Public Safety Vendor Outreach Event

The Office of Public Safety Administration in partnership with the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management and Communications invites small business to an informational session on “Doing Business with the City of Chicago Public Safety Departments”.

When: Thursday, March 28, 2024, 10 am – 12 Noon

Where: Public Safety Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Avenue




Registration is required to attend. Space is limited, so register today!

Program Schedule:


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon: Exhibitor Room open

Attendees can visit exhibitor tables to connect with representatives from Chicago public safety departments, assistant agencies and current contractors.


10:15 a.m.:  Welcome Remarks


10:30 a.m.: Workshop #1, Procurement Fundamentals

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.


11:30 a.m.: Workshop #2, How to Become Certified

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. 

Exhibitor Partners:


City of Chicago Departments


Office of Public Safety Administration (PSA)


Chicago Fire Department (CFD)


Chicago Police Department (CPD)


Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC)


Department of Procurement Services (DPS)


Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)



AT&T Corporation


AXON Enterprise, Inc.


CentralSquare Technologies, LLC


Coban Technologies, Inc.


L3Harris Technologies, Inc.


McKesson Medical-Surgical Government Solution, LLC


Motorola Solutions, Inc.


Tetra Tech, Inc.


The Gordian Group, Inc.


T-Mobile USA, Inc.


Verizon Wireless


Zoll Medical Corp


Assist Agencies


Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business / City Colleges of Chicago



Getting there

FREE Parking is available at the De La Salle High School lot on 35th Street between State Street and Michigan Avenue.

If traveling by transit, visit to plan your route.  


If you require language access accommodations, need to change your registration, or have questions about the event, please email