Business Owners Invited to Illinois Business Program Virtual Workshop

Will County Council, County Manager Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant

State Program Helps Minority-, Women-, and Disability-Owned Business Owners Seize Opportunities

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant invites business owners to attend a free virtual workshop to learn more about the Illinois Enterprise Program (BEP) and local resources. The workshop, Thursday, September 29e from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., is organized in coordination with the Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) and the State of Illinois Commission on Equity and Inclusion.

“I’m glad to have the opportunity to moderate this session and share how the Business Enterprise Program can help local businesses grow,” said Bertino-Tarrant. “The BEP opens doors for companies to access public and private markets. With the state of Illinois investing millions of dollars in Will County projects, this program helps local business owners access these opportunities. »

The virtual session will provide an overview of BEP benefits, an introduction to the certification process, available procurement opportunities, and other state programs. CED will also showcase how they can connect local businesses with partners and resources to help them grow.

“The Illinois Enterprise Program encourages the growth and development of businesses owned by minorities, women, and people with disabilities by encouraging their participation in the state procurement process,” said Doug Pryor, president. and CEO of Will County CED. “In 2021, Illinois awarded over $800 million in BEP contracts. Join us and register to help bring more of these opportunities to Will County businesses.

The BEP is operated by the State of Illinois and helps businesses owned by minorities, women, and people with disabilities increase capacity, increase revenue, and improve qualifications. BEP-certified companies are listed in an online directory used by state procurement officials and major vendors, increasing their opportunities to bid on contracts with BEP targets.

To qualify for BEP certification, businesses must be at least 51% owned and controlled by minority people, women, or designated as disabled. They must also have annual gross sales of less than $75 million and be owned by a U.S. citizen or resident alien.

Interested participants can learn more and register by visiting