Events & Outreach


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DPS now offers virtual workshops through webex. To view and register for upcoming workshops visit our Events Calendar here. Below you can find information about some of our most popular workshops, including the most recent recorded workshop and a link to the downloadable slide presentation.

If you have any questions about our workshops and outreach events, please email us at


Featured Workshops

Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago

Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracts? Unsure where to begin? This workshop highlights the role and responsibility of the City’s purchasing process. Learn different procurement methods and laws. Understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract.

Click here to download the PowerPoint Presentation


How to Become Certified

DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise, Women-Owned Business Enterprise, Veteran-Owned Business, Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE). Learn who is qualified to be a certified firm, the documents are needed when submitting and how to avoid common mistakes.

Click here to download the PowerPoint Presentation




Interested in more workshops?

DPS offers over 20 different classes on procurement and certification-related issues free to the public. These classes are offered to provide opportunities for greater knowledge on governmental contracting policies and procedures in order to increase competition and minority and women-owned business utilization on City contracts.

To reference the content of all workshops, as well as information about our programs, Click Here. You can download all workshop PowerPoint files and stay up-to-date with all DPS programs and initiatives.



10th Annual Procurement Symposium

The City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services outreach event where prospective vendors can learn about government contracting opportunities.

Procurement Services (DPS) Alerts

Sign up to receive notices of upcoming bid and RFP/Q opportunities for contracts and other information of interest to current and prospective vendors doing business with the City of Chicago.



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