WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF CONTRACT COMPLIANCE
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, to develop MBE/WBE and VBEs capable of performing as Primes, and to work together as a team to monitor the success of the process.
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 professional services or non-construction firms currently certified with the City of Chicago, a 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 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.
Attention Cook County Certified Vendors
Certification Processing Fees
- Certification Application – $250
- No-Change Affidavit – No Charge
- Re-Certification Application – $250
- Veteran Application – No Charge
Cook County Procurement Code Governing Certification of Minority, Women and Veteran-Owned Businesses
(This Code provides the criteria for determining a firm’s eligibility for participation as a MBE/WBE/VBE in Cook County.)
2011 Revision to the Cook County Procurement Code Chapter 34, Article IV (Office of the Purchasing Agent)
2011 Revision to Division 8 of the Procurement Code – Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Chapter 34, Article IV, Division 8 (Contract Compliance)
Directory of Certified Vendors
Link to our MBE/WBE/VBE Directory of Certified Vendors.
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.
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.
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.
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.