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December 1st, 2021 – 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 firm. Learn out… Continue Reading


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… Continue Reading

December 3rd, 2021 – Annual Meeting and Holiday Brunch

Please join us at the ChicagoMSDC Annual Meeting and Holiday Brunch, where we will review 2021, highlight our P.I.P.E. Program graduating class, and hear from our keynote speaker, Jason Tyler, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial officer at Northern Trust Corporation. After the meeting, please stay for good food and networking at our Holiday Brunch.… Continue Reading

December 7th, 2021 – 25th Anniversary Gala

Join the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois as they come together with sponsors, corporate partners, members, and friends to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Guests will enjoy networking, food stations, cocktails, and a night of celebrating LGBTQ+ business success. The event will acknowledge members and corporate partners through the annual awards program. Continue Reading

December 9th, 2021 – INTRODUCTION TO ePROCUREMENT 101

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… Continue Reading

December 9th, 2021 – Columbia College Chicago Supplier Diversity Fair

Columbia College Chicago is hosting the 1st annual Supplier Diversity Fair on. The goal of the fair is to attract diverse businesses to campus to learn about becoming a supplier/contractor with the college. The fair also presents the opportunity to network with the Columbia College Chicago department decision-makers about upcoming and possible procurements. DPS will… Continue Reading