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1855 Historic Map of Racine
The City of Racine
strives to continually have meaningful and substantial levels of participation
by Section 3 Certified Business (Section 3), Minority Business Enterprises
(MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), and Small Business Enterprises
(SBEs) in the services for which it contracts (either directly or through
sub-grantees), and in its various contracts for development projects.
The City of Racine
receives federal funds from various agencies, which are often sub-granted to
area non-profits or other eligible groups to carry out community and economic
development projects. Sub-grantees of the City’s federal funds are required to
sign a Written Agreement with the City of Racine to ensure compliance with
City, applicable state regulations, federal regulations, Federal Executive
Orders and related HUD federal regulations including the Davis Bacon Act and
Section 3 of the Housing and Community Development Act. Funds are subject to
Federal and local regulations including but not limited to: non-discrimination,
equal opportunity, accessibility, lead-based paint, prevailing wages, Uniform
Relocation Act, audits, procurement, and environmental review. Additional
requirements can be found in the CDBG regulations and OMB Circular A-122 and
A-110. The City requires that agencies or private parties (including some
construction contractors) certify to the City of Racine that they understand
these requirements and have adequate administrative systems in place to fulfill
The Racine First program applies to projects solely funded by the City of Racine or the City’s Water Utility in an amount greater than $200,000 (with some exceptions), and is designed to reduce unemployment rates among low and moderate income city residents. A minimum of 15% of the total labor hours
required to carry-out a public works project must be performed by low and moderate income city residents. “Low and moderate income” is defined and updated annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but generally refers to individuals of
households earning less than 80% of Racine County’s median income based on household size.
Contractors must document and certify their compliance with the provisions of the Racine First Program, which is more specifically described in the Municipal Code. Significant penalties, including debarment, for non-compliance apply.
The City’s Affirmative Action / Human Right’s Officer is responsible for the administration of the Racine First program.
Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The City of Racine is committed to going to the greatest extent feasible to ensure its implementation.
The Section 3 program ensures that economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with existing Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, be directed toward low- and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.
The City of Racine works to ensure the provision of employment, training, contracting, and other economic opportunities to its residents and other low-income persons. In doing so, we utilize Section 3 as a means of promoting stability and self-sufficiency to Section 3 residents
WHO QUALIFIES AS A SECTION 3
Section 3 residents are public housing residents or other low- or extremely low-income residents of the area where Section 3 covered assistance is expended.
WHAT IS A SECTION 3 BUSINESS CONCERN?
Section 3 Business Concerns are businesses that meet one of the following:
Please see the City of Racine Section 3 Implementation Plan for more information. This document contains the forms necessary to register a Section 3 Resident, a Section 3 Business Concern, and create a project specific Section 3 Work Plan.
City of Racine Section 3 Implementation Plan
The City of Racine is committed
to fulfilling our requirements under 24
CFR Part 85(E) to engage minority and/or woman
owned business enterprises in contracting opportunities, and we require
sub-grantees and prime contractors to do so as well.
We encourage any business
meeting the definition of a minority and/or woman owned business enterprise to
get registered by visiting the Wisconsin
Department of Administration’s Division of Enterprise Operations website. Those seeking
to engage a minority and/or woman business enterprise, may also utilize their site
to search for registered businesses.
The City of Racine has collaborated with Legacy Redevelopment Corporation and Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation to provide Microenterprise Forgivable Loans and Grants that are available to everyone regardless of gender or ethnicity. A “microenterprise” is a commercial enterprise that has five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the enterprise, or someone seeking to start one.
LRC provides strategic lending solutions for Milwaukee and Racine’s underserved markets; they have provided business and financial assistance for approximately 20 years. LRC is uniquely focused on nonprofit and small businesses, many of which are minority owned. They believe that sustainability is advanced when businesses and organizations have access to capital. Through their efforts, borrowers are able to increase revenues, hire employees within the communities that they serve as well as transform city-owned vacant lots and neglected buildings into affordable housing and thriving commercial spaces.
Contact them today to learn how they can assist you with all your financing and business development needs.
Nicole Pfeifer | Community Lending Officer
Milwaukee Office: 1536B W. North Ave. | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | 53205
Racine Office: 500 W. College Ave. | Racine, Wisconsin | 53403
WWBIC has provided quality business and financial education coupled with success to fair capital and financial products for more than 25 years. WWBIC impact is seen through the many entrepreneurs, business owners and individual whom they assist.
Their support put your business dreams to work.
Heather Lux | Project Director
Ten partnering community organizations developed this resource for City of Racine entrepreneurs,
inventors and business
Launch Box is a business development resource that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses reach the next stage of their professional journey. We believe
supporting small business is the best way to help Racine sustain a robust
business environment and a vigorous economy.
Their website provides business planning
resources for entrepreneurs who want to start a business within the City of
Racine and ongoing assistance for emerging and established businesses.
Launch Box has numerous resources for business plan
assistance, licenses and permits, financing your business, business education,
business training, workforce development and staffing, and more to start and
grow a business within the city limits of Racine, Wisconsin.
Box also offers a wonder Co-Working space
that is a neat, modern, open space
located in Downtown Racine, 141 Main Street, Suite 2 (right next to Jimmy
Johns!). With a great view of Main Street, trendy furniture and unique
whiteboards, the space gives off a youthful, hip vibe that makes it the ideal
co-working space for start-up entrepreneurs, freelancers, students and
We encourage all businesses to review the U.S. Small Business Administration’s
Resource Guide for Small Business – Wisconsin for a comprehensive list of resources available throughout Wisconsin and to contact the
Racine County Economic Development Corporation for local business data and resources.
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