Download the 2021 August Workshop Schedule
DPS INCENTIVES & PROGRAMS: GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR BIDS
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 | 2 – 3 PM
DPS has made it a priority to ensure that all interested businesses have the opportunity, information, and resources to compete for City contracts. This workshop will feature incentives and programs created to increase the diversity of the businesses that bid on and earn City Contracts. Come learn about comprehensive information on ways to grow your business, increase capacity, foster mutually beneficial business relationships, and be more competitive on City contracts. Learn about the Small Business Initiative, BEPD Incentive, M/WBE Mentorship Program, Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (VBE), and many more.
FIRST LOOK: THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (CDOT)
Thursday, August 5, 2021 | 2 – 3 PM
CDOT manages over 100 construction projects each year, covering a wide array of capital improvements from the complete reconstruction of Wacker Drive to the replacement of a square of sidewalk in front of a residence.
This workshop is geared toward those looking to learn about construction-related opportunities with the City. CDOT will provide a “First Look” at contracting opportunities that will be available as part of the new Obama Presidential Center and other projects. CDOT officials will be on hand to provide an overview of the work needed, including paving, site grading, landscaping, water main installation, as well as lighting and other electrical work.
COMPLIANCE 101: HONORING OBLIGATIONS TO CHICAGO TAXPAYERS
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 | 2 – 3 PM
This workshop will provide an overview of vendor requirements, including information about paying correct wages, the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program, and Chicago Residency and Project Area Resident contracting requirements. Learn about helpful tips on how to complete bid submittal compliance documentation and also gain insight on laws, rules and regulations governing compliance.
WORKING WITH ASSIST AGENCIES
Thursday, August 12, 2021 | 2 – 3 PM
City of Chicago Assist Agencies are comprised of not-for-profit agencies and/or chambers of commerce that represent the interests of small, local, minority, women, veteran, and disadvantaged- owned businesses within Chicago’s diverse communities. These organizations offer many resources to help businesses at every stage of their growth cycle as well as connect prime contractors with certified firms for subcontracting opportunities. This workshop will outline the role and responsibilities of an Assist Agency.
HOW TO BECOME CERTIFIED
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 2 – 3 PM
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 firm. 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
Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 2 – 3 PM
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.
CONTRACTING 101: HOW TO RESPOND TO A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)
Wednesday, August 23, 2021 | 2 – 3 PM
This workshop is designed to teach business owners how to respond to a City of Chicago RFP. Using advice from seasoned professionals, you will learn specific details about what evaluators look for in a RFP and how to avoid common mistakes that can hurt your chances of a winning bid. Attend this workshop and you will learn how to navigate RFP specifications efficiently.
INTRODUCTION TO ePROCUREMENT 101a
Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 2 – 3 PM
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.
Download the 2021 August Workshop Schedule