The Certification Process – Mini-Series Free Training Events

The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at Bradley University is offering a series of free workshops on: the process of becoming certified; Business Enterprise Program (BEP) and Veterans Business Program (VBP) opportunities; and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification process.

You may pick and choose a seminar or attend all 3 at no charge.

What is the Process of Becoming Certified and Why?

Seminar 1: April 4, 2019 - Deadline to Register: April 3, 2019

Your business must meet specific requirements in order to compete in the set-aside programs to sell your products and services to the federal government. Government agencies have procurement rules in place with identified goals to encourage a diverse business population.

Since the contracting process can be complicated and overwhelming, this min-series will provide a wealth of information and tips to help you learn how to market and leverage certifications for the growth your business.

-Discussion Points:

  1. Why become certified? Understanding the opportunities of “set-aside” programs.
  2. What Certifications can do for you.
  3. What are the benefits of being certified?
  4. Overview of requirements for each set-aside program.

Speaker: Keli Krueger-Huhra, MBA, CPSM, Director Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Keli Krueger-Huhra

Keli Krueger-Huhra, MBA, CPSM, Director, Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (IPTAC) Ms. Krueger-Huhra has 28 years of progressive career growth integrating Procurement and Supply with organizational strategic objectives. Prior to joining the Illinois PTAC program, she was General Manager/Director, Procurement and Supply at Mitsubishi Motors North America Manufacturing Division. Ms. Krueger-Huhra has received the globally recognized CPSM designation by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). She has an MBA from the University of Illinois Gies College of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Illinois State University.

Take Advantage of the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) and Veterans Business Program (VBP)

Seminar 2: April 18, 2019 - Deadline to register: April 17, 2019

The BEP is for businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. It is committed to fostering an inclusive and competitive business environment that will help business enterprises increase their capacity, grow revenue, and enhance credentials.

Through the Veterans Business Program (VBP), state agencies and universities are encouraged to spend at least 3% of their procurement budgets with certified veteran-owned businesses.

-Discussion Points:

  1. Learn the program’s eligibility requirements.
  2. Gaining access to the State of Illinois’ procurement process.
  3. Certification application process.
  4. Introduction to the Small Business Set-Aside Program
  5. Grow revenue and enhancing credentials

Speaker: Irma Lopez, Outreach manager, Central Management Services

Tony Day

Irma Lopez is the Outreach Manager for the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) and the Veteran Business Program (VBP), within the Illinois Department of Central Management Services agency (better known as CMS). Irma represents the BEP and VBP at major conferences and organizational functions, to promote and accomplish the agency's mission to ensure businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities are awarded at least 20% of the total dollar amount of State contracts.

Illinois Business Enterprise Program

The DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Certification Process

Seminar 3: May 2, 2019 - Deadline to Register: May 1, 2019

The DBE program is a federally mandated program intended to insure non-discriminatory contracting opportunities for small business concerns own and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT), highway, mass transit, and airport financial assistance programs.

The DBE Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), provides minorities, women, and other eligible small businesses an opportunity to participate in highway, mass transit and airport contracts that are federal AND state funded.

-Discussion Points:

  1. What is the DBE Certification program?
  2. Learn why you should obtain your DBE Certification
  3. Getting it right the first time - how to prevent your application being denied
  4. Post Certification Support

Speaker: Tony Day, Southern Unit DBE Certification Manager, Bureau of Small Business Enterprises, Illinois Department of Transportation

Tony Day

Mr. Tony L Day has been with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) since 2002. He began his career in the Bureau of Urban Planning as a Data Management Specialist. In April of 2008, he accepted a position with the department’s Bureau of Small Business Enterprises’ (SBE), as an analyst in the DBE Certification Section.

In April 2012, Mr. Day was promoted to the position of Southern Unit, DBE Certification Manager and continues to serve in that capacity. As unit manager, he works closely with his team of analysts to ensure all DBE applications are processed in a thorough and concise manner as required by CFR 49, Part 26 & 23 of the federal regulations that govern the DBE & ACDBE programs.

Illinois Department of Transportation

Event details for all 3 sessions:

Location: PeoriaNEXT Innovation Center, 801 West Main Street, Peoria IL 61606

2:45pm – 3:00pm Check-in & Networking
3:00pm – 4:30pm Introductions / Presentation
4:30pm – 5:00pm Q & A, Adjourn

No cost to attend. Registration is required for seating accommodations.

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