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City of Chicago Buying Plan
City of Chicago Contracts for Minority and Woman-Owned Businesses
Chicago's Minority and Women-Owned Business (M/WBE) Certification Program demonstrates the City's continued commitment to the success of minority-and women-owned businesses by offering certification opportunities to MBE and WBE firms.
The Department of Procurement Services Certification and Compliance division certifies minority-and women-owned businesses that:
Approved certifications are valid for 5 years.
If you have questions regarding the certification process, please contact our Certification and Compliance Division at:
Department of Procurement Services
Certification and Compliance Division
121 North LaSalle Street Room 403
Chicago, IL 60602
A non-profit association made up of retired business professionals dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business in the U.S. SCORE provides free business counseling, management consulting and advice on how to get a business loan and offers other resources, such as templates for a business plan. SCORE has more than 25 locations throughout the Chicago area and is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. www.scorechicago.org. SCORE Counselors are available every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A small business lender dedicated to providing financing and business education to businesses. ACCION offers loans of up to $20,000 for start-up business and $50,000 for established businesses. Credit Builder loans are also offered for amounts between $200 and $2,500. www.accionchicago.org. ACCION Chicago Counselors are available every second, fourth and fifth, if applicable, Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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