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Calendar of workshops for November and December 2021

We now offer our workshops virtually. To request accommodation, please contact DPS Public Affairs at [email protected] Join us in October for the following workshops:


Wednesday 3 November 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Your company is certified, what are your next steps? This workshop will provide valuable information to newly certified companies on how to compete for City contracts as well as information on the resources available to certified companies. Are you ready to meet prime contractors? Have you considered the joint venture on procurement opportunities? Are you attending relevant networking events? Come and listen to the advice of experts in the field to better market your business, compete and obtain contracts from the City.


Wednesday 10 November 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

DPS is the certification 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 disadvantaged airport concession companies (ACDBE). This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago Certified Business. Find 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 of your questions on common certification topics.


Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

DPS is pursuing the next phase of purchasing modernization from start to finish through the implementation of a comprehensive electronic procurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. This will allow the DPS to work with city departments to create solicitations and contracts online, significantly reducing the time it takes to complete purchases. Come watch a demo and learn more about iSupplier registration, how suppliers will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.


Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Do you have questions on how to become a successful bidder on the City’s contracting opportunities? You do not know where to start ? This information workshop highlights the role and responsibility of the DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come and discover the different procurement methods and the laws that govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will have a better understanding of what it takes before you begin the bidding process and your responsibilities after winning a contract with the City of Chicago.

Click here to download the workshop program for November and December 2021

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