Vendor Fair

Vendor Fair 2017 Flyer






Hosted by the Government Procurement Compliance Forum

The 2017 Vendor Fair is a collaborative effort by the members of the Government Procurement Compliance Forum to give our regional businesses as many resources and networking opportunities as possible.

This event will provide businesses the opportunity to learn about contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago, its Sister Agencies, Cook County Agencies, and State and Federal agencies. You will have the opportunity to attend several business workshops, learn how to join the construction trade unions, find financial, insurance, and legal assistance. Come out and network with other business owners.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CDT)


UIC Forum - 725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607

UIC Forum Parking Available for $10.00 - 1029 S. Morgan, Lot 5

Learn about Contracting Opportunities in: 

  • Construction
  • Architecture/Engineering
  • IT
  • Professional Services
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Facilities
  • Commodities
  • Transportation
  • Work Services


Confirmed Exhibitors

51st Street Business Association

A Safe Haven Foundation

Accion Chicago, Inc.

Better Business Bureau

Black Contractors United

BMO Harris Bank

Bunker Labs

Chatham Business Association

Chicago Animal Care & Control

Chicago Board of Election Commissioners

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Chicago Department of Aviation

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services - Workforce Services

Chicago Department of Public Health

Chicago Department of Transportation

Chicago Fire Department

Chicago Housing Authority

Chicago Housing Authority Section 3 Field Office

Chicago Infrastructure Trust

Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC)

Chicago Park District

Chicago Police Department

Chicago Public Library

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Transit Authority

Chicago Urban League

Chicago Women in Trades

City Colleges of Chicago

City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings

City of Chicago Department of Buildings

City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

City of Chicago Department of Finance

City of Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM)

City of Chicago Department of Human Resources

City of Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology

City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development

City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services

City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation

City of Chicago Department of Water Management

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Construction Business Development Center

Construction Industry Service Corp. (CISCO)

Contractor Advisors Business Development

Cook County Animal Control

Cook County Department of Risk Management

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

Cook County Department of Revenue

Cook County Facilities Management

Cook County Medical Examiner

Cook County Office of Contract Compliance

Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Officer

Cook County Sheriff's Office

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago

Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network

Far South Community Development Corporation

Federation of Women Contractors

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Gordian Group

HACIA-Hispanic American Construction Industry Association

IIT- Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center

Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Office of Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza

Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs

Illinois Tollway

Latin American Chamber of Commerce

Leave No Veteran Behind

LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)

MB Financial Bank

MBDA Capital Center

McCormick Place, SMG


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD)

National Organization of Minority Engineers (NOME)

New York Life

Office of Emergency and Management Communication (OEMC)

Office of the Illinois State Treasurer

Operating Engineers Local 150

Pace Suburban Bus

Pipe Fitters' Local Union 597

Polish American Chamber of Commerce

Project RELO

Public Building Commission

Regional Transportation Authority


State of IL Business Enterprise Program (BEP)

State of Illinois Chief Procurement Office for General Services

Student Veterans of America - Illinois (SVA IL)

SPCDM - St. Paul Church of God in Christ Community Development Ministries

SpeedPro Chicago Loop

The Federal Savings Bank

The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


U.S. Minority Contractors Association (USMCA)

U.S. Small Business Administration

University of Illinois


Venture Connects

Women's Business Development Center

World Business Chicago


Confirmed PRIMESConnect Exhibitors:

AltusWorks, Inc.

Ameresco, Inc.

Carnow, Conibear & Assoc., Ltd.

Chicago Commercial Construction

FH Paschen

Friedler Construction Co.

Jacobs Engineering Group

Kenny Construction Company

McGuire Igleski & Associates, Inc.

Oakk Construction Company

Old Veteran Construction, Inc. (OVC, Inc.)


Solomon Cordwell Buenz

TERRA Engineering, Ltd.

Tilton, Kelly + Bell, LLC

UJAMAA Construction Inc.

Pan-Oceanic Engineering Co., Inc.


Workshop Schedule:

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm:

Doing Business with City, County, Chicago Housing Authority & Chicago Park District - Breakout Room D                     


The panelist for this workshop will cover topics on doing business with their respective City government agencies. Learn what resources are available, navigating websites, procurement methods, contracting opportunities, and MBE/WBE compliance requirements. Learn information that will help your company be more competitive when submitting bids/proposals on various government contracting opportunities.


City of Chicago, Cook County, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Park District

Capability Statement:  Articulating Your Value Proposition -  Breakout Room E


A capability statement is much like a resume, but for your business. It can be used as an introduction to a government agency, a marketing tool at a vendor fair or even for a capability briefing presentation.  Join this session to learn what, when and how to best market your business with your capability statement for government contracting. You’ll also receive great tips on transforming your value proposition into quick 30-90 second elevator pitches. 


Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)

Workforce Development: Partnering with the Vendor community to hire and train Chicago residents -  Breakout Room F


The panel will educate and create awareness about sourcing opportunities for vendors to build their talent pipelines.


City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Chicago Cook Workforce, Chicago Department of Aviation, Chicago Housing Authority, Illinois Toll Authority


2:00 pm to 2:45 pm:

Certification: Minority, Women-Owned and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises -  Breakout Room D


This workshop will provide information on the different small business certification programs that are available in the Chicagoland region.   Find out what documents are needed when submitting an application, who qualifies and how to avoid the most common mistakes.


City of Chicago, Cook County, MSDC, WBDC

Resources for Veterans -  Breakout Room E


Opportunities for veteran-owned small business, honoring those who served.  Exploring resources and services available to start-up, aspiring and emerging vetrepreneurs. 


 A Safe Haven, Bunker Labs, Cook County Veterans Affairs, Elite SDVOB, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Project RELO 

Spring Training: Getting your Business in the Game -  Breakout Room F


Learn about the resources available to prepare your business for the big leagues – government contracting. Government agencies are interested in helping your business become more competitive and have resources to help all types of firms. Come and learn how to access these services and how they can help your business grow. 


Illinois Tollway, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, Cook County


NOTICE: Your name, company name, telephone number, and email address will be posted on the City’s Vendor Fair web page for relationship-building purposes.  As such, we strongly recommend registering with your business phone number and email address.



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