Small Business Set-Aside Program (SBSP)

Every year the State of Illinois sets aside millions of dollars for contracts exclusively with small businesses. In 2011, Illinois awarded nearly $57 million to small firms through SBSP. There are currently 65 Small Business Set-Aside Categories that have been specifically set-aside for small businesses. Also, a large number of contracts under $50,000 are set-aside for Illinois small business competition. Eligible businesses must meet one of the following criteria:
  • Your wholesale business annual sales and receipts were $10 million or less.
  • Your retail business annual sales and receipts were $6 million or less.
  • Your construction business annual sales and receipts were $10 million or less.
  • Your manufacturing company employs 250 people or less.

For more information on registering as a certified vendor or for access to frequently asked questions, visit SBSP’s homepage.