives the notice under par. (b) 1., the department shall submit its proposed contract with the investment manager to the legislative audit bureau for review. The legislative audit bureau shall review the proposed contract and, within 14 days after it receives the proposed contract for review, submit to the joint committee on finance and the department a letter of review that evaluates the terms of the contract and offers an opinion concerning the extent to which the contract conforms with this section and implements subs. (4) to (7).
16.295(3)(b)1.1. The secretary shall notify in writing the joint committee on finance of the investment manager selected under par. (a) 1. The notice shall include the department's proposed contract with the investment manager.
16.295(3)(b)2. 2. If, within 14 working days after the date the joint committee on finance receives the legislative audit bureau's letter of review under par. (a) 2., the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance do not notify the secretary that the committee has scheduled a meeting to determine whether the department's proposed contract with the investment manager is contrary to this section or fails to implement an applicable provision of subs. (4) to (7), the department and investment manager may execute that contract. If, within 14 working days after the date of that notice, the cochairpersons of the committee notify the secretary that the committee has scheduled that meeting, the department and investment manager may execute the contract unless the committee determines at that meeting that the contract, in whole or in part, is contrary to this section or fails to implement an applicable provision of subs. (4) to (7).
16.295(4) (4)Contract with investment manager; disclosure requirement.
16.295(4)(a)(a) Subject to sub. (3), the department shall contract with the investment manager. The contract shall establish the investment manager's compensation, including any management fee. Any management fee may not exceed, annually for no more than 4 years, 1 percent of the total moneys designated under sub. (5) (b) 1. and raised under sub. (5) (b) 3.
16.295(4)(b) (b) The investment manager shall disclose to the department any interest that it or an owner, stockholder, partner, officer, director, member, employee, or agent of the investment manager has in a venture capital fund that receives moneys under sub. (5) (b) or a business in which a venture capital fund invests those moneys.
16.295(5) (5)Investments in venture capital funds.
16.295(5)(a)(a) Subject to sub. (4) (a), the department shall pay $25,000,000 from the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (fm) to the investment manager in fiscal year 2013-14.
16.295(5)(b) (b) The investment manager shall invest the following moneys in at least 4 venture capital funds:
16.295(5)(b)1. 1. The moneys under par. (a).
16.295(5)(b)2. 2. At least $300,000 of the investment manager's own moneys.
16.295(5)(b)3. 3. At least $5,000,000 that the investment manager raises from sources other than the department.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)