CityCon 

Eight-Week Program | No Fee

NOW ENROLLING: CityCon Fall 2022! Click to learn more and apply!

CityCon is offered by the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at WBDC. It is designed for businesses interested in pursuing contract opportunities that are certified by the City of Chicago as a Women Business Enterprise or Minority Business Enterprise. The program provides proposal writing technical assistance to City of Chicago Prime and Sub-contractors responding to a Bid or No-Bid Request. Participants gain valuable feedback on their proposal and the submission process. The WBDC team also shares details on compliance and contracts. Throughout the cohort, participants also receive one-on-one advising, so they discuss their specific goals and challenges.

CityCon Curriculum

Week 1: ABC’s of Contracting

Week 2: Capacity Building

Week 3: Understanding and Obtaining Diverse Certifications

Week 4: Doing Business with City of Chicago Department of Procurement (DPS) & Sister Agencies

Week 5: Marketing to the Government

Week 6: Proposal Writing

Week 7: Cohort Review and Technical Assistance

Week 8: Ceremony of Completion

Eligibility 

City of Chicago Certification as Women Business Enterprise, Minority Business Enterprise or Veteran Business Enterprise

Business Age:  Two Years or More

Revenue:  $75,000 or More

 

If you’re interested in joining the next CityCon cohort, please click here to set up a brief phone interview.

GovCon

Eight-Week Program | No Fee

Presented by the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at the WBDC, GovCon helps established small business owners navigate and access federal government contracting opportunities. Designed for business owners new to government procurement, participants create a business capability statement, prepare a mock proposal, and learn to network with government agencies. The GovCon program helps small business owners scale their businesses and diversify their revenues. Each session covers basic sequential steps of doing business with government entities, including diverse certification and vendor registration with the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois. Participants also learn about Federal government vendor registration with SAM.gov.

GovCon Curriculum

Week 1: ABC’s of Contracting

Week 2: Understanding and Obtaining Diverse Certifications

Week 3: Doing Business with City, County and State

Week 4: Doing Business with the Federal Government

Week 5: Marketing to the Government

Week 6: Proposal Writing

Week 7: Cohort Review and Technical Assistance

Week 8: Ceremony of Completion

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