We encourage firms to submit their certification application online. Whether it’s a new application, annual No Change Affidavit, or Re-Certification, you can now complete your application and submit all your documents online with our new Diversity Management System.
To begin, please click on the following link: Online Certification.
If you are unable to complete an online certification, please download and complete a hard copy of the application (download available in the Certification section below), and submit all required documentation and information to:
Office of Contract Compliance
118 North Clark, Room #1020
Chicago, IL 60602
The Cook County’s Office of Contract Compliance now accepts online payments, checks and money orders for processing fees. Please make checks and money orders payable to Cook County Department of Revenue. The following processing FEES are non-refundable:
- Certification Application – $250
- Re-Certification Application – $250
- No-Change Affidavit – No Charge
- Veteran Application – No Charge
Cook County’s Office of Contract Compliance certifies Minority-, Women- and Veteran-owned Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE/VBE). Continued annual validation is required during the five (5) year term. On the Certification’s five (5) year anniversary, a Re-Certification Affidavit is required.
Cook County and City of Chicago Certification Reciprocity
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have launched a reciprocal Minority and Women Business Enterprise initiative. This initiative will allow your business to be certified by either the County or City and have either certification apply to both agencies. This combined effort for the County and City will lessen the financial burden and streamline the certification process by providing a “one stop shop” for MBE/WBEs interested in participating in County and City procurement opportunities. Provided that the agency’s requirements are met, you will no longer be required to submit your annual No Change Affidavit or ReCertification Affidavit to both agencies, just one.
For bids or proposals, professional services or non-construction firms certified with the City of Chicago, a MWBE Reciprocal Certification Affidavit must be submitted with the City’s letter of certification. This form ensures that the certified MBE/WBE firms participating in Cook County contracts for credit are within the parameters of the Cook County Procurement Ordinance.
Please note that if you are currently certified with the City of Chicago in a non-construction area i.e., professional services or goods, the County Code requires: 1) the firm’s average annual gross receipts over the five most recent years does not exceed the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Size Standards and, 2) the personal net worth of the qualifiying (51%) individual(s) does not exceed the County’s personal net worth limitations of approximately $2.2M.
Please contact our office at 312-603-5502 for questions regarding the County and City’s reciprocal Minority and Women Business Enterprise initiative and Cook County’s certification processes.
Personal Net Worth Statement
ALL applicants applying for Cook County Certification or submitting a No Change and/or Re-Certification as MBE/WBE must complete a “Personal Net Worth Statement” form for each qualifying owner (51%) of the applicant firm. Click on the following link to download a copy: Personal Net Worth Statement
The personal net worth limit has been recalculated based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (Chicago All Items). Pursuant to Section 34-263 of the County’s Code of Ordinances, this limit shall be adjusted annually based on the Chicago Metro Area Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. The personal net worth limit for 2016 is $2,231,309.21.
CPI data available at http://www.bls.gov/regions/midwest/data/ConsumerPriceIndexHistorical_Chicago_Table.pdf
New applications for certification can be completed online through our Diversity Management System. You may also download and complete a hard copy of the application by clicking on the following link: Schedule A – MBE/WBE/VBE Certification Application. All information and documentation for the application must be submitted to the Office of Contract Compliance, 118 N. Clark Street, Room 1020 when the application is submitted.
For current Cook County MBE/WBE/VBE certified vendors only. Failure to respond annually will result in the lapse of the firm’s certification and ineligibility of that firm’s participation on any contract as an MBE/WBE/VBE.
No-Change Affidavits can be submitted online through our Diversity Management System. If you are unable to submit your affidavit online, you may download the file below and submit it in hard copy. No Change Affidavit
For current Cook County MBE/WBE/VBE certified vendors only. MBE/WBE/VBE Certification Program is valid for five (5) years. On the fifth year anniversary date a Re-Certification Affidavit is required. Recertification can be done online through our Diversity Management System. If you are unable to re-certify online, you may download the file below and submit it in hard copy. Re-Certification Affidavit
Cook County Procurement Code
For more information about the County’s Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise Program, please click on the following link to find the County Code, Section 34-260.