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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 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.


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

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.

Registration starts at 9:30 AM and the meeting will begin at 10 AM. The brunch begins at 11:30 AM.

This is an in-person, ticketed event. Proof of Covid Vaccination, or a negative covid test result within 72 hours of the event are required for admittance.

This event also includes a gift and toy drive that will benefit the children of St. Joseph Carmelite.

Please bring your unwrapped gift to the event and a representative from St. Joseph Carmelite will pick up all of the gifts and donations from Galleria Marchetti on December 3rd.

Please see the ChicagoMSDC website for gift and donation ideas:

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.

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 watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.