Doing business with the State of Illinois represents a great opportunity for qualified businesses to grow revenues, build capacity and secure high-level contracts. Like other state agencies, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) purchases a variety of goods and services to run its facilities, office buildings, and day-to-day operations.
Sell 2 Illinois
The State of Illinois purchases more than $10 billion worth of products and services each year to operate social service facilities, office buildings, garages, state parks and more. Doing business with Illinois is now easier than ever! State officials can help businesses navigate the streamlined procurement process, and Illinois has special programs for small and diverse business enterprises to help them enhance their credentials and build their business capacity.
All vendors wishing to do business with any agency, board, or commission of the State of Illinois must register for an IDHR Eligibility Bidder Number through IDHR by filing an Employer Report Form (PC-1) with the IDHR Public Contracts unit prior to pursuing a state contract. The IDHR Eligibility Number demonstrates to the contracting agency proof of registration with IDHR.
In addition, Public Act 95-971 contains Board of Elections registration requirements regarding bids and proposals submitted by vendors. Below is a link to the Business Entity Registration for Procurement (BEREP).
For more information on doing business with the state, please visit the Sell 2 Illinois homepage
Veteran Business Program
We at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs are actively working to encourage more mutually beneficial partnerships between the state and veteran-owned businesses, which gives the State of Illinois a chance to give back to men and women in uniform who served our nation.
A key part of that effort is to build enrollment in the Veteran Business Program (VBP). Through VBP state agencies and universities are encouraged to spend at least 3% of their procurement budgets with certified veteran-owned businesses. That equates to over $300 million in state contracts that are specifically targeted to veteran-owned firms every year.
With so many opportunities available, we strongly encourage all veteran-owned businesses to get certified through VBP.
To apply to get certified as a veteran-owned business, visit www2.illinois.gov/cms/business/sell2/pages/veteranownedbusinesses.aspx. For detailed questions, contact a VBP representative directly at (312) 814-4190 or email BEP.CMS@illinois.gov