DPS Alerts | February 2020

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The Buying Plan: Construction Summit Edition Now Available Online for Download
The Buying Plan: Construction Summit Edition is now available for download to help the vendor community plan ahead in anticipation of the upcoming 2020 Construction Summit.
The Buying Plan is a key transparency initiative that the City of Chicago uses to forecast the goods and services that it expects to procure in the next 6 quarters, allowing businesses and the vendor community to prepare for upcoming solicitations.
The Buying Plan continues to grow and serve the local vendor community. New in 2020 – the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) has included their purchasing plans in the 1Q 2020 Buying Plan edition.
Additionally, we have enhanced the Buying Plan by highlighting Small Business Initiative (SBI), Mid-Size Business Initiative (MBI), and Target Market opportunities for quick reference.
In addition to highlighting opportunities for the City of Chicago’s User Departments, the participating government agencies include:
  • Chicago Board of Elections
  • Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
  • Chicago Park District (CPD)
  • Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
  • City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)
  • Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA)
  • Public Building Commission (PBC)
  • State of Illinois
  • Cook County
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County
  • Illinois Tollway
2020 Construction Summit
February 19, 2020 | 10 am – 2 pm
Malcolm X College
1900 W. Jackson
Register now at www.chicago.gov/construction
  • 10 workshops
  • 75+ exhibitors
  • Hundreds of opportunities
Pick up a copy at City Hall’s Bid & Bond, Room 103 or visit www.chicago.gov/dps to download a copy.
City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806
Bid & Bond Room 103
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-744-4900
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February 4, 2020

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches workshops on 20 different topics to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
First Look: Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)
The City of Chicago’s two major airports (O’Hare and Midway) create more than $45 billion in annual economic activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. This workshop focuses on aviation-specific contracting opportunities in construction, work services, operations, and maintenance.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
How to Become Certified
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
3:15 – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Introduction to eProcurement
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

Register for the 2020 Construction Summit
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Malcolm X College
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
The City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is hosting its 8th annual Construction Summit.
This event will feature over 75 exhibitors providing information and assistance to attendees about upcoming construction opportunities with government and employment resources. Speak with subject-matter experts from government agencies, assist agencies, and support agencies to give your business the tools needed to bid on and earn government contracts. This is a great for prime contractors, sub-contractors, and construction-related business owners to network and form lasting connections for collaboration on future construction projects.
Attendees will also be able to attend curated workshops focusing on construction opportunities, how to become certified, and employment resources. These workshops provide valuable information to help our vendor community compete for and earn government contracts.
Visit www.chicago.gov/construction to register now and stay up-to-date on the latest information.

Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin: 2020 Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
City of Chicago – City Hall
121 North LaSalle Street
Council Chambers
Chicago, IL 60602
The Office of the Chicago City Treasurer is hosting its first ever Annual Town Hall meeting. Meeting highlights include:
  • Keynote Speaker: David Casper, CEO, BMO Harris NA
  • The 2019 Earnings Report
  • The 2020 List of Approved Broker Dealers
  • A 2020 Social Impact Plan
All are welcome. Please RSVP via Eventbrite or to Kasandra Negrete at kasandra.negrete@cityofchicago.org

For more information and to register, click here.

Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Informational Session
Friday, February 7, 2020
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kehrein Center for the Arts
5628 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60644
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has scheduled an informational session for small businesses and entrepreneurs interested in applying for grants from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund.
This meeting will provide detailed information on the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund application process, including project requirements. DPD staff will also offer a brief rundown of the INVEST South/West initiative.

For more information, visit www.neighborhoodopportunityfund.com

Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin: Dollars & Sense
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 am
West Side Neighborhood Banking & Lending
Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School
5101 W. Harrison St.
 
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:00 am
South Side Neighborhood Banking & Lending
Englewood STEM High School
6835 S. Normal Blvd.

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:00 am
North Side Neighborhood Banking & Lending
Albany Park Branch Library
3401 W. Foster Ave.
The Office of the Chicago City Treasurer is hosting the Dollars & Sense financial information series throughout the City of Chicago. Join the Treasurer for a candid talk with bankers & community stakeholders on neighborhood lending, community banking, economic development opportunities, and financial assistance for seniors.
For more information, please call (312) 742-1439 or email CityTreasurerEvents@cityofchicago.org.

Department of Aviation (CDA) Community Career Fair
Thursday, February 27, 2020
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Olive-Harvey College 
10001 S. Woodlawn 
Chicago, IL 60628
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will host a community career fair. This is an opportunity to meet representatives from companies looking to hire individuals to work at O’Hare and Midway International Airports in the following areas:
  • Airlines
  • Cargo
  • Concessions
  • Hospitality
  • Security and more
The CDA is committed to administering a robust community outreach and workforce development program. These career fairs are designed to ensure that hiring opportunities are afforded to residents from all corners of the city.

For more information, click here.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter          

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles. 

City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services

121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806

Chicago, IL 60602

312-744-4900 (voice)

312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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January 21, 2020

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches workshops on 20 different topics to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
Your Business is Certified: Now What?
Your business is certified, what are your next steps? This workshop will provide valuable information to newly certified firms on how to compete for City contracts as well as provide information on resources available to certified firms. Are you prepared to meet with prime contractors? Have you considered joint venturing on contracting opportunities? Are you attending pertinent networking events? Come hear advice from subject matter experts to better market your business, compete for, and earn City contracts.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
How to Become Certified
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
3:15 – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
First Look: Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)
The City of Chicago’s two major airports (O’Hare and Midway) create more than $45 billion in annual economic activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. This workshop focuses on aviation-specific contracting opportunities in construction, work services, operations, and maintenance.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

Register for the 2020 Construction Summit
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Malcolm X College
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
The City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is hosting its 8th annual Construction Summit.
This event will feature over 75 exhibitors providing information and assistance to attendees about upcoming construction opportunities with government and employment resources. Speak with subject-matter experts from government agencies, assist agencies, and support agencies to give your business the tools needed to bid on and earn government contracts. This is a great for prime contractors, sub-contractors, and construction-related business owners to network and form lasting connections for collaboration on future construction projects.
Attendees will also be able to attend curated workshops focusing on construction opportunities, how to become certified, and employment resources. These workshops provide valuable information to help our vendor community compete for and earn government contracts.
Visit www.chicago.gov/construction to register now and stay up-to-date on the latest information.

2020 US Census Count Application Information Session
    
Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Marquette Bank
6316 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60636
The Monroe Foundation is hosting the 2020 US Census County Application Information session. This is an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about the application process to become a census counter. Please download the application following the instructions contained therein, When returning your application, please put the words Census Outreach Application in the subject line of the email address.
Please be advised that the final deadline date for the application is February 3, 2020. for more information on the Cook County Census efforts please click here.

City of Chicago Office of the Mayor Cannabis Resource Fair
Saturday, February 1, 2020
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
UIC Forum
725 W Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608
As part of ongoing efforts to ensure Chicago’s communities and residents benefit from the recent launch of legalized cannabis, the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot is hosting a first-of-its-kind Cannabis Resource Fair to connect residents with employment and business opportunities, expungement and legal aid assistance, and more information on cannabis regulations and laws within the city.
This event will convene cannabis businesses, industry experts, social equity leaders, advocacy groups, government agencies and legal aid organizations from across Chicago and statewide to serve as one-stop-shop for residents interested in joining or learning more about this new and emerging industry.

For more information and to register, click here.

Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Informational Session
Friday, February 7, 2020
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kehrein Center for the Arts
5628 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60644
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has scheduled an informational session for small businesses and entrepreneurs interested in applying for grants from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund.
This meeting will provide detailed information on the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund application process, including project requirements. DPD staff will also offer a brief rundown of the INVEST South/West initiative.

For more information, visit www.neighborhoodopportunityfund.com

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter          

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806

Chicago, IL 60602

312-744-4900 (voice)

312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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New Online iSupplier (eProcurement) Customer Support Center Now Live
eProcurement is an advancement to business-to-government that applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. The portal for vendors, iSupplier, is a resource for vendors interested in doing business with the City of Chicago.
The City looks forward to making the transition to this exciting new procurement process as smooth and seamless as possible. Need additional help? The City now provides support services to aide user with troubleshooting using iSupplier. Call 312-744-HELP or email us at customersupport@cityofchicago.org and we will work to resolve your issue as quickly as possible.
The Customer Service Support Center will provide assistance in the following areas:
  • Registration and Login Assistance
  • Contact and Address Update Assistance
  • Solicitation Assistance
  • Invoicing Assistance
  • Training Dates and Training Material
A successful eProcurement program relies on the commitment of all involved parties. As with any new system, there will be a learning curve, but we are confident that this new procurement methodology presents a win-win situation for the City’s vendors and all those at the City who interact with them.
Vendors need an iSupplier account to bid and/or access contract, payment, and order information. If the company is the recipient of an awarded contract, they will be able to view status in iSupplier and payment processing will be quicker. We encourage all suppliers to become familiar with this new way of doing business and get fully engaged with iSupplier. The City has mechanisms in place to identify and authenticate suppliers upon registration and to protect bids, orders, invoices and payments; all information is safe and secure.
For more information about eProcurement, registering for iSupplier, and upcoming 2020 eProcurement workshop dates, visit www.chicago.gov/eprocurement.
City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806
Bid & Bond Room 103
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-744-4900

