Business Enterprise Program (BEP)

BEP assists businesses owned by minorities, women and people with disabilities gain access to the State of Illinois procurement process.  BEP certification with the State of Illinois can also open the door to opportunities with other public and private entities which are looking for diverse suppliers.

Program Eligibility:

  • The business is at least 51% owned and controlled by a minority, woman, or person
    with disabilities (30 ILCS 575)
  • The owner must be a citizen of the United States or legal permanent resident alien
  • Annual gross sales of less than $75 million

How can I apply?

  1. Full BEP Certification Application Process
  2. Recognition Certification Application
    BEP has agreements with the following agencies and is able to accept certifications from any of the following entities:
    • City of Chicago
    • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
    • Illinois Department of Transportation
    • METRA
    • PACE
    • Cook County
    • Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
    • Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council
    • Women’s Business Development Center

    Recognition certification is valid for 1 year

  3. FastTrack Certification Application
    BEP offers FastTrack certification for businesses currently certified by the City of Chicago or Cook County only.
    We only need the following documents submitted to

    FastTrack certification is valid for 1 year

Certification Application Checklist
Recognition Certification Checklist

Eligible businesses may be certified in one or more of the following programs: Business Enterprise Program, Veterans Business Program, and Small Business Set-Aside Program.

Business Enterprise Program Act:

How can I receive information on Illinois Procurement Opportunities?



The State of Illinois is proud to announce the implementation of a web-based eProcurement system called, BidBuy. State agencies will use BidBuy to advertise solicitation opportunities, evaluate bids, and publish contract awards. It will become the State's primary solution for sourcing and placing orders from vendors for the CPO - General Services. BidBuy will replace the current Illinois Procurement Bulletin - General Services (IPB) and link directly with the Illinois Procurement Gateway (IPG).


View bid information detailing the current construction projects for which CDB will be accepting bids in the areas of contractor and architect/engineering services. New project information is posted regularly. Register to electronically receive notifications on bid opening meetings and results as well as contract awards. Although registration is not necessary to view these posting on the website, registration is required to receive email notification as the information becomes available.


The IPB/HE is a free online resource for vendors wishing to do business with the public universities in Illinois. Participating universities post notices for upcoming bids, requests for proposal, requests for information, solicitation documents, and awards.

The Chief Procurement Office for Higher Education is pleased to welcome the Illinois Secretary of State and the Illinois Comptroller to the Public Higher Education Bulletin! Beginning January 1, 2019, you will find solicitations and awards for both the Comptroller and the Secretary of State published here. You can find them in the “Search” tab by searching for the Comptroller using “IComp” or “Comptroller” and by searching for the Secretary of State using “ISOS” or “Secretary of State”.


This is the official advertisement and solicitation for bids issued by the Illinois Department of Transportation. With oversight by the Chief Procurement Office, this bulletin is published to secure the performance of highway construction, highway construction-related and airport work, as well as construction and construction-related work solicited by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


The links on this page serve as a pathway toward working with the Illinois Tollway and the Illinois Tollway provides a training video for contractors who want to learn more about how to do business with the Tollway.

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

Need Help?

Call a BEP representative at 1-312-814-4190 or 1-800-356-9206 or email us at