Business Enterprise Program (BEP)
About the BEP
Illinois Department of Central Management Services’ (CMS) Business Enterprise Program (BEP) promotes the economic development of diverse businesses — those owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities.
To participate as a BEP vendor on Tollway goods and services or Job Order Contracting (JOC) contracts, businesses must be certified with the CMS BEP program at time of bid.
CMS BEP certification requires the following:
- 51 percent owned and controlled by a minority, woman or disabled person
- Owner must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien
- Annual gross sales must be less than $75 million
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
The Illinois Tollway's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program includes disadvantaged, minority and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms with participation goals for both construction and professional services contracts.
Firms must be certified at the time of bid. The Tollway’s DBE Program accepts certifications from the following agencies:
- Illinois Unified Certification Program (ILUCP) – DBE Certifications (includes Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, Pace and city of Chicago): idot.illinois.gov/doing-business
- City of Chicago Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification: chicago.mwdbe.com
- Cook County MBE/WBE Certification: cookcounty.diversitycompliance.com
- Small Business Administration SBA 8(a) Certification: sba.gov/federal-contracting
Read the Tollway's DBE Special Provision.
Veterans Business Program
State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Veterans Business Program
The Illinois Tollway supports veterans and service-disabled veterans by assisting them when competing for Tollway contracts. The Tollway evaluates all agency solicitations for inclusion of veteran-owned small business (VOSB) or service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) goals.
Criteria to participate in the Veterans Business Program include:
- Currently certified with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services as VOSB or SDVOSB
- 51 percent owned and controlled by a qualified veteran living in Illinois
- Annual gross sales under $75 million
Vendors must be certified with CMS as a VOSB or SDVOSB at time of submittal on a Tollway project.
|Veterans Business Program Resources|
Equal Employment Opportunity Program
On construction contracts, the Illinois Tollway adheres to federal workforce requirements and works in conjunction with local unions and awarded contractors to facilitate achievement of all workforce goals.
Monitoring and reporting is a joint effort among awarded contractors, construction managers and diversity staff to ensure that:
- Workforce data in the form of weekly certified payroll reports submitted by contractors to construction managers is reviewed to confirm achievement of established EEO goals (19.6 percent minority/6.9 percent female).
- Periodic site visits are performed to confirm presence of workforce as reported.
- Referrals of qualified workers are available to contractors seeking assistance in meeting their workforce goals.
Contractors are encouraged to visit the Tollway's Bid Credit Incentives section for information on how contractors and subcontractors can earn bid credits to make their bids more competitive while augmenting the construction industry workforce with qualified hires via ConstructionWorks or the Earned Credit Program.