Helping Those who Provide Needed Services to Illinois

The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) through Central Management Services (CMS) provides procurement certification for businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities to do business with the State of Illinois. Previously the certification system involved a cumbersome paper filing process, but the BEP program has converted the process to an electronic certification portal allowing vendors to apply without submitting a paper application. Not only does this streamline the review of application and eliminating the amount of paper used, but it accelerates the review process by at least 3-5 days.