July 2, 2019

July 2019 Workshop Schedule

DPS offers 19 free workshops presented quarterly to educate citizens and business owners about the fundamentals of procurement and the latest developments in procurement and certification.

For more information and to register for workshops go to www.chicago.gov/dpsevents

 

Tracking Contract Payments: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

The Certification & Compliance (C2) Network System is a web-based tool that provides up-to-date tracking of payments made to prime contractors and sub-contractors. Prime contractors are responsible for reporting payments to all sub-contractors on a monthly basis. Come learn the roles and responsibilities of both the prime and subcontractors.

 

*NEW FOR 2019* First Look: Chicago Department of Transportation

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

This workshop is geared toward those looking to learn about construction-related opportunities with the City of Chicago. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will provide a "First Look" at contracting opportunities related to road construction projects throughout the City of Chicago, including projects associated with the new Obama Presidential Center and other projects.

CDOT officials will be on hand to provide an overview of the work that is needed, including paving, site grading, landscaping, watermain installation, as well as lighting and other electrical work.

 

The ABCs of DBE and ACDBE Certification

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

This workshop provides an overview of the City's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. Come learn about the application process and benefits of certification as part of the Illinois Unified Certification process with the City of Chicago, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace.

 

Introduction to eProcurement

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.

 

How to Become Certified

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | Workshop Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE). This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified form. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.

 

Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business with the City of Chicago

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, Bid & Bond, Room 103

Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City's purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.

 

We are Family! Doing Business with Sister Agencies: Public Building Commission (PBC) & Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | Workshop Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | 121 N. LaSalle, 11th Floor, Room 1103

Interested in doing business beyond the City of Chicago but not sure where to start? This workshop welcomes guest presentations that outlines the roles and responsibilities of how to do business with the City of Chicago's six sister agencies: Chicago Public Schools (CPS), City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Public Building Commission (PBC), Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), Chicago Park District (CPD) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Please note that government agencies change for each session.

 

For more information and to register for workshops go to www.chicago.gov/dpsevents

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