MBE FBE Design Goal

EFFECTIVE MAY 9, 2013
MBE/FBE Goals of 15% on Design Contracts
Multi-Trade Construction Projects totaling $1,000,000 or more
MBE FBE 15% design goal


REVISED CHANGES TO FEP PROCESS EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2010

Public Act 96-706 (SB 351)
The Business Enterprise for Minorities,
Females and Persons with Disabilities Act

  • Legislation to assist all sub-contractors and small businesses in Illinois seeking to do business with the State
  • On August 25, 2009 Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 351 (Public Act 96-706) which specifies that business owners who submit bids or proposals for State contracts under the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females and Persons with Disabilities Act have no opportunity to cure deficiencies in their bids or proposals once they have been submitted, unless such opportunity is mandated by federal or regulation.
  • Because of this Act, prime contractors submitting bids on State-funded projects will be required by law to have identified the minor/female subcontractors that will be utilized to meet MBE/FBE goals.

e-mail: Office of Fair Employment Practices call: (312) 814-6290

The Capital Development Board's unit of Fair Employment Practices (FEP) oversees two programs. The MBE/FBE Participation Program and the DHR Minority/Female Workforce Program.

FEP Contractor Information Packet

CDB encourages the utilization of minority and female tradespersons. The Minority/Female Workforce Program offers equal employment opportunities in accordance with the Department of Human Rights, Subpart D, Bidding and Compliance, Section 750.

CDB also actively promotes the continuing economic development of minority- and female-owned businesses in the construction field as participants on CDB projects. The MBE/FBE Participation Program promotes opportunities for minority and female owned firms as stipulated by the "Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females and Persons with Disabilities Act," 30#ILCS#575, Public Act 88-597.

In order to partake in CDB projects as a MBE/FBE, certification must be obtained from the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. The Capital Development Board itself does not certify M/FBE firms. CMS periodically offers Business Enterprise Outreach sessions (session schedule).

CMS Certify Registration

The FEP Unit assists prime contractors in locating MBE/FBE firms to achieve participation goals. The unit also provides assistance to MBE/FBE firms in participating on CDB projects.

CMS BEP Vendors Directory

FEP Compliance Technicians are frequently available at CDB's pre-bid and pre-construction meetings to aid in the clarification of the programs and procedures. They are also periodically available at the construction sites in conjunction with the FEP programs.

CDB also offers training sessions for those firms newly prequalified or interested in learning more about CDB project procedures. A detailed session description and schedule are available.

BEP Achievements

BEP Achieve FY2012

BEP Achieve FY2013