MBE/WBE Program Overview

Introduction to the MBE/WBE Program

Chicago's Minority and Women-owned Business (M/WBE) Procurement Program demonstrates the City's continued commitment to the success of minority- and women-owned businesses. By promoting contracting opportunities to M/WBEs, the City's growth and economic stability is enhanced.

The Program

Located within the Department of Procurement Services in the Division of Contract Monitoring and Certification. This division certifies minority and women business enterprises and carries out the mandates of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action requirements.

Minority- and women-owned businesses wanting to take advantage of the opportunities afforded to them under the M/WBE program must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by a minority or woman and be City-certified. City of Chicago certification is also accepted by other government agencies and some private agencies. Currently, over 2,300 M/WBEs are certified. Obtain a Certification Application now, or visit the Department of Procurement Services at City Hall, Room 806.

For additional information, contact the Department of Procurement Services at City Hall, Room 806; 312.744.4900.