Partnering for Growth

 

Program Goal

The Illinois Tollway’s Partnering for Growth Program (P4G) encourages prime consultants and contractors to assist disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) in remaining self-sufficient, competitive and profitable businesses.

 

Professional Services Capability Statements

Construction

Gain Bid Credits With Partnering For Growth

The Illinois Tollway’s Partnering for Growth Program for Construction encourages contractors and subcontractors to assist disadvantaged, minority and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) in remaining self-sufficient, competitive and profitable.

Partnering for Growth for Construction offers participating contractors the opportunity to earn up to $100,000 per year in bid credits that may be applied toward future Tollway construction bids to lower the bid amount and increase the chances of winning the contract as the low bidder. In a highly competitive industry, bid credits give contractors a bidding advantage on Tollway construction contracts.

Flexible Relationships

The Partnering for Growth Construction Program is term-based (12 to 36 months), enabling partnering contractors to continue working on areas of development without being contingent upon contract awards, project milestones or completion dates. Partnering for Growth agreements are possible with current subcontractors on existing projects.

Contractors have the flexibility to determine areas of assistance including business planning, project management, financial counseling and bonding, equipment utilization and submitting quotes. Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program providers are available to assist partnering firms at every step.

How to Participate

Mentors

  1. Contact the Illinois Tollway
    Email diversity@getipass.com
    Phone: 630-241-6800 ext. 1901
  2. Complete a Partnering for Growth enrollment form
  3. Gain access to the pool of protégés ready for partnerships
  4. Develop a Partnering for Growth relationship with protégés
  5. Begin earning bid credits

Protégés

  1. Contact the Illinois Tollway
    Email diversity@getipass.com
  2. Tollway will connect you with a Technical Assistance Provider
    1. Technical Assistance Provider will complete a pre-assessment to determine eligibility 
    2. If eligible, a Partnering for Growth enrollment form must be completed
  3. Enter a pool for qualified protégés to develop a Partnering for Growth relationship with a mentor
  4. Begin earning bid credits

 

Support for Mentor and Protégés

Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program providers are available to assist both mentors and protégés at every step. All protégés will have an assessment completed and, if needed, a comprehensive business development plan preparing them for participation in a Partnering for Growth relationship. Once protégés are evaluated, they are entered in a pool to be reviewed by potential mentors.

Read the Partnering for Growth Brochure (02/2019)

Professional Services

Partnering for Growth for Professional Services

Partnering for Growth for Professional Services is contract based. Participation in this program allows the protégés to work with mentors on agreed-upon scope to help expand the protégé’s technical capabilities and develop skills needed to work with the Tollway. 

Prospective protégés may market their firms to potential mentors in connection with a Tollway Professional Services Bulletin. Mentors must include the Partnering for Growth agreement documentation in their statement of interest for a specific professional services solicitation. You may submit agreement documentation for multiple relationships.

Partnering for Growth Benefits

  • Both mentors and protégés benefit from newly formed business relationships.
  • Construction mentors and protégés earn bid credits that may give a competitive edge in pursuing Tollway construction contracts.
  • Protégés gain experience and valuable assistance to improve business practices.
  • Tollway increases the pool of firms to support Move Illinois and fosters competition in the marketplace.
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