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The mission of the Office of Contract Compliance is to certify Minority-, Women-, Veteran-, and Service-Disabled Vetern-owned Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE/VBE/SDVBEs), to ensure that all County purchases comply with the Cook County Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise Ordinance, to educate County User Departments and Vendors on the importance and the process of complying with the Ordinance, encourage greater inclusion of MBE/WBE and VBEs on County procurements, and to work together as a team to monitor the success of the process.

Recent News

IT RFQ Vendor Information Session

March 16th, 2015 from 1 – 2:30 PM – Cook County, 118 N. Clark St., 4th Fl Conference Room
The IT RFQ Vendor Information Session provided valuable information for IT Vendors/Consulting firms interested in doing business with Cook County and learning about upcoming contracting opportunities.

Technology Outlook: Cook County Technology Procurement Plans for the Coming Year

October 28, 2014 – 2:00-4:00 pm – Malcolm X College
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle invited technology vendors to attend this session, designed to provide technology professionals the procurement outlook for County-wide technology projects planned for the upcoming year. In addition, representatives were on hand to provide information on the County’s commitment to certified minority and women owned businesses.

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.

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Attention Cook County Certified Vendors

Personal Net Worth Statement

All applicants applying for Cook County Certification or submitting a No Change or Re-Certification as MBE/WBE shall complete and submit a Personal Net Worth Statement.

Small Business

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 of 13 CFR Part 121.

County Marketplace

The counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will are certifying areas for Cook County.  Firms seeking Veteran certification must have its home office in Illinois.

Certification Processing Fees

Minority and Women Business Enterprises will be charged a non-refundable fee to process certification applications; however, Veteran certification applications will be free of charge.
  • Certification Application – $250
  • No-Change Affidavit – No Charge
  • Re-Certification Application – $250
  • Veteran Application – No Charge

Veteran Certification

Cook County certifies firms that are at least 51% owned and operated by veterans. Firms must be a small business 1) that is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, and managed by one or more Eligible Veterans and, 2) that has its home office in Illinois.

Cook County Procurement Code

Click on the following link for Cook County’s Code, as amended, Governing the Minority, Women and Veteran-Owned Businesses Program:

Directory of Certified Vendors

Link to our MBE/WBE/VBE Directory of Certified Vendors.

Related Links

Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement

The Office of the Chief Procurement provides online a listing of all current bid proposals, professional service requests (RFPs), awarded bids, forms and other information about procurement in Cook County.

Cook County Health & Hospitals System: Purchasing 
The CCHHS provides an online listing of all current, upcoming and awarded contracts for the CCHHS, as well as online vendor registration.

Forest Preserve District

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County also provides an online listing of current bid opportunities and other information about procurement with the Forest Preserve District.

Brookfield Zoo

The Chicago Zoological Society is committed to ensuring that certified minority-owned business enterprises (MBE’s) , women-owned business enterprises (WBE’s), disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE’s), and U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a)-certified (8(a)’s) firms are afforded opportunites to compete for and participate in the Chicago Zoological Society’s purchasing activities.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Opportunities to submit request for proposals are available periodically at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  You may obtain information on business opportunities via e-mail or mail.  If applicable, we request that you also provide Minority and Women-Owned Business Enteprise certification.