This summer, the Illinois Tollway is hosting a series of webinars to highlight opportunities for new firms to do business with the Tollway. The Department of Diversity and Strategic Development helps small firms, specifically minority- and veteran-owned businesses, gain access to Illinois Tollway work through several different programs and initiatives. This webinar series is designed to help these firms learn about what is offered: from business technical and prequalification assistance to workforce development initiatives and more. By expanding the pool of potential firms, the Illinois Tollway not only creates opportunities for these businesses but also serves its customers by ensuring varied and competitive bids.
The Building for Success summer webinar series takes place every Monday at 3 p.m. through summer and into fall.
The videos of past sessions and the written presentations can be found below.
BEP Certification And FastTrack Application
Presented by Irma Lopez, Outreach Manager, Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS).
One of the ways the Tollway demonstrates its commitment is partnering with sister agencies like Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS). The CMS BEP fosters an inclusive and competitive business environment for diverse firms — those owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities.
To participate as a BEP vendor on Illinois Tollway goods and services contracts or Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program contracts, businesses must have current BEP certification with CMS at time of bid.
IDOT Consultant Engineering Prequalification
Presented by Jack Elston and Jenni LeSeure, Bureau of Design and Environment, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
This session detailed the consultant engineering prequalification process in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Marketing Your Business In Times Of COVID-19
Presented by Suzanne Stantley, Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program Provider, GMA.
This session discussed important marketing tools that businesses should create to market themselves.
Presented by Cynthia Stewart, Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program Provider, Construction Business Development Center.
Access To Capital
Presented by Deavay Tyler, Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program Provider, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce.
Partnering For Growth (P4G)
One of the ways the Tollway demonstrates its commitment is by encouraging contractors to assist disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise firms, as well as veteran and small businesses in remaining self-sufficient, competitive and profitable through the Partnering For Growth (mentor/protege program).
One of the ways the Tollway demonstrates its commitment to creating additional contracting opportunities for small, diverse and veteran-owned firms is by unbundling construction and professional engineering services contracts.
This involves breaking down larger contracts into smaller jobs in amounts generally under $5 million.
For more information regarding doing business with the Illinois Tollway and the Department of Diversity and Strategic Development, click here.