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Small business, Minority, Female, Person with Disabilities-owned business, or Veteran or Service-disabled Veteran-owned business, the State has additional programs to promote business with these companies.

 

Small Business Set-Aside Program (SBSP)​​ ​

Description​

​State agenices and universities have a goal to buy not less than 10% of state contracts from Illinois small businesses. The SBSP helps agencies and universities meet that goal through the use of "set-asides". When a procurement is designated as a small business set-aside, only certified SBSP vendors are considered for award.

Do I qualify?

​1. Illinois business

2. Annual gross sales:

  • Wholesale - $13,000,000 or less (effective 1/1/15)

  • Retail or Services - $8,000,000 or less (effective 1/1/15)

  • Construction - $14,000,000 or less (effective 1/1/15)

3. Manufacturing - 250 employees or less (remains the same for 1/1/15)​

Contact Information​

​Dave Littrell 

​Small Business Specialist

401 S. Spring Street

Stratton Office Building Room 713

Springfield, IL 62706

217-558-3723

EEC.SmallBusiness@illinois.gov

Website

https://ipg.vendorreg.com*

 *To register in the Small Business Set-Aside Program, go to the Illinois Procurement Gateway (IPG) at the above website and sign up as part of your IPG registration.
 
 

Veteran Business Progam (VBP)​​ ​

Description​​

​Through the Veterans Business Program (VBP), State agencies and universities are encouraged to spend at least 3% of their procurement budgets with vertified Veteran-owned and Services-Disabled Veteran-owned businesses.

​Do I qualify?

​Illinois businesses with annual gross sales under $75 million that are 51% owned by veterans or service-disabled veterans living in Illinois.

Contact Information​

​Central Management Services

Veteran Business Program (VBP)

100 W. Randolph, Suite 4-100

Chicago, IL 60601-3218

1-312-814-4190

1-800-356-9206

BEP.CMS@illinois.gov

​Website​

https://www.illinois.gov/cms/business/sell2/bep/Pages/default.aspx

 
 

Illinois Business Enterprise Program (BEP)​​ ​

Description​

​The Business Enterprise Program promotes the economic development of small businesses owned by Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities. State agenices and universities have a goal to buy at least 20% of goods and services from BEP-certified businesses.

​Do I qualify?​

  • ​​At least 51% owned and controlled by persons who are minority, females or designated or disabled

  • Must be a United States citizen or resident alien

  • Annual gross sales of less than $75 million

Contact Information​

​​Central Management Services

Business Enterprise Program

100 W. Randolph, Suite 4-100

Chicago, IL 60601-3218

1-312-814-4190

1-800-356-9206

BEP.CMS@illinois.gov

​Website

​​​https://www.illinois.gov/cms/business/sell2/bep/Pages/default.aspx

 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)​​ ​

Description​

It is IDOT's goal to provide assistance to DBE firms and individuals interested in doing business with the department in ways that ensure equity, access, and transparency. IDOT, in accordance with federal guidelines, strives to facilitate and implement programs that can help current and future business partners open the door to doing business with IDOT.

​Do I qualify?​

  • Per the federal regulations contained in 49 CFR Part 26, ​​Electronic Code of Federal regulations​, a DBE is a for-profit small business concern that is: 

  • ​​At least 51% owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged. In the case of a corporation, in which 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals.

  • Whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own the business.

Contact Information​

​​IL Department of Transportation

Bureau of Small Business Enterprises

Office of Business and Workforce Diversity

2300 South Dirksen Parkway

Springfield, IL 62764

(217) 782-5490

​Website

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/doing-business/certifications/disadvantaged-business-enterprise-certification/index​ 



State Use​ ​

Description​

​The Program provides long-term employment opportunities for people working in qualified not-for-profit agencies by encouraging all State of Illinois Agencies to purchase products and services produced and provided by persons with significant disabilities.

​Do I qualify?

  • ​Complies with Illinois laws governing private not-for-profit organizations;

  • Is certified as a sheltered workshop by the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor or is an accredited vocational program that provides transition services to youth between the ages of 14 1/2 and 22 in accordance with individualized education plans under Section 14-8.03 of the School Code and that provides residential services at a child care institution, as defined under Section 2.06 of the Child Care Act of 1969, or at a group home, as defined under Section 2.16 of the Child Care Act of 1969; and

  • Meets the applicable Illinois Department of Human Services just standards.

​Contact Information

​Department of Central Management Services

State Use Program

801 Stratton Office Building

Springfield, IL 62706

Phone: 217-524-4211 or 217-782-6143

​Website

http://www.illinois.gov/cms/agency/stateuse/Pages/default.aspx

 
 
 
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