Monday, July 12, 2021
Executive Order 2021-2
Executive Order 2021-2 (EO) was issued to understand how diverse firms are being utilized on both City contracts and non-City contracts and make the private sector an equal and accountable partner in building a more diverse Chicago.  
The EO requires submission of a Business Diversity Program (BDP) and utilization report.  The deadline for this filing is July 1 of each calendar year.

If you are a City contractor and have not completed this reporting requirement, please do so today. City contractors have an obligation to timely comply with this reporting mandate.
A dedicated microsite with information, the reporting form, and FAQs can be found at

The Chicagoland Vaccine Partnership is excited to announce at least $1,000,000 in new, open grant funds to support ongoing community mobilization efforts around the COVID-19 vaccine.
They’re accepting grant proposals from organizations that demonstrate deep community relationships in the geographic areas most impacted by COVID-19. These vaccine outreach grants are meant to be flexible so they can support whatever activities you believe will be most effective in reaching the communities you serve. 
Dedicated funding is available for Chicago-specific projects focused on supporting vaccine education and access for (a) employees within early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education organizations within Chicago and (b) children and youth, including college students, within Chicago.
Individual organizations can apply for up to $25,000 in grant funding, and multiple collaborating organizations can apply for up to $75,000. Grants for individual organizations are designed to support organizations with annual operating budgets up to $500,000.
Key Dates:
  • July 14 at 2PM & July 16 at 2pm – Information sessions. Email to register for information sessions
  • Monday, July 26 – Application closes at 5:00 pm
  • Week of August 9 – Notification of grant awards/recipients
Learn more about the grant and how to apply on the Vaccine Partnership’s website
The Buying Plan is now available for download, including information about the new City of Chicago Five Year Capital Plan (Chicago Works) that will invest in communities through infrastructure. 
The Buying Plan is a key transparency initiative that the City of Chicago and 13 additional government agencies 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 serve the local vendor community by highlighting Small Business Initiative (SBI), Mid-Size Business Initiative (MBI), and Target Market opportunities for quick reference.
Chicago Works projects are also highlighted and will include the repair and replacement of roads, bridges, sidewalks, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible crosswalk ramps, streetlights, traffic signals, and other traditional infrastructure projects.
DPS participates in many outreach events around the Chicagoland area. Check out the upcoming events happening soon. For a full calendar of events, please visit
Chatham Business Association, SBDI 
July 13, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Monthly Membership Meeting held by Chatham Business Association, Small Business Development Inc. are held to inform current members and prospective members about issues and activities going on in Chatham and the City of Chicago. You do not need to be a member to attend.  
BEP Business Workout Wednesday Workshop
July 14, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Is your business owned by a Woman, Minority, a Person with a Disability, or a Veteran? Learn how BEP certifications & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses can help!  
Intro To Job Order Contracting (JOC)
July 15, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Cook County, IL anticipates bidding JOC contracts within the next few months. In preparation for those bids, Gordian wants to engage contractors early in the process to ensure they understand the basics of JOC and how to bid JOC contracts. Job Order Contracting (or JOC) is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract that allows contractors to perform multiple projects with a single, competitively awarded contract. JOC has empowered hundreds of contractors to grow their business. Please join Gordian and HACIA to learn more about Job Order Contracting.
FLEX Summer Social
July 15, 2021 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
FLEX targets LGBTQ+ and ally professionals under the age of 40, and young at heart. The mission of FLEX is to create networking opportunities to connect young professionals to each other, foster collaboration with business leaders and provide educational engagements for young professionals to bridge the gaps between generations, nurture professional development, and create paths to success within the business community.
Challenges in Developing Successful Business Teams & Partnerships Partnering With Purpose Series
Session 2
July 20, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:45 PM
The Partnering With Purpose Three-Part Series will focus on partnering and teaming as an intentional business strategy. The purpose of the series is to help bring awareness and elevate teaming approaches and skills to our women-owned businesses. The series is designed to address how a successful partnering strategy can expand capabilities, capacity, and add value to your existing and potential customers to meet their sourcing needs.

This session will focus on challenges and risk mitigation, offer legal insights into teaming approaches and agreements and locating good partners or team members.
Small Business E-Expo
July 22, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
This year’s expos will be better than ever, with the return of over 30 exhibitors offering 1:1 business guidance. This interactive expo will also feature webinars, panels and a keynote speaker that will help people on all stages on their entrepreneurial journey.

Make sure to mark Thursday, July 22, 2021 in your calendar and visit for updates as the expo approaches.
GovCon Airports Cohort
July 23, 2021 | Application Deadline
The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), in partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), is pleased to present GovCon Airports. This 8-week virtual training program will serve small businesses and concessionaires who currently have contracts at Chicago’s airports, and businesses seeking to do business with the airports.
We are now offering our workshops virtually. View the full workshop schedule at To request an accommodation, please contact DPS Public Affairs at
July 14, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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.
July 15, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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.
July 21, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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.
July 22, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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.
The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) opens for grants each month in various TIF districts across Chicago. The program's three-year funding plan currently runs through 2023.
Eligible businesses must submit their application during the month-long application window for their TIF district to qualify for funding. To find out if and when SBIF grants are available for your business, search the address on the SBIF eligibility page. Other eligibility requirements apply, and application dates are subject to change.
Bid Opportunity List for the Week of July 12, 2021
The weekly Bid Opportunity List (BOL) is the resource to find currently advertised contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago. The information on the BOL is subject to change.

Please visit for the latest updates on current solicitations.
Please be advised that all contracts awarded on March 10, 2021 and beyond will include Terms related to compliance with Executive Order 2021-2. These terms include quarterly reporting requirements for the projected and actual utilization of M/WBE firms.
Resource Navigators

The City of Chicago has established Small Business Resource Navigators to provide 1:1 assistance to small businesses looking for support. For more information, click here.

Information on Chicago Reopening Guidelines

Mayor Lightfoot recently released industry-specific guidelines for businesses, employees, and customers to follow as the city prepares to begin safely reopening. Industry-specific guidelines include details such as how businesses can engage in healthy interactions between workers and customers, how to maintain safe working spaces and conditions, and how to design and monitor workplace operations to create flexibility and maintain safety for employees and customers. Guidelines can be found at
DPS believes that everyone should have a chance to participate in the business of government. This includes participation by way of bidding on a contract, being a supplier, becoming a certified vendor, or even learning about how to do business with the City.

Our DPS website provides information to keep our vendor community informed of procurement news, outreach, initiative and programs. Visit to learn about the following: