Upcoming Events

Juneteenth - Advocating for Economic Freedom

Juneteenth-Advocating for Economic Freedom

June 9, 2021 - 12 p.m.

The Business Enterprise Program will host a live Lunch n' Learn presentation on what economic freedom, access and equity means to the Black community.

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Wisdom Wednesday

January 13, 2021

Learn about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program and hear from Goldman Sachs Alum Rubellah Mahdee on how the program is helping him grow his business.

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Black Women in Business

Black Women in Business

February 23, 2021

BEP Deputy Director, Arielle Johnson and BEP Council Member Denise M. Barreto hosted black women business owners that work daily to ensure equity and access in Illinois and around the country.

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Capacity Building Webinars

BidBuy and Small Business Set Aside

BidBuy and Small Business Set Aside

May 6, 2021 - 10 a.m.

Overview of how to register in BidBuy and leverage the Business Set Aside program in conjunction with your BEP certification.

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State of Illinois Buying Plan

State of Illinois Buying Plan

This session covers an overview of the buying plan, best practices for utilizing the buying plan, best practices for utilizing BidBuy and discusses the importance of NIGP Codes.

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Illinois Small Business Month Celebration

Illinois Small Business Month Celebration

May 19, 2021 - 11 a.m.

In Fiscal years 2019 and 2020 the State of Illinois awarded small businesses a total of 6,395 contracts valued at 178.6 million dollars. In this webinar learn how to access State contracts that are set-aside specifically for small businesses.

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Industry Webinars

Industry Conversation with WW Grainger

Industry Conversation with
WW Grainger

January 28, 2021 - 1 p.m.

Learn how to connect with the Grainger Supplier Diversity team. In this webinar they share insights and best-practices on how to do business with them.

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Industry Conversation with JLL

Industry Conversation with JLL

January 14, 2021 - 1 p.m.

During this session Terry McGuffage, JLL State of IL Account Lead and Nicole Mandeville, Associate Deputy Director of BEP share insights about diversity and inclusion, supplier diversity and doing business with the State of Illinois.

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Industry Conversation with Deloitte

Industry Conversation with Deloitte

January 28, 2021 - 1 p.m.

Learn about Deloitte’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, explore procurement opportunities, and learn about the requirements that businesses must meet in order to do business with Deloitte.

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Veteran-centric Videos

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Veteran Business Outreach Center Lunch N Learn

May 20, 2021 - Noon

Learn about the Certified Veteran Enterprise certification and how to access federal Veterans’ Affairs contracts.

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Veteran Business Outreach Center Lunch N Learn

Veteran Business Outreach Center Lunch N Learn

April 15, 2021 - Noon

The VBOC & CMS share information regarding certification and contracting at the Federal level.

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Veteran Business Outreach Center Lunch N Learn

Veteran Business Outreach Center Lunch N Learn

January 21, 2021 - Noon

The VBOC & CMS share information regarding how to leverage veteran certification.

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