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Business Enterprise Program (BEP) 


Mission Statement

The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities is authorized by State statue (Act 30 ILCS 575) and dedicated to increasing opportunities for businesses owned and operated by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.  We are unrelenting in our quest to supersede our goal of 20%, and seek to facilitate the participation of all eligible firms in the State of Illinois.

Grow your revenues:

  • State agencies and universities are encouraged to spend at least 20% of their procurement budgets with certified BEP firms
  • Many large State solicitations require participation of certified BEP firms

Build your capacity:

  • You can count on steady demand from the State

Enhance your credentials:

  • Create a track record of service that can help your company win more government and private-sector business
  • Certification is recognized by other entities

Do you qualify?

You may be certified as a diverse business under BEP if you meet the following criteria:

  • At least 51 percent owned and controlled by persons who are minority, women or designated as disabled
  • Must be a United States citizen or resident alien
  • Annual gross sales of less than $75 million


Step 1: Registering to receive procurement opportunities with the State of Illinois is easy!

Register on the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (IPB)

By registering online you will be able to receive e-mail notifications and download postings from the IPB. Go to Illinois Procurement Bulletin Registration.

  • Employees of companies can individually register on the IPB to electronically (via email) receive and download postings.
  • Employees of companies can identify area(s) of commerce for their business, by selecting specific commodity/service class code(s) to receive e-mail for any procurement activity in their designated class code(s).
  • Employees of companies can chose the type of postings to receive by indicating either Both, Solicitation Only, Notices Only or None.
  • Employees will only receive e-mail notifications under the class code(s) they designate and the types of notifications selected.


Call the Help Desk at 1-866-ILL-BUYS (1-866-455-2897) or e-mail

Step 2: Apply for certification with the Business Enterprise Program

OPTION 1A - Complete the BEP Full Certification Application [PDF, 341KB], if your firm has never apply and or up for full certification renewal.

OPTION 1B - Annual Renewal: To Continue your firm annual BEP Full Certification, complete the No Change Affidavit (NCA) Renewal Application [PDF, 102KB] (apply ONLY to current BEP Full Certified firms)

                  NOTE: First Time applicant must also complete Step 3 below:

OPTION 2 - Complete the Recognition Certification Affidavit [PDF, 246KB], ONLY if you have current Certification by one of the following entities:

Send Step 2 forms for the Business Enterprise Program (BEP)


State of Illinois
Department of Central Management Services
Business Enterprise Program
100 W. Randolph
Suite 4-100
Chicago, IL 60601-3218


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Step 3: Apply for Small and Diverse Business Programs

To apply for the Small Business Set-Aside Program (SBSP) and/or to enroll to the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) complete the following forms. You can participate in both programs if you meet each program’s requirements.



Send Step 3 forms (Small & Diverse Business Application Form & Federal Taxpayer W-9 Form and any required documentation)



State of Illinois
Department of Central Management Services
Bureau of Strategic Sourcing
401 South Spring Street
William G. Stratton Building/Room 801
Springfield, IL 62706-0002


Call the Help Desk at 1-866-ILL-BUYS (1-866-455-2897) or e-mail


Need help?

Call the Help Desk at 1-866-ILL-BUYS (1-866-455-2897).

  • Call the Business Enterprise Program at 1-312-814-4190 or 1-800-356-9206
  • Email us at