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Small Businesses 


Small Business Set-Aside Program (SBSP)

The SBSP promotes the economic development of small Illinois businesses by setting aside millions of dollars worth of contracts exclusively for small businesses.  The SBSP allows for the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of the State of Illinois to allocate a portion of contracts so that small Illinois businesses only can compete for them.

Further legislation significantly increased the number of small Illinois firms eligible to compete for these contracts. The number of categories of goods and services set-aside for small businesses is now up 44%, providing even more opportunities.

There are currently 120  Small Business Set-Aside Categories that have been specifically set-aside for small businesses. Also, a large number of contracts under $50,000 are set-aside for Illinois small business competition.

This program is managed by the CPO at the Executive Ethics Commission (EEC).  Contact Scott McKinnery at (217) 558-3723 for more information.

How to do business with Illinois

For information on businesses owned by Minorities, Women and Persons with Disabilities, visit the Business Enterprise Program page.