Bradley Assisting Small Businesses with State of Illinois Certification

March 25, 2021

The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Bradley is offering three educational opportunities, in collaboration with the Central Management Services, to enhance participation in the State of Illinois Business Enterprise Program (BEP) and Veteran Business Program (VBP). The sessions will focus on companies becoming certified in the State of Illinois. When eligible companies are certified, they become more visible to prospective buyers, including other agencies and private contractors seeking to purchase goods and services. These free sessions will take participants through three phases of status in the certification program; participants can join any or all of the sessions.

SESSION 1: Full Certification

Wednesday | March 31

3:30 - 5 p.m. | Online

This session is for applicants who have not previously been certified by any of these agencies: (learn more here).

SESSION 2: Fast Track and Recognition Certification

Thursday | May 13

Noon - 1:30 p.m. | Online

The purpose of the new Fast Track Certification application is to leverage vendors currently certified with the City of Chicago and Cook County. The Recognition Certification is the result of agreements that the BEP and VBP have with other certifying agencies; it offers a streamlined certification process for businesses currently certified by any of the following entities: (learn more here).

SESSION 3: No Change Affidavit Application (Renewal)

Wednesday | June 23

Noon - 1:30 p.m. | Online

Are you already certified with the State of Illinois? You should know, each year you must renew your application by submitting a No Change Affidavit (NCA). The renewal confirms the company continues to meet the BEP Act requirements to be certified. This session will take you through the NCA application. Learn more here.