 

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January 13, 2020

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches workshops on 20 different topics to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
How to Navigate the DPS Website
The DPS website is the best place to find a wealth of resources relating to City procurement. Recently, the City of Chicago has refreshed the look of each department website, and some things have changed. This workshop will take you through the new look and feel of the website as well as all the resources that are available and how to find them. Learn how to: locate upcoming opportunities, bid tabulations, information about awarded contracts, how to identify primes and Chicago certified subcontractors, City auctions, upcoming outreach events and how to stay informed of all the latest news and updates.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Introduction to eProcurement
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
2:30 – 3:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
Your Business is Certified: Now What?
Your business is certified, what are your next steps? This workshop will provide valuable information to newly certified firms on how to compete for City contracts as well as provide information on resources available to certified firms. Are you prepared to meet with prime contractors? Have you considered joint venturing on contracting opportunities? Are you attending pertinent networking events? Come hear advice from subject matter experts to better market your business, compete for, and earn City contracts.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
How to Become Certified
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
3:15 – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

2020 Construction Summit Registration Now Open
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Malcolm X College
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
The City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is hosting its 8th annual Construction Summit.
This event will feature over 75 exhibitors providing information and assistance to attendees about upcoming contraction opportunities with government and employment resources. Speak with subject-matter experts from government agencies, assist agencies, and support agencies to give your business the tools needed to bid on and earn government contracts. This is a great for prime contractors, sub-contractors, and construction-related business owners to network and form lasting connections for collaboration on future construction projects.
Attendees will also be able to attend curated workshops focusing on construction opportunities, how to become certified, and employment resources. These workshops provide valuable information to help our vendor community compete for and earn government contracts.
Visit www.chicago.gov/construction to register now and stay up-to-date on the latest information.

City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) O’Hare 21 Construction Fair
    
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

UIC Forum

725 W. Roosevelt
Chicago, IL 60608
The Chicago Department of Aviation will host an industry day featuring City departments and Construction Managers at Risk.
DPS will be giving a presentation about City of Chicago certification programs for minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises.
For more information, visit www.flychicago.com/register

INVEST South/West Community Engagement Event
Saturday, January 18, 2020
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kehrein Center for the Arts
5628 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60644
This family-friendly event, organized by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), will provide community members in Humboldt Park, Austin and North Lawndale with an overview of the INVEST South/West initiative and an opportunity to give input on investment priorities.
The event program includes a presentation followed by performances from local artists and an open house with planning exercises for each community area, youth activities and food prepared by local chefs.
To register, click here.

City of Chicago Office of the Mayor Cannabis Resource Fair
Saturday, February 1, 2020
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
UIC Forum
725 W Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608
As part of ongoing efforts to ensure Chicago’s communities and residents benefit from the recent launch of legalized cannabis, the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot is hosting a first-of-its-kind Cannabis Resource Fair to connect residents with employment and business opportunities, expungement and legal aid assistance, and more information on cannabis regulations and laws within the city.
This event will convene cannabis businesses, industry experts, social equity leaders, advocacy groups, government agencies and legal aid organizations from across Chicago and statewide to serve as one-stop-shop for residents interested in joining or learning more about this new and emerging industry.

For more information and to register, click here.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter          

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

DPS ALERT Logo
January 6, 2020

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches workshops on 20 different topics to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
The ABCs of DBE and ACDBE Certification
This workshop provides an overview of the City’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. Come learn about the application process and benefits of certification as part of the Illinois Unified Certification process with the City of Chicago, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Building Chicago! Construction Contracting Overview
Construction-focused workshop that provides an overview of the bidding process and highlights programs related to construction opportunities. This includes the Small Business Initiative (SBI), Mid-size Business Initiative (MBI), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Apprentice Utilization Bid Preference, and many more. Additionally, learn about the Job Order Contract (JOC). This is another delivery method for the City of Chicago to procure construction services. JOC is a firm, fixed price, competitive bid with indefinite quantity, delivery method designed to produce a large number of multi-trade, repair and rehabilitation projects, as well as minor new construction projects quickly.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
How to Navigate the DPS Website
The DPS website is the best place to find a wealth of resources relating to City procurement. Recently, the City of Chicago has refreshed the look of each department website, and some things have changed. This workshop will take you through the new look and feel of the website as well as all the resources that are available and how to find them. Learn how to: locate upcoming opportunities, bid tabulations, information about awarded contracts, how to identify primes and Chicago certified subcontractors, City auctions, upcoming outreach events and how to stay informed of all the latest news and updates.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Introduction to eProcurement
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
2:30 – 3:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services 2nd Annual Supplier Diversity Symposium
Thursday, January 9, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chicago State University Gwendolyn Brooks Library
955001 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628
The Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services is hosting the 2nd Annual Supplier Diversity Symposium. This is an opportunity for attendees to learn about specific contracting opportunities and scopes of services in the medical field. Additionally, attendees will be able to schedule one-on-one meetings with vendors and attend workshops.
For more information and to register, click here.

Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Informational Session
    
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

UIC Forum

725 W. Roosevelt
Chicago, IL 60608
The Chicago Department of Aviation will host an industry day featuring City departments and Construction Managers at Risk.
DPS will be giving a presentation about City of Chicago certification programs for minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises.
For more information, visit www.flychicago.com/register

Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Informational Session
Saturday, January 18, 2020
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Kehrein Center

5608 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60644
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has scheduled an informational session for small businesses and entrepreneurs interested in applying for grants from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund.
This meeting will provide detailed information on the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund application process, including project requirements. DPD staff will also offer a brief rundown of the INVEST South/West initiative.
For more information, visit www.neighborhoodopportunityfund.com

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

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About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Request for Proposal (RFP): Part A: Certification, Compliance Tracking and Part B: Labor and Payroll Reporting Services
Request for Proposal (RFP) for Part A: Certification, Compliance Tracking and Part B: Labor and Payroll Reporting Services, (Spec. #1181891) has been advertised. The selected Contractors must deliver a comprehensive, web-based solution that enables the City to manage its current and future diversity programs and initiatives. The implementation will require integration with the City’s current financial system, possible migration of records from the existing system, and ongoing maintenance, support, and enhancement services.
Proposals are due December 20, 2019 at 4 p.m. 
You are strongly encouraged to attend the pre-proposal conference on November 15, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. CST at City Hall, Room #1103, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.
Please visit www.cityofchicago.org/eProcurement  to view  the RFP, register for iSupplier and see the latest updates. Registration is not required to view the RFP, but respondents must be registered in iSupplier to respond and receive notice of addenda.  Respondents are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

For more information, contact milton.leblanc@cityofchicago.org, 312-744-7971.

City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806
Bid & Bond Room 103
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-744-4900
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2019 November Workshop Schedule
DPS offers workshops on 20 different topics to educate residents and business owners about the fundamentals of procurement, certification and compliance.  We are committed to providing tools and resources to help increase and diversify the businesses that bid on, and earn, City contracts.
Visit www.chicago.gov/dpsevents to:
– Register for workshops
– View and download annual or monthly schedule
– View previous Power Point presentations
 
PROCUREMENT
 
NOV. 7
Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and
contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
NOV. 14
Workshop Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
The City of Chicago’s two major airports (O’Hare and Midway International) create more than $45 billion in annual economic activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. This workshop focuses on aviation-specific contracting opportunities in construction, work services, operations, and maintenance. Learn about the Chicago Department of Aviation and how to do business with the City of Chicago at its major airports.
NOV. 20
Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
NOV. 21
Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
The City of Chicago has created numerous initiatives to significantly increase the number of skilled residents prepared to work in growing industries. Ensuring that disadvantaged populations have access to employment opportunities in Chicago is a high priority. This workshop will cover the Project Area Resident Ordinance and local hiring requirements, apprenticeship utilization and ex-offender bid incentives. Additionally, the Department of Family and Support Services and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership will feature programs they offer.
CERTIFICATION & COMPLIANCE
NOV. 13
Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
This workshop provides an overview of the City’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. Come learn about the application process and benefits of certification as part of the Illinois Unified Certification process with the City of Chicago, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.
NOV. 20
Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE). This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified firm. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
TRANSPARENCY & OUTREACH
NOV. 6
Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
City of Chicago Assist Agencies are comprised of not-for-profit agencies and/or chambers of commerce that represent the interests of small, local, minority, women, veteran, and disadvantaged- owned businesses within the Chicago’s diverse communities. These organizations offer many resources to help business at every stage of their growth cycle as well as connect prime contractors with certified firms for subcontracting opportunities. This workshop will outline the role and responsibilities of an Assist Agency.
Please note that agencies will vary each session. Visit www.cityofchicago.org/dpsevents for the latest schedule updates.
City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806
Bid & Bond Room 103
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-744-4900
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October 28, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
Working with Assist Agencies: Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (ChicagoMSDC) & Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce
City of Chicago Assist Agencies are comprised of not-for-profit agencies and/or chambers of commerce that represent the interests of small, local, minority, women, veteran, and disadvantaged-owned businesses within the Chicago’s diverse communities. These organizations offer many resources to help business at every stage of their growth cycle as well as connect prime contractors with certified firms for subcontracting opportunities. This workshop will outline the role and responsibilities of an Assist Agency.
Please note that agencies will vary each session.
Featured Assist Agencies are the following:
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, 1103
Introduction to eProcurement
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, 1103
The ABCs of DBE and ACDBE Certification

This workshop provides an overview of the City’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. Come learn about the application process and benefits of certification as part of the Illinois Unified Certification process with the City of Chicago, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Click here to RSVP

Propelling Your Business through Aviation Opportunities
The City of Chicago’s two major airports (O’Hare and Midway International) create more than $45 billion in annual economic activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. This workshop focuses on aviation-specific contracting opportunities in construction, work services, operations, and maintenance. Learn about the Chicago Department of Aviation and how to do business with the City of Chicago at its major airports.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, 1103

Small Business Center (SBC) On the Road Expo

    

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Malcolm X College
1900 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and the Small Business Center invites small business owners and entrepreneurs to its FREE Small Business Center on the Road business expo with more than 40 exhibitors offering resources.Reasons to Attend:
  • Center for Economic Progress hosts Tax Clinic
  • Two Free Workshops for Entrepreneurs
  • City of Chicago Business Consultants at the ready to support your licensing needs and answer questions
  • Photographer to take professional headshots
  • The Law Project hosts Legal Clinic
  • Professional makeovers
  • City Treasurer hosts Networking Hour

Stop by the DPS table for more information about certification and how to do business with the City of Chicago. Click here to register.

UIC Office of Procurement Diversity 2019 Construction Summit

    

Monday, November 4, 2019
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Student Center East (SCE) – 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms
750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607
The University of Illinois Office of Procurement Diversity is hosting the 2019 Construction Summit: “Building Success Stories”. This event is an opportunity to learn how to become a successful partner with the University of Illinois System and network with other universities and governmental entities.
For more information and to register, click here.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Veteran’s Contracting Tools Workshop

    

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
SBA Illinois District Office
500 W Madison, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60661 
The Small Business Administration is hosting a Veteran’s Contracting Tools Workshop. This event will celebrate, connect, and empower service members, veteran, and military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners-past during National Veterans Small Business Week. Government contracts offer a tremendous financial opportunity for veteran-owned small businesses, but it can be difficult to start. SBA and its resource partners can help SDVOSBs and VOSBs navigate through the complexities of government contracting and learn how to best position their businesses in the federal marketplace.
Learn from the experts on how to build your contracting toolbox. Featuring representatives from:
  • The VA
  • The City of Chicago
  • The State of Illinois
  • VBOC @ WWBIC
For more information and to register, click here.

Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Vendor Fair 2019

    

Friday, November 15, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Dorin Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607

The City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is hosting the CDA Vendor Fair 2019. This event convenes local firms, airport contractors, concessionaires, City of Chicago departments and other stakeholders under one roof for information on contracting opportunities. This event provides an opportunity for local businesses to learn more about how they can obtain opportunities with Chicago’s airports.

Attend workshops to learn about: Doing business with the City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), Obtaining ACDBE/DBE/MBE/WBE/Certification, and Upcoming ORD & MDW contracting opportunities
To register for this event, please complete the 2019 Vendor Fair participant registration form by visiting: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHSWDR8

City of Chicago Treasurer Women’s Small Business Expo

    

Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Dorin Forum, Hall C
725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607
The City of Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin is hosting the Women’s Small Business Expo. This event will have feature a procurement panel discussion on how small businesses can do business with the City, county, and state agencies through the procurement process.
CPO Shannon E. Andrews will be participating on the panel to share the City of Chicago procurement process and doing business with the City.
To register, click here.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter          

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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October 21, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
How to Become Certified
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Click here to RSVP

Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Click here to RSVP

Compliance 101: Honoring Obligations to Chicago Taxpayers

This workshop will provide an overview of vendor requirements, including information about paying correct wages, the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program, and Chicago Residency and Project Area Resident contracting requirements. Learn about helpful tips on how to complete bid submittal compliance documentation and also gain insight on laws, rules and regulations governing compliance.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Click here to RSVP

Working with Assist Agencies
City of Chicago Assist Agencies are comprised of not-for-profit agencies and/or chambers of commerce that represent the interests of small, local, minority, women, veteran, and disadvantaged-owned businesses within the Chicago’s diverse communities. These organizations offer many resources to help business at every stage of their growth cycle as well as connect prime contractors with certified firms for subcontracting opportunities. This workshop will outline the role and responsibilities of an Assist Agency.
Please note that agencies will vary each session.
Please note that agencies will vary each session.
Visit www.chicago.gov/dpsevents for the latest schedule updates.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, 103

7th Annual Construction Industry Conference

    

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Studio Movie Grill Entertainment Complex 
210 W. 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60620
Contractor Advisors Business Development Inc. is hosting the 7th Annual Construction Industry Conference. This conference is designed to engage owners and key personnel within the building industry (construction, architecture, engineering) and aligned sectors, stakeholders and suppliers.
Additionally, attendees are provided information on upcoming contracting opportunities, insights and knowledge through workshops and panels, opportunities to meet with industry experts, access to industry suppliers and organizations to support business operations, and opportunities to network with other businesses to discuss forging future relationships.

For more information and to register, click here.

City of Chicago Disability Business Resource Forum

    

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Field Office
2102 W Ogden
Chicago, IL 60612
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
Meet with subject matter experts on a number of key business issues, including: licensing, certification, and resources to start and grow your business. Presenters include representatives from government and non-profit agencies.
Key staff from:
  • Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
  • Department of Procurement Services (DPS)
  • Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
  • Department of Planning
  • Cook County
  • State of Illinois Business Enterprise Program

For more information and to register, click here.

Small Business Center (SBC) On the Road Expo

    

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Malcolm X College
1900 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and the Small Business Center invites small business owners and entrepreneurs to its FREE Small Business Center on the Road business expo with more than 40 exhibitors offering resources.Reasons to Attend:
  • Center for Economic Progress hosts Tax Clinic
  • Two Free Workshops for Entrepreneurs
  • City of Chicago Business Consultants at the ready to support your licensing needs and answer questions
  • Photographer to take professional headshots
  • The Law Project hosts Legal Clinic
  • Professional makeovers
  • City Treasurer hosts Networking Hour

Stop by the DPS table for more information about certification and how to do business with the City of Chicago. Click here to register.

UIC Office of Procurement Diversity 2019 Construction Summit

    

Monday, November 4, 2019
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Student Center East (SCE) – 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms
750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607
The University of Illinois Office of Procurement Diversity is hosting the 2019 Construction Summit: “Building Success Stories”. This event is an opportunity to learn how to become a successful partner with the University of Illinois System and network with other universities and governmental entities.
For more information and to register, click here.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter          

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Register now for the 2019 Disability Business Resource Forum

Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:00 – 11:00 am
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Field Office
2102 W Ogden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
Are you an entrepreneur with a disability? Are you looking to start or grow your business? Learn how!
 
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), created to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
At the 2019 Disability Business Resource Forum, you will meet with subject matter experts on a number of key business issues, including: licensing, certification, and resources to start and grow your business. Presenters include representatives from government and non-profit agencies.
Key staff from:
  • Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
  • Department of Procurement Services (DPS)
  • Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
  • Department of Planning
  • Cook County
  • State of Illinois Business Enterprise Program
  • World Business Chicago
  • Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network
____
8:00 a.m. | Registration
8:30 a.m. | Welcome
9:00 a.m. | Presentations
10:00 a.m. | Networking
Sign language interpreters will be provided. Please call 312-744-7050 or email Natoya.Hill@cityofchicago.org for other reasonable accommodations at least one week prior to the event.
Register now at www.chicago.gov/bepd
City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806
Bid & Bond Room 103
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-744-4900
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October 15, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
How to Navigate the DPS Website
The DPS website is the best place to find a wealth of resources relating to City procurement. Recently, the City of Chicago has refreshed the look of each department website and some things have changed. This workshop will take you through the new look and feel of the website as well as all the resources that are available and how to find them. Learn how to: locate upcoming opportunities, bid tabulations, information about awarded contracts, how to identify primes and Chicago certified subcontractors, City auctions, upcoming outreach events and how to stay informed of all the latest news and updates.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, 103
Introduction to eProcurement
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

Click here to RSVP

How to Become Certified
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Click here to RSVP

Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Click here to RSVP

Compliance 101: Honoring Obligations to Chicago Taxpayers

This workshop will provide an overview of vendor requirements, including information about paying correct wages, the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program, and Chicago Residency and Project Area Resident contracting requirements. Learn about helpful tips on how to complete bid submittal compliance documentation and also gain insight on laws, rules and regulations governing compliance.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Click here to RSVP

Cook County Fall into the County – Vendor Resource & Information Expo

    

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
South Shore Cultural Center
7059 South South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60649
Come meet one-on-one with Cook County and Cook County Sister Agencies to learn more about procurement opportunities, processes and workshops.

For more information and to register, click here.

The Monroe Foundation Pre-Hiring Fair Meeting

    

Saturday, October 19, 2019
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
4655 South Martin Luther King Drive, Suite 203
Chicago, Illinois 60653
The Monroe Foundation is hosting a Pre-Hiring Fair Meeting. This workforce development initiative is an opportunity to prepare for future hiring events in the community.

For more information, contact Pauline Sylvain at (872) 240-2737 or email at pauline@pepchicago.org.

7th Annual Construction Industry Conference

    

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Studio Movie Grill Entertainment Complex 
210 W. 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60620
Contractor Advisors Business Development Inc. is hosting the 7th Annual Construction Industry Conference. This conference is designed to engage owners and key personnel within the building industry (construction, architecture, engineering) and aligned sectors, stakeholders and suppliers.
Additionally, attendees are provided information on upcoming contracting opportunities, insights and knowledge through workshops and panels, opportunities to meet with industry experts, access to industry suppliers and organizations to support business operations, and opportunities to network with other businesses to discuss forging future relationships.

For more information and to register, click here.

City of Chicago Disability Business Resource Forum

    

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Field Office
2102 W Ogden
Chicago, IL 60612
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
Meet with subject matter experts on a number of key business issues, including: licensing, certification, and resources to start and grow your business. Presenters include representatives from government and non-profit agencies.
Key staff from:
  • Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
  • Department of Procurement Services (DPS)
  • Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
  • Department of Planning
  • Cook County
  • State of Illinois Business Enterprise Program

For more information and to register, click here.

Small Business Center (SBC) On the Road Expo

    

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Malcolm X College
1900 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and the Small Business Center invites small business owners and entrepreneurs to its FREE Small Business Center on the Road business expo with more than 40 exhibitors offering resources.Reasons to Attend:
  • Center for Economic Progress hosts Tax Clinic
  • Two Free Workshops for Entrepreneurs
  • City of Chicago Business Consultants at the ready to support your licensing needs and answer questions
  • Photographer to take professional headshots
  • The Law Project hosts Legal Clinic
  • Professional makeovers
  • City Treasurer hosts Networking Hour

Stop by the DPS table for more information about certification and how to do business with the City of Chicago. Click here to register.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

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About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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2019 October Events & Outreach
The Monroe Foundation: Gaming Readiness Opportunities That Work (G.R.O.W)
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
6316 South Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60636
City of Chicago Assist Agency The Monroe Foundation is hosting the Gaining Readiness Opportunities That Work (G.R.O.W). This project encourages grow and building capacity for M/WBEs and DBEs. Learn about bidding on government contracts.
Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to sign up for free workshops and coaching sessions and apply for one of the two $500 building construction capacity building grants.

Space is limited. To register, please email omonroe@themonroefoundation.org or call (773) 315-9720

Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Persons with Disabilities Owned
 Businesses (PBE) Networking Event
 
Friday, October 4, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St
Room 2-025
Chicago, IL 60601
 
The BEP program assists businesses owned by minorities, women and people with disabilities gain access to the State of Illinois procurement process.

For more information and to register, click here.

 
 
Safety Workshop Hosted By Inner City Underwriting Agency and The Illinois Tollway
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Inner City Underwriting Agency
1631 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60616
Please join Inner City Underwriting Agency and the Illinois Tollway to learn how to develop effective safety plan for your business.
The Workshop will cover the following:
* Understand the importance of OSHA 10&30 Hour Certification
* Elements of an effective safety and health program
Technical Assistance – Powered by the Illinois Tollway is a FREE program designed to prepare emerging and established transportation-related construction firms including disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise firms, service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses and veteran-owned small businesses as well as small businesses to participate on highway and vertical construction contracts.

For more information and to register, click here.

Cook County Fall into the County – Vendor Resource & Information Expo 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
South Shore Cultural Center
7059 South South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60649
Come meet one-on-one with Cook County and Cook County Sister Agencies to learn more about procurement opportunities, processes and workshops.

For more information and to register, click here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Studio Movie Grill Entertainment Complex 
210 W. 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60620
Contractor Advisors Business Development Inc. is hosting the 7th Annual Construction Industry Conference. This conference is designed to engage owners and key personnel within the building industry (construction, architecture, engineering) and aligned sectors, stakeholders and suppliers.
Additionally, attendees are provided information on upcoming contracting opportunities, insights and knowledge through workshops and panels, opportunities to meet with industry experts, access to industry suppliers and organizations to support business operations, and opportunities to network with other businesses to discuss forging future relationships.

For more information and to register, click here.

To view all upcoming DPS events and outreach, visit www.chicago.gov/dpsevents.

City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806
Bid & Bond Room 103
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-744-4900

 

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September 23, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
How to Become Certified
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
The Online Schedule A Application – MBE/WBE/BEPD

As of January 1, 2016, DPS no longer accepts paper applications for M/W/VBE certification. This workshop will give a hands-on experience filling out the online MBE/WBE/VBE/BEPD Schedule A application. During this training you will learn where to find the online application, what documents are needed, and how to upload the documents. Be prepared to work on your application with the assistance of a subject matter expert.

NOTE: Please bring your username and password for the Certification & Compliance System (C2) and business Tax ID number with you to class.

Thursday, September 26, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
CDOT Computer Lab
30 N. LaSalle, 6th Floor
How to Complete an Online Economic Disclosure Statement (EDS)
An Economic Disclosure Statement (EDS) is required of all bidders seeking to do business with the City of Chicago. Through the EDS, applicants make disclosures required by State law and City ordinances and certify to compliance with various laws and ordinances. This hands-on workshop will go over the proper way to fill out an EDS and how to submit via the online portal application. Please note that all vendors must bring their FEIN information in order to create an online EDS account and complete the online EDS application.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
CDOT Computer Lab
30 N. LaSalle, 6th Floor

City of Chicago Budget Town Hall

    

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lindblom Math and Science Academy
6130 S Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL 60636
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot is hosting Town Hall meetings to gather public input for the 2020 Chicago Budget. The Mayor’s commitment to transparency and engaging advocates and stakeholders throughout the budget process will continue over the next several months.

To take the survey, visit www.chicago.gov/2020budget

LGBT Chamber of Commerce Supplier Diversity Summit

    

Thursday, September 26, 2019
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower,
300 E Randolph St #5000,
Chicago, IL 60601
The LGBT Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual IL LGBTBE Supplier Diversity Summit at Baker McKenzie. The City of Chicago CPO Shannon Andrews will speak on the lunch panel where attendees will learn about opportunities for LGBTBE’s in Chicago. The remainder of the day’s content will provide you with resources and training to continue the growth of your business.

For more information and to register, click here.

Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) 30th Anniversary Event

    

Thursday, September 26, 2019
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
For more information and to register, click here.

Chicago Park District Vendor Networking Event

    

Thursday, September 26, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S South Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60649
Stop by the DPS table to learn more about certification and doing business with the City of Chicago.

For more information and to register, click here.

Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Persons with Disabilities Owned Businesses (PBE) Networking Event

    

Friday, October 4, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St
Room 2-025
Chicago, IL 60601
The BEP program assists businesses owned by minorities, women and people with disabilities gain access to the State of Illinois procurement process.
For more information and to register, click here.

Cook County Fall into the County – Vendor Resource & Information Expo
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
South Shore Cultural Center
7059 South South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60649
Come meet one-on-one with Cook County and Cook County Sister Agencies to learn more about procurement opportunities, processes and workshops.
For more information and to register, click here.

7th Annual Construction Industry Conference
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Studio Movie Grill Entertainment Complex 
210 W. 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60620
Contractor Advisors Business Development Inc. is hosting the 7th Annual Construction Industry Conference. This conference is designed to engage owners and key personnel within the building industry (construction, architecture, engineering) and aligned sectors, stakeholders and suppliers.
Additionally, attendees are provided information on upcoming contracting opportunities, insights and knowledge through workshops and panels, opportunities to meet with industry experts, access to industry suppliers and organizations to support business operations, and opportunities to network with other businesses to discuss forging future relationships.

For more information and to register, click here

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

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About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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2019 September Workshop Schedule

DPS offers workshops on 20 different topics to educate residents and business owners about the fundamentals of procurement, certification and compliance.  We are committed to providing tools and resources to help increase and diversify the businesses that bid on, and earn, City contracts.
Visit www.chicago.gov/dpsevents to:
– Register for workshops

– View and download annual or monthly schedule

– View previous Power Point presentations

 
PROCUREMENT
SEPT. 11 – Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Recommended for Attorneys and Accountants:  The Professional Declaration of Eligibility is an innovative way of allowing qualified attorneys and CPAs to review, verify and attest that an applicant meets the requirements to become certified with the City of Chicago for one of the following certification programs:  Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) or Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).  This workshop will outline who qualifies to use the PDE program, and who is qualified to submit a PDE application.
SEPT. 12 – Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
SEPT. 25 – Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
SEPT. 26 – Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | 30 N. LaSalle, 6th Floor, CDOT Computer Lab
An Economic Disclosure Statement (EDS) is required of all bidders seeking to do business with the City of Chicago. Through the EDS, applicants make disclosures required by State law and City ordinances and certify to compliance with various laws and ordinances. This hands-on workshop will go over the proper way to fill out an EDS and how to submit via the online portal application.
Please note that all vendors must bring their FEIN information in order to create an online EDS account and complete the online EDS application.
CERTIFICATION & COMPLIANCE
SEPT. 18 – Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
The Certification & Compliance (C2) Network System is a web-based tool that provides up-to-date tracking of payments made to prime contractors and sub-contractors. Prime contractors are responsible for reporting payments to all sub-contractors on a monthly basis. Come learn the roles and responsibilities of both the prime and subcontractors.
SEPT. 25 – Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified firm. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
SEPT. 26 – Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | 30 N. LaSalle, 6th Floor, CDOT Computer Lab
As of January 1, 2016, DPS no longer accepts paper applications for M/W/VBE certification. This workshop will give a hands-on experience filling out the online MBE/WBE/VBE/BEPD Schedule A application. During this training you will learn where to find the online application, what documents are needed, and how to upload the documents. Be prepared to work on your application with the assistance of a subject matter expert.
NOTE: Please bring your username and password for the Certification & Compliance System (C2) and business Tax ID number with you to class.
TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
SEPT. 19 – Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Attend this workshop to learn more about this innovative program that can take your business to the next level. Learn what it takes to grow a business, how to increase your staff, create effective marketing strategies, and develop important business relationships. This class with teach you how to apply for this free, competitive application program sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806
Bid & Bond Room 103
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-744-4900
City of Chicago Dept. of Procurement Services,121 N. LaSalle St. Room 806, Chicago, IL 60602
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August 20, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
How to Become Certified
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Introduction to eProcurement
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
Your Business is Certified: Now What?
Your business is certified, what are your next steps? This workshop will provide valuable information to newly certified firms on how to compete for City contracts as well as provide information on resources available to certified firms. Are you prepared to meet with prime contractors? Have you considered joint venturing on contracting opportunities? Are you attending pertinent networking events? Come hear advice from subject matter experts to better market your business, compete for, and earn City contracts.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

St. Paul Church of God in Christ Community Development Ministries (SPCDM) 6th Annual Construction Conference & Expo

    

Thursday, August 22, 2019
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
St. Paul Community Development Ministries, Inc.
4550 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
 
St. Paul Community Development Ministries, Inc. is hosting the 6th Annual Construction Expo from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This Expo is designed to provide individuals interested in U.S. Department of Labor approved apprenticeship programs with all the necessary information and resources essential to succeeding.
This event will also provide hands-on workshop opportunities and networking to pursue a career in the construction trades and other related industries.

For more information and to register, click here.

25th Annual “Stay in School” Picnic

    

Saturday, August 24, 2019
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Union Park
1501 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60606
Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th Ward) and Chicago Neighbors United are hosting the 22nd Annual Stay in School Picnic.
The picnic serves as a neighborhood event to provide basic school supplies – free to all students in attendance, as well as, free food, games, and a variety of entertainment to welcome in the new school year.
For more information, please contact: Alicia Ivy at (312) 432-1995

2019 UIUC Diverse Business Opportunity Fair

    

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 
12:00 – 7:00 pm
I-Hotel and Conference Center
1900 South First Street
Champaign, IL
The Office of Procurement Diversity is hosting the 2019 UIUC Diverse Business Opportunity Fair. This event is designed to increase diversity among university departments and help diverse businesses gain more access to the procurement process.  The Diverse Business Opportunity Fair gives minorities, women, disabled, and veteran business owners an opportunity to access university buyers, learn about procurement opportunities, and build relationships.
For more information please contact the Office of Procurement Diversity at procurementdiversity@uillinois.edu or by phone at (312) 996-2971.

City of Chicago Public Safety Vendor Outreach Event

    

Thursday, September 19, 2019
10:00am – 11:00pm
OEMC
1411 W. Madison St.
Chicago, Illinois
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is partnering with the DPS, Chicago Police Department (CPD), and Chicago Fire Department (CFD) to host a networking event for potential vendors.
This outreach event is intended to educate vendors about the services OEMC, CPD and CFD provide, and to learn what products and services the departments will need to procure in the next 12 months to assist in those efforts. Speak with staff from DPS about how to do business with the city and how to become certified.

To register for the event, please email Rmcdonnell@cityofchicago.org. Include your name, contact information, and any additional colleagues attending the event.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS,will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter         

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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August 5, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
Contracting 101: How to Respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP)
This workshop is designed to teach business owners how to respond to a City of Chicago RFP. Using advice from seasoned professionals, you will learn specific details about what evaluators look for in a RFP and how to avoid common mistakes that can hurt your chances of a winning bid. Attend this workshop and you will learn how to navigate RFP specifications efficiently.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Business Information Session
Attend this workshop to learn more about this innovative program that can take your business to the next level. Learn what it takes to grow a business, how to increase your staff, create effective marketing strategies, and develop important business relationships. This class with teach you how to apply for this free, competitive application program sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
Thursday, August 8, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Compliance 101: Honoring Obligations to Chicago Taxpayers
This workshop will provide an overview of vendor requirements, including information about paying correct wages, the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program, and Chicago Residency and Project Area Resident contracting requirements. Learn about helpful tips on how to complete bid submittal compliance documentation and also gain insight on laws, rules and regulations governing compliance.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Propelling Your Business through Aviation Opportunities
The City of Chicago’s two major airports (O’Hare and Midway International) create more than $45 billion in annual economic activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. This workshop focuses on aviation-specific contracting opportunities in construction, work services, operations, and maintenance. Learn about the Chicago Department of Aviation and how to do business with the City of Chicago at its major airports.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

City of Chicago Consolidated Buying Plan 3Q 2019
The 3Q 2019 Consolidated Buying Plan is now available online. The Buying Plan highlights upcoming contracting opportunities for all City user departments as well as 12 additional government purchasing entities. This enhanced edition includes a “How-to Guide” for efficiently using the Buying Plan.
Entities that participate in the Consolidated Buying Plan are the following: Chicago Board of Elections, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Transit Authority, City Colleges of Chicago, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Public Building Commission, Cook County and the State of Illinois.

To download the Buying Plan, click here.

National 8(a) Association ChallengeHER Informational and Matchmaking

    

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
7:00 am – 12:00 pm
University of IL at Chicago
Student Union East – 3rd Floor
750 South Halsted
Chicago, IL 60607
 
ChallengeHER works specifically with Women-Owned Small Business to assist in leveraging federal awards, learn the federal procurement process, and to connect with the right people. This event provides education classes for emerging federal contracting, advanced education for experienced contractors, and match making with agencies and primes
For more information and to register, click here.

Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce 14th Annual Convention
Par-a-Dice Hotel & Casino
21 Blackjack Blvd.
East Peoria, IL 61611
The Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce (ILBCC) is hosting it’s 14th Annual Convention. The ILBCC helps to promote job creation and growth among African American businesses and proactively work to promote a healthier business climate and economic empowerment through entrepreneurship.
City of Chicago CPO Shannon Andrews will participate in a panel presentation on Thursday, August 8 at 3:30 pm.

For more information and to register, click here.

LGBT Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Bootcamp

    

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 pm
3179 N. Clark Street
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60657
 

The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois is hosting the Entrepreneur Bootcamp: an in depth, expert led, comprehensive program built to help you in all areas of your business. Developed by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, the content is specifically designed to give you invaluable insights. You will come away from this interactive workshop with actionable tools to grow and build your business.

Topics include:

  • Turning obstacles into assets
  • Understanding your business structure, your capacity, and constraints
  • Developing you elevator speech
  • Creating a social media plan
  • Certifications
  • How to avoid common mistakes
  • The qualities of good bosses and good work environments

For more information and to register, click here.

Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Community Career Fair

    

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kennedy-King College
740 W. 63rd Street, Building U
Chicago, IL 60621
 
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will host a community career fair. This is an opportunity to meet representatives from companies looking to hire individuals to work at O’Hare and Midway International Airports in the following areas:
  • Airlines
  • Cargo
  • Concessions
  • Hospitality
  • Security and more
The CDA is committed to administering a robust community outreach and workforce development program. These career fairs are designed to ensure that hiring opportunities are afforded to residents from all corners of the city.

For more information, click here.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter         

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

City of Chicago
Department of Procurement Services
August 2019 Workshop Schedule
DPS offers 19 free workshops presented quarterly to educate citizens and business owners about the fundamentals of procurement and the latest developments in procurement and certification.
For more information and to register for workshops go to www.chicago.gov/dpsevents

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

This workshop is designed to teach business owners how to respond to a City of Chicago RFP. Using advice from seasoned professionals, you will learn specific details about what evaluators look for in a RFP and how to avoid common mistakes that can hurt your chances of a winning bid. Attend this workshop and you will learn how to navigate RFP specifications efficiently.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Attend this workshop to learn more about this innovative program that can take your business to the next level. Learn what it takes to grow a business, how to increase your staff, create effective marketing strategies, and develop important business relationships. This class with teach you how to apply for this free, competitive application program sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

This workshop will provide an overview of vendor requirements, including information about paying correct wages, the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program, and Chicago Residency and Project Area Resident contracting requirements. Learn about helpful tips on how to complete bid submittal compliance documentation and also gain insight on laws, rules and regulations governing compliance.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

The City of Chicago’s two major airports (O’Hare and Midway International) create more than $45 billion in annual economic activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. This workshop focuses on aviation-specific contracting opportunities in construction, work services, operations, and maintenance. Learn about the Chicago Department of Aviation and how to do business with the City of Chicago at its major airports.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.

For more information and to register for workshops go towww.chicago.gov/dpsevents

 

 

July 22, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
How to Become Certified
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
We are Family! Doing Business with Sister Agencies: Public Building Commission (PBC) and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
Interested in doing business beyond the City of Chicago but not sure where to start? This workshop welcomes guest presentations that outlines the roles and responsibilities of how to do business with the City of Chicago’s six sister agencies: Chicago Public Schools (CPS), City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Public Building Commission (PBC), Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), Chicago Park District (CPD) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Please note that government agencies change for each session.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
DPS Incentives & Programs: Getting The Most From Your Bids
DPS has made it a priority to ensure that all interested businesses have the opportunity, information, and resources to compete for City contracts. This workshop will feature incentives and programs created to increase the diversity of the businesses that bid on and earn City Contracts. Come learn about comprehensive information on ways to grow your business, increase capacity, foster mutually beneficial business relationships, and be more competitive on City contracts. Learn about the Small Business Initiative, BEPD Incentive, M/WBE Mentorship Program, Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (VBE), and many more.
Thursday, August 1, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

City of Chicago Consolidated Buying Plan 3Q 2019
The 3Q 2019 Consolidated Buying Plan is now available online. The Buying Plan highlights upcoming contracting opportunities for all City user departments as well as 12 additional government purchasing entities. This enhanced edition includes a “How-to Guide” for efficiently using the Buying Plan.
Entities that participate in the Consolidated Buying Plan are the following: Chicago Board of Elections, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Transit Authority, City Colleges of Chicago, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Public Building Commission, Cook County and the State of Illinois.

To download the Buying Plan, click here.

Chicago Women in Trades – She Can Build It Summit: The Role of Industry Stakeholders in Women’s Equity and Inclusion in Construction

    

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program
2141 S. Union, entrance on Cermak
Chicago, IL 60616

The Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) is hosting the

She Can Build It Summit. This Summit will provide construction industry partners – contractors, developers, owners, union and apprenticeship programs – with a unique opportunity to learn about best practices for hiring and retaining tradeswomen. Hear from industry leaders and tradeswomen on:
  • Creating Respectful and Safe Worplaces
  • Best Practices for Project Based Equity and Inclusion Initiatives from NYC and Boston
  • Tradeswomen’s Challenges: Supports that Help Women build Successful Careers in the Industry
For more information and to register, click here.

Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) Business Resource Fair

    

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Apostolic Faith Church
3823 South Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
Are you a new business owner? Are you looking for financing opportunities to meet your present business needs? Are you interested in knowing the requirements to be considered for a grant? Are you looking for resources to prepare you for future growth? If so, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, along with the Small Business Development Center, Cook County and City of Chicago agencies invite you to join us at the ADME Business Workshop.
Subject-matter experts will address the needs of business owners, those looking to do business with the State of Illinois, Cook County and the City of Chicago. Information will also be provided on the Advantage Illinois Participation Loan Program and FAME (Fund for the Advancement of Minority Enterprises).
This is a free event but registration is required. (Sign-in & Networking 9:30am-10:00am)
Refreshments will be provided.
For more information and to register, click here.

National 8(a) Association ChallengeHER Informational and Matchmaking

    

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
7:00 am – 12:00 pm
University of IL at Chicago
Student Union East – 3rd Floor
750 South Halsted
Chicago, IL 60607
 
ChallengeHER works specifically with Women-Owned Small Business to assist in leveraging federal awards, learn the federal procurement process, and to connect with the right people. This event provides education classes for emerging federal contracting, advanced education for experienced contractors, and match making with agencies and primes
For more information and to register, click here.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter         

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

DPS ALERT Logo
July 15, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
The ABCs of DBE and ACDBE Certification
This workshop provides an overview of the City’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. Come learn about the application process and benefits of certification as part of the Illinois Unified Certification process with the City of Chicago, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Introduction to eProcurement
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
Thurssday, July 18, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
How to Become Certified
DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

National Organization of Minority Engineers (NOME) Leadership Summit 2019
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
The National Organization for Minority Engineers (NOME) is hosting the 2019 Leadership Summit. This event provides the opportunity for attendees to learn about updates in the engineering industry. During this one-day conference, attendees will hear from and network agency leaders, government officials, and small, minority and women-owned businesses.
Additionally, CPO Shannon E. Andrews will be speaking on a panel discussion about doing business with the City of Chicago.
For more information, visit www.nomeonline.org

US Minority Contractors Association
Evening with Engineers

    

Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:00 pm
Evening with Engineers
The Belvedere Banquet Hall
1170 W. Devon Ave
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
For more information and to register, click here.

Black Contractors Owners and Executives (BCOE) 1st Annual Summer Social

    

Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Essex on the Park
808 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
City of Chicago Assist Agency Black Contractors Owners and Executives (BCOE) is hosting the 1st Annual Summer Social. This event provides attendees an opportunity to network with BCOE memebers and other small, minority, and women-owned businesses.
For more information and to register, visit www.bcoechicago.org

LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois Third Thursday’s with the YWCA’s Small Business Development Center

    

Thursday, July 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
LGBT Chamber of Commerce of IL
3179 N. Clark Street
2nd Floor

The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of IL is partnering with the YWCA’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to host theThird Thursday’s with the YWCA’s Small Business Development Center.

This event will offer 30 minute sessions to discuss the challenges limiting your business. Attendees will receive advising and mentorship on a wide range of topics including:

  • Guided Business Growth
  • Tax Planning
  • Legal Clinics
  • Government Contracting
  • MBE/WBE/DBE Certification
  • Access to Capital
  • Financial Analysis & Planning

Email Jerome’ Holston with your desired timeslot at jholston@lgbtcc.com. Slots will be give out on a first-come first-serve basis.

Chicago Women in Trades – She Can Build It Summit: The Role of Industry Stakeholders in Women’s Equity and Inclusion in Construction

    

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program
2141 S. Union, entrance on Cermak
Chicago, IL 60616

The Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) is hosting the

She Can Build It Summit. This Summit will provide construction industry partners – contractors, developers, owners, union and apprenticeship programs – with a unique opportunity to learn about best practices for hiring and retaining tradeswomen. Hear from industry leaders and tradeswomen on:
  • Creating Respectful and Safe Worplaces
  • Best Practices for Project Based Equity and Inclusion Initiatives from NYC and Boston
  • Tradeswomen’s Challenges: Supports that Help Women build Successful Careers in the Industry
For more information and to register, click here.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter         

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

DPS ALERT Logo
July 8, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
Tracking Contract Payments: What You Need to Know
The Certification & Compliance (C2) Network System is a web-based tool that provides up-to-date tracking of payments made to prime contractors and sub-contractors. Prime contractors are responsible for reporting payments to all sub-contractors on a monthly basis. Come learn the roles and responsibilities of both the prime and subcontractors.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
*NEW* First Look: Chicago Department of Transportation

This workshop is geared toward those looking to learn about construction-related opportunities with the City of Chicago. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will provide a “First Look” at contracting opportunities related to road construction projects throughout the City of Chicago, including projects associated with the new Obama Presidential Center and other projects.

CDOT officials will be on hand to provide an overview of the work that is needed, including paving, site grading, landscaping, water main installation, as well as lighting and other electrical work.
Thurssday, July 11, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
The ABCs of DBE and ACDBE Certification
This workshop provides an overview of the City’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. Come learn about the application process and benefits of certification as part of the Illinois Unified Certification process with the City of Chicago, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Introduction to eProcurement
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
Thurssday, July 18, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

A Safe Haven 5K Run to End Homelessness

    

Saturday, July 13, 2019
8:30 am
Montrose Harbor
601 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
A Safe Haven Foundation is hosting the 9th Annual 5K RUN! To End Homelessness. After 25 years, A Safe Haven Foundation has helped over 100,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and addiction. All proceeds from the event will exclusively go to help the homeless individuals, youths, single mothers, families and Veterans transform their lives and achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
For more information and to register, click here.

Smart Growth Strategies for Diverse Suppliers
     
Monday, July 15, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
230 S. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
This year’s Business Smart Week in Chicago focuses on “smart growth strategies for diverse suppliers” that include understanding the business case for corporate supplier diversity, defining your value proposition, managing the contract after the award, technology enablement strategies, partnering and teaming growth strategy testimonials.
For more information, click on this link.

National Organization of Minority Engineers (NOME) Leadership Summit 2019
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
The National Organization for Minority Engineers (NOME) is hosting the 2019 Leadership Summit. This event provides the opportunity for attendees to learn about updates in the engineering industry. During this one-day conference, attendees will hear from and network agency leaders, government officials, and small, minority and women-owned businesses.
Additionally, CPO Shannon E. Andrews will be speaking on a panel discussion about doing business with the City of Chicago.
For more information, visit www.nomeonline.org

US Minority Contractors Association
Evening with Engineers

    

Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:00 pm
Evening with Engineers
The Belvedere Banquet Hall
1170 W. Devon Ave
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
For more information and to register, click here.

Chicago Women in Trades – She Can Build It Summit: The Role of Industry Stakeholders in Women’s Equity and Inclusion in Construction

    

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program
2141 S. Union, entrance on Cermak
Chicago, IL 60616

The Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) is hosting the

She Can Build It Summit. This Summit will provide construction industry partners – contractors, developers, owners, union and apprenticeship programs – with a unique opportunity to learn about best practices for hiring and retaining tradeswomen. Hear from industry leaders and tradeswomen on:
  • Creating Respectful and Safe Worplaces
  • Best Practices for Project Based Equity and Inclusion Initiatives from NYC and Boston
  • Tradeswomen’s Challenges: Supports that Help Women build Successful Careers in the Industry
For more information and to register, click here.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter         

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DPS ALERT Logo
July 1, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
Tracking Contract Payments: What You Need to Know
The Certification & Compliance (C2) Network System is a web-based tool that provides up-to-date tracking of payments made to prime contractors and sub-contractors. Prime contractors are responsible for reporting payments to all sub-contractors on a monthly basis. Come learn the roles and responsibilities of both the prime and subcontractors.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
*NEW* First Look: Chicago Department of Transportation

This workshop is geared toward those looking to learn about construction-related opportunities with the City of Chicago. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will provide a “First Look” at contracting opportunities related to road construction projects throughout the City of Chicago, including projects associated with the new Obama Presidential Center and other projects.

CDOT officials will be on hand to provide an overview of the work that is needed, including paving, site grading, landscaping, water main installation, as well as lighting and other electrical work.
Thurssday, July 11, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103
The ABCs of DBE and ACDBE Certification
This workshop provides an overview of the City’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. Come learn about the application process and benefits of certification as part of the Illinois Unified Certification process with the City of Chicago, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Introduction to eProcurement
This workshop provides an overview of the City’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. Come learn about the application process and benefits of certification as part of the Illinois Unified Certification process with the City of Chicago, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.
Thurssday, July 18, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

City of Chicago Mid-Size Business Initiative (MBI-II) Bid Opportunity: Michigan Avenue Streetscape
     
Project: (MBI-II) Michigan Avenue Streetscape 24th Place to Cermak Road (eProcurement)
 
Specification Number: 697299A
 
The City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) advertised a Mid-Sized Business Initiative (MBI-II) solicitation for Michigan Avenue Streetscape 24th Place to Cermak Road. This includes but is not limited to sidewalk, driveway, curb & gutter removal and replacement, fabrication and installation of light pole banners, installation of trees and tree grates, installation of new street lights and electrical service. For detailed information about this solicitation, please visit www.chicago.gov/eprocurement and click Current Bids and Solicitations.
Mid-Sized Business Initiative (MBI) was created to increase the number of opportunities available to small and mid-sized local businesses. Like the SBI Program, the MBI Program has two tiers. MBI-1 projects are those with an estimated value of between $10 and $20 million. Bidding is limited to firms that are no greater than two times the SBA size standards. MBI-2 projects are $3-10 million in size and bidding is limited to contractors that are no greater than one and a half times the SBA size standards.
For more information about the MBI Program and other programs, click here.

A Safe Haven 5K Run to End Homelessness

    

Saturday, July 13, 2019
8:30 am
Montrose Harbor
601 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
A Safe Haven Foundation is hosting the 9th Annual 5K RUN! To End Homelessness. After 25 years, A Safe Haven Foundation has helped over 100,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and addiction. All proceeds from the event will exclusively go to help the homeless individuals, youths, single mothers, families and Veterans transform their lives and achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
For more information and to register, click here.

National Organization of Minority Engineers (NOME) Leadership Summit 2019
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
The National Organization for Minority Engineers (NOME) is hosting the 2019 Leadership Summit. This event provides the opportunity for attendees to learn about updates in the engineering industry. During this one-day conference, attendees will hear from and network agency leaders, government officials, and small, minority and women-owned businesses.
Additionally, CPO Shannon E. Andrews will be speaking on a panel discussion about doing business with the City of Chicago.
For more information, visit nomeonline.org

Chicago Women in Trades – She Can Build It Summit: The Role of Industry Stakeholders in Women’s Equity and Inclusion in Construction

    

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program
2141 S. Union, entrance on Cermak
Chicago, IL 60616

The Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) is hosting the

She Can Build It Summit. This Summit will provide construction industry partners – contractors, developers, owners, union and apprenticeship programs – with a unique opportunity to learn about best practices for hiring and retaining tradeswomen. Hear from industry leaders and tradeswomen on:
  • Creating Respectful and Safe Worplaces
  • Best Practices for Project Based Equity and Inclusion Initiatives from NYC and Boston
  • Tradeswomen’s Challenges: Supports that Help Women build Successful Careers in the Industry
For more information and to register, click here.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

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YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

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About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DPS ALERT Logo
June 3, 2019

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
Working with Assist Agencies: US Minority Contractors Association, INC. (USMCA)
City of Chicago Assist Agencies are comprised of not-for-profit agencies and/or chambers of commerce that represent the interests of small, local, minority, women, veteran, and disadvantaged-owned businesses within the Chicago’s diverse communities. These organizations offer many resources to help business at every stage of their growth cycle as well as connect prime contractors with certified firms for subcontracting opportunities. This workshop will outline the role and responsibilities of an Assist Agency.
Please note that agencies will vary each session.
Visit www.cityofchicago.org/dpsevents for the latest schedule updates.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle Street, 11th Floor, Room 1103
Compliance 101: Honoring Obligations to Chicago Taxpayers
This workshop will provide an overview of vendor requirements, including information about paying correct wages, the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program, and Chicago Residency and Project Area Resident contracting requirements. Learn about helpful tips on how to complete bid submittal compliance documentation and also gain insight on laws, rules and regulations governing compliance.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle Street, Bid & Bond, Room 103
How to Navigate the DPS Website
The DPS website is the best place to find a wealth of resources relating to City procurement. Recently, the City of Chicago has refreshed the look of each department website, and some things have changed. This workshop will take you through the new look and feel of the website as well as all the resources that are available and how to find them. Learn how to: locate upcoming opportunities, bid tabulations, information about awarded contracts, how to identify primes and Chicago certified subcontractors, City auctions, upcoming outreach events and how to stay informed of all the latest news and updates.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle Street, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Business Information Session
Attend this workshop to learn more about this innovative program that can take your business to the next level. Learn what it takes to grow a business, how to increase your staff, create effective marketing strategies, and develop important business relationships. This class with teach you how to apply for this free, competitive application program sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle Street, Bid & Bond, Room 103

2019 Vendor Fair – Feedback Wanted
On behalf of the The Government Procurement Compliance (GPC) Forum and the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS), thank you to all who attended the 2019 Vendor Fair!
Our goal with the Vendor Fair is to build on our foundation of transparency and resource development to ensure our active small, local, minority-owned, women-owned, veterans, and businesses owned and operated by people with disabilities have direct access to government agencies with upcoming contracting opportunities.
The 9th annual Vendor Fair included nearly 130 exhibitors, sharing information about upcoming contracting opportunities, training and business development programs to over 1000 attendees.
The exhibitors included City of Chicago user departments, Sister Agencies, County, State and Federal government agencies, non-profit assist agencies, veteran organizations, employment and labor organizations, and financial institutions with resources for small business.
Visit www.chicago.gov/vendorfair for a full list of exhibitors and:
We want your feedback! Please click here to take a brief survey about your experience at the Vendor Fair.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and helps us to create programs that benefit Chicago’s diverse business community.

LGBT Chamber of Commerce Chicago Pride Business Expo
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Mid-America Club
200 E Randolph
Chicago, IL
The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois is partnering with the Mid-America Club for the Chicago Pride Business Expo. The Expo will showcase up to 20 businesses and their products and services, allowing attendees the opportunity to both learn about local businesses and to network.
For more information and to register, click here.

Women STEM Entrepreneurs Breakfast Forum
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
JW Marriott Chicago
151 West Adams Street
Madison Room
Chicago, IL 60603
CKL Engineers, LLC is hosting the 2nd Annual Breakfast Forum, featuring successful women STEM entrepreneurs discussing their company growth and evolving industry challenges.

Click here for more information and to register, click here.

The Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) 2019 WomenRock13
 
Thursday, June 6, 2019
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Carnivale Restaurant, 702 West Fulton
Chicago, Illinois
The Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) is hosting the 2019 WomenRock 13. Join FWC for a night of food, fun, networking and celebration as they honor the best and brightest in the construction industry. This is great opportunity to network with hundreds of construction and industry-related professionals.

For more information and to register, click here.

The Monroe Foundation Gaining Readiness Opportunities That Work (G.R.O.W)
 
Saturday, June 8, 2019
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
3600 West Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624
City of Chicago Assist Agency The Monroe Foundation is hosting the Gaining Readiness Opportunities That Work (G.R.O.W). This project encourages grow and building capacity for M/WBEs and DBEs. Learn about bidding on government contracts.
Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to sign up for free workshops and coaching sessions and apply for one of the two $500 building construction capacity building grants.

Space is limited. To register, please email omonroe@themonroefoundation.org or call (773) 315-9720

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
 
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS,will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
 
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.

Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

   

  Like us on Facebook           Follow us on Twitter         

 

About City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services:   We are the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago.
We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating, and enforcing superior business practices.Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806Chicago, IL 60602312-744-4900 (voice)312-744-2429 (TTY)

312-744-0010 (Fax)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
City of Chicago Dept. of Procurement Services,121 N. LaSalle St. Room 806, Chicago, IL 60602
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City of Chicago
Department of Procurement Services
June 2019 Workshop Schedule
DPS offers 19 free workshops presented quarterly to educate citizens and business owners about the fundamentals of procurement and the latest developments in procurement and certification.
For more information and to register for workshops go to www.chicago.gov/dpsevents
Working with Assist Agencies : US Minority Contractors Association, INC. (USMCA)
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

City of Chicago Assist Agencies are comprised of not-for-profit agencies and/or chambers of commerce that represent the interests of small, local, minority, women, veteran, and disadvantaged-owned businesses within the Chicago’s diverse communities. These organizations offer many resources to help business at every stage of their growth cycle as well as connect prime contractors with certified firms for subcontracting opportunities. This workshop will outline the role and responsibilities of an Assist Agency.
Please note that agencies will vary each session.

Visit www.chicago.gov/dpsevents for the latest schedule updates.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

This workshop will provide an overview of vendor requirements, including information about paying correct wages, the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program, and Chicago Residency and Project Area Resident contracting requirements. Learn about helpful tips on how to complete bid submittal compliance documentation and also gain insight on laws, rules and regulations governing compliance.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

The DPS website is the best place to find a wealth of resources relating to City procurement. Recently, the City of Chicago has refreshed the look of each department website, and some things have changed. This workshop will take you through the new look and feel of the website as well as all the resources that are available and how to find them. Learn how to: locate upcoming opportunities, bid tabulations, information about awarded contracts, how to identify primes and Chicago certified subcontractors, City auctions, upcoming outreach events and how to stay informed of all the latest news and updates.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Attend this workshop to learn more about this innovative program that can take your business to the next level. Learn what it takes to grow a business, how to increase your staff, create effective marketing strategies, and develop important business relationships. This class with teach you how to apply for this free, competitive application program sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

Attend this workshop to learn more about this innovative program that can take your business to the next level. Learn what it takes to grow a business, how to increase your staff, create effective marketing strategies, and develop important business relationships. This class with teach you how to apply for this free, competitive application program sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

The City of Chicago has created numerous initiatives to significantly increase the number of skilled residents prepared to work in growing industries. Ensuring that disadvantaged populations have access to employment opportunities in Chicago is a high priority. This workshop will cover the Project Area Resident Ordinance and local hiring requirements, apprenticeship utilization and ex-offender bid incentives. Additionally, the Department of Family and Support Services and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership will feature programs they offer.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
CDOT Computer Lab, 30 N. LaSalle, 6th Floor

As of January 1, 2016, DPS no longer accepts paper applications for M/W/VBE certification. This workshop will give a hands-on experience filling out the online MBE/WBE/VBE/BEPD Schedule A application. During this training you will learn where to find the online application, what documents are needed, and how to upload the documents. Be prepared to work on your application with the assistance of a subject matter expert.

NOTE: Please bring your username and password for the Certification & Compliance System (C2) and business Tax ID number with you to class.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
CDOT Computer Lab, 30 N. LaSalle, 6th Floor

An Economic Disclosure Statement (EDS) is required of all bidders seeking to do business with the City of Chicago. Through the EDS, applicants make disclosures required by State law and City ordinances and certify to compliance with various laws and ordinances. This hands-on workshop will go over the proper way to fill out an EDS and how to submit via the online portal application. Please note that all vendors must bring their FEIN information in order to create an online EDS account and complete the online EDS application.

For more information and to register for workshops go towww.chicago.gov/dpsevents
On behalf of the The Government Procurement Compliance (GPC) Forum and the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS), thank you to all who attended the 2019 Vendor Fair!
Our goal with the Vendor Fair is to build on our foundation of transparency and resource development to ensure our active small, local, minority-owned, women-owned, veterans, and businesses owned and operated by people with disabilities have direct access to government agencies with upcoming contracting opportunities.
The 9th annual Vendor Fair included nearly 130 exhibitors, sharing information about upcoming contracting opportunities, training and business development programs to over 1000 attendees.
The exhibitors included City of Chicago user departments, Sister Agencies, County, State and Federal government agencies, non-profit assist agencies, veteran organizations, employment and labor organizations, and financial institutions with resources for small business.
Visit www.chicago.gov/vendorfair for a full list of exhibitors and:
We want your feedback! Please Click here to take a brief survey about your experience at the Vendor Fair.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and helps us to create programs that benefit Chicago’s diverse business community.

Chicago DPS

YouTube Channel

  

DPS has created a YouTube Channel and live-streaming capability.

 

The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS, will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings and workshops on procurement and certification related issues.

 

City of Chicago Dept. of Procurement Services,121 N. LaSalle St. Room 806, Chicago, IL 60602
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DPS ALERT Logo
May 20, 2019
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DPS teaches 19 free workshops to educate interested citizens and business owners about the latest developments in procurement and certification.
Click here to view all workshops.
 Introduction to eProcurement
DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle Street, 11th Floor, Room 1103
Propelling Your Business through Aviation Opportunities
The Certification & Compliance (C2) Network System is a web-based tool that provides up-to-date tracking of payments made to prime contractors and sub-contractors. Prime contractors are responsible for reporting payments to all sub-contractors on a monthly basis. Come learn the roles and responsibilities of both the prime and subcontractors.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
121 N. LaSalle Street, 11th Floor, Room 1103
Working with Assist Agencies
City of Chicago Assist Agencies are comprised of not-for-profit agencies and/or chambers of commerce that represent the interests of small, local, minority, women, veteran, and disadvantaged-owned businesses within the Chicago’s diverse communities. These organizations offer many resources to help business at every stage of their growth cycle as well as connect prime contractors with certified firms for subcontracting opportunities. This workshop will outline the role and responsibilities of an Assist Agency.
Please note that agencies will vary each session.
Visit www.cityofchicago.org/dpsevents for the latest schedule updates.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
121 N. LaSalle Street, 11th Floor, Room 1103
Compliance 101: Honoring Obligations to Chicago Taxpayers
This workshop will provide an overview of vendor requirements, including information about paying correct wages, the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program, and Chicago Residency and Project Area Resident contracting requirements. Learn about helpful tips on how to complete bid submittal compliance documentation and also gain insight on laws, rules and regulations governing compliance.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
121 N. LaSalle Street, Bid & Bond, Room 103
Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Concessions Job Fair
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
ORD Terminal 2 Baggage Claim Area, lower level
10000 West O’Hare Avenue
The Chicago Department of Aviation is hosting the Concessions Career Fair. This is your opportunity to speak directly to hiring managers of the stores and restaurants at Chicago O’Hare International Airport! Concessionaires are looking to fill front-line associate positions, cooks, wait staff, service providers, massage therapists, nail technicians, managers and other support positions for the airport shops.
For more information, visit www.flychicago.com
Polish American Business Expo
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Copernicus Center Annex
5214 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630

Visit the DPS Table at the Polish American Business Expo hosted by the Polish American Chamber of Commerce. This event will be an excellent opportunity attendees to:

  • Promote your newest products and services
  • Generate sales leads, obtain referrals and advice
  • Learn about trends and strategies from operations and marketing experts, and
  • Meet with representatives of local and Polish government trade and economic development agencies
For more information and to register, click here.
The Monroe Foundation Gaining Readiness Opportunities That Work (G.R.O.W)
Saturday, June 1, 2019
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
3600 West Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624
City of Chicago Assist Agency The Monroe Foundation is hosting the Gaining Readiness Opportunities That Work (G.R.O.W). This project encourages grow and building capacity for M/WBEs and DBEs.

Space is limited. To register, please email omonroe@themonroefoundation.org or call (773) 315-9720

Women STEM Entrepreneurs Breakfast Forum
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
JW Marriott Chicago
151 West Adams Street
Madison Room
Chicago, IL 60603
CKL Engineers, LLC is hosting the 2nd Annual Breakfast Forum, featuring successful women STEM entrepreneurs discussing their company growth and evolving industry challenges.

Click here for more information and to register, click here.

WEEKLY BID OPPORTUNITY LIST
What We Offer

Over $100,000 bid opportunities

Bid opportunities for goods and services are primarily awarded by a competitive bid process. Contracts are awarded to the lowest, most responsible & most responsive bidder.  The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.
BID OPENINGS NOW ON YouTube
The DPS YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/ChicagoDPS,will broadcast all City of Chicago bid openings.  You can find the date and time of the bid openings on the weekly

Bid Opportunity List by clicking here.

Look for upcoming pre-bid meetings.
Pre-bid meetings are a good opportunity to meet the contractors who are going to bid on projects, especially if you are bidding as a subcontractor.  Also, as a contractor you get to hear all the details of the project and you have an opportunity to ask questions specifically relating to your business.
Follow Chicago DPS on
YouTube,
Facebook & Twitter

  Like us on Facebook