February 21st Forum: “Work Your Diversity. Procurement is Small Business”


Did you know only 2% of state procurement contracts were attained by small businesses last year?

Thanks to SBAC advocacy efforts, legislation was recently enacted establishing a goal of 10% of all state procurement contracts to be issued to small business. Now it’s important for small businesses to become educated about government programs and certification to make the most of this new law.

That’s why the SBAC is teaming with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) and Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) to educate small business owners about procurement opportunities with government agencies and large corporations.

The seminar, “Work Your Diversity. Procurement is Small Business,” is scheduled on Tuesday, February 21 at 20 S. Clark, 14th Floor in Chicago from 8:00 to 10:30 am.

Seminar participants will learn how to work with government agencies and large corporations, and also what products and services these agencies and companies purchase. The seminar will feature public and private sector diversity and procurement officials who will discuss their programs, procedures, certification requirements and upcoming opportunities. Seminar panelists will include:

* Carlos Gutierrez, Outreach Manager, Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) – Business Enterprise Program
* E. LaVerne Hall, Director of Cook County Contract Compliance
* Victoria Wright, MS Ed., Training and Development Analyst, City of Chicago Office of Compliance (not confirmed)
* Rosalyn Putman, Lead Business Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
* Brian Montgomery, Manager-Supplier Diversity, Procurement Sourcing, NICOR Gas
* Nadia Quarles, Assistant Vice President-Diversity, University of Chicago
* Frieda Curry, Director of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)

In addition to gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the government and corporate certification process, the event will offer an outstanding networking opportunity to meet peer business owners, prominent diversity executives and state, federal and county procurement officials.

Tickets for the event are $25 for SBAC members and $40 for non-members. Space is limited and the program is expected to sell out. Head over to the NAWBO web site to reserve your seat today!