Community Services Enterprise Program (CSEP)

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


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.

The 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.

To qualify for BEP, vendors must:

  • Be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by persons who are minority, women or designated as disabled.
  • Be a United States citizen or resident alien.
  • Have annual gross sales of less than $75 million.

For more information about BEP or to register as a BEP vendor, visit the Illinois Department of Central Management Services - Business Enterprise Program (CMS-BEP)

Contact Us

For questions about BEP at IDHS contact us at You may also contact IDHS BEP Outreach Manager Steven E. Richie at (217) 557-8755.

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