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. To Contact the Procurement section please call 217-782-7467 or email
State of Illinois Buying Plan
On behalf of nearly 20 State Agencies, Central Management Services (CMS) launched the State of Illinois' Quarterly Buying Plan. The Plan is designed to serve as a single-destination for useful information to the State's vendor community and to make vendors aware of the upcoming purchasing needs for a range of agencies. This initiative is led by the Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BoSS) team, who is committed to expanding the contract of the document so that vendors interested in providing their goods and/or services to the State are informed, prepared and ready to respond to the State's solicitations.
In addition to the quarterly forecast of upcoming opportunities, the most recent addition to the Plan features sections on doing business with the State, small and disadvantaged business programs, an overview of registration and pre-qualification requirements and how to access technical assistance.
Please click here to view .pdf for SOI Buying Plan.
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
- How to do business with the State of Illinois:
- How to register as a BEP business:
- How to register as a VBP business:
- How to register with Illinois Procurement Gateway:
- How to register in BidBuy: