City of Chicago

Chicago’s Minority and Women-owned Business (M/WBE) Procurement Program demonstrates the City’s continued commitment to the success of minority- and women-owned businesses. By promoting contracting opportunities to M/WBEs, the City’s growth and economic stability is enhanced. Minority – and women-owned businesses wanting to take advantage of the opportunities afforded to them under the M/WBE program must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by a minority or woman and be City-certified. City of Chicago certification is also accepted by other government agencies and some private agencies.

Illinois Cook County

The mission of the Office of Contract Compliance is to certify Minority, Women and Veteran Owned Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE/VBEs), to ensure that all County purchases comply with the Cook County Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Ordinance, to educate County User departments and vendors on the importance and the process of complying with the Ordinance, to develop MBE/WBE and VBEs capable of performing as primes, and to work together as a team to monitor the success of the process.

Illinois Department of Central Management Systems

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services is the admin office for the state of Illinois. It operates as a one-stop-shop, managing the state’s information technology network, telecommunications network, facilities management , internal audits, legal services, risk management programs, human resources services, workers’ compensation program, media relations, employee benefit plan administration, and procurement. It also manages the state’s 12,000-count vehicle fleet. The department has an annual budget of more than $1 billion.

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is a federally mandated program intended to ensure nondiscriminatory contracting opportunities for small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) highway, mass transit and airport financial assistance programs.

The statutory provision governing the DBE program in the highway and mass transit financial assistance programs is 1101(b) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-59, August 10, 2005. The statutory provision governing the DBE program as it relates to the airport financial assistance programs is 49 U.S.C. 47113.

The DBE program administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses an opportunity to participate in highway, mass transit and airport contracts that are federal and state funded. The presumptive groups that are eligible for the DBE program are:

• Black Americans
• Hispanic Americans
• Native Americans
• Asian-Pacific Americans
• Subcontinent Asian Americans
• Women
• Any additional groups whose members are designated as socially and economically disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration (SBA), at such time as the SBA designation becomes effective.

Also considered eligible is any individual who IDOT finds to be socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America is the largest building trades union in the United States. One of the unions that formed the American Federation of Labor in 1886, it left the AFL-CIO in 2001.

The union was created in 1881 by a convention of carpenters’ unions led by Peter J. McGuire, who served as the General Secretary of the new union for its first twenty years and its only paid officer for much of its first decade. The Brotherhood was only one of several carpenters’ unions at the time: the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, a British union, not only had a number of locals in the United States, but had formally affiliated with the AFL as well, while the United Order of American Carpenters, the Knights of Labor and local organizations of German and Irish carpenters defended their own claims to represent the carpenters in their areas. The Brotherhood slowly absorbed or eliminated these rivals, adding the word “United” to its name as a condition to its merger with the United Order.

Chicago MSDC – Minority Supplier Development Councils

Chicago MSDC was founded on two fundamental principles: there had to be a partnership between minority business, corporate America and government, and there had to be basic fairness in the marketplace for all.

For more than two decades, ChicagoMSDC has operated on the premise that all those who have an idea to sell and a dream to fulfill and are willing to sacrifice and take risks can get the opportunity to do so anywhere in the country. Along the way, minority businesses have created jobs for American workers, increased the tax base and contributed to the gross national product. ChicagoMSDC supports the premise that the overriding reason for business development is job creation. The effective creation of above-the-poverty-level jobs benefit not only the minority economy but the national economy as well.