Business Enterprise Program

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

What do we do?

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) encourages businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities to take advantage of the state's Business Enterprise Program (BEP). The program gives small and diverse businesses the opportunity to grow and prosper by doing business with the State of Illinois.

"BEP promotes economic development and empowers businesses owned by minorities, females and persons with disabilities to the maximum extent possible within Illinois," said IDHS Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler.

The Program is managed by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services IDHS-BEP office is committed to increasing BEP participation in contract opportunities within the department, as well as ensuring that certified BEP vendors benefit from contract opportunities throughout all state agencies under the purview of the governor. In fiscal year 2013, IDHS contracted with more than 119 businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities, spending more than $20million.

Contact Us

For more information about BEP contact us at DHS.BEP@illinois.gov , You may also contact DHS BEP Director Philip C. Dalmage at 312-793-0027 or Outreach Manager Steven E. Richie at (217) 557-8755.

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