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2021 October Workshop Schedule – chicago.gov

We are now offering our workshops virtually. To request an accommodation, please contact DPS Public Affairs at dps.accommodations@cityofchicago.org. Join us in October for the following workshops:

TRACKING CONTRACT PAYMENTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Certification & Compliance (C2) Network System is a web-based tool that provides up-to-date tracking of payments made to prime contractors and sub-contractors. Prime contractors are responsible for reporting payments to all sub-contractors on a monthly basis. Come learn the roles and responsibilities of both the prime and subcontractors.

FIRST LOOK: THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER MANAGEMENT (DWM)

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) will preview potential upcoming construction contracts for the year. Additionally, focused on the ambitious 10-year Capital Improvement Plan, DWM has opportunities in water and sewer main replacement, facilities modernization for engineering and construction projects. These contracts, both term agreements, and standalone contracts will be available to bid by vendors and DWM staff will be available to provide highlights and specifics on these upcoming projects.

HOW TO BECOME CERTIFIED

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

DPS is the certifying agency for the following certifications: Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business (VBE), Business Enterprise for People with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE). This workshop will provide detailed information on who is qualified to be a Chicago certified firm. Learn out what documents are needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common mistakes in the certification process. Subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer all your questions about common certification topics.

PROCUREMENT FUNDAMENTALS: DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CITY

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Do you have questions about how to become a successful bidder on City contracting opportunities? Unsure where to begin? This informational workshop highlights the role and responsibility of DPS in the City’s purchasing process. Come learn about different procurement methods and the laws which govern the procurement process. Once completed, you will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES & PROGRAMS

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The City of Chicago has created numerous initiatives to significantly increase the number of skilled residents prepared to work in growing industries. Ensuring that disadvantaged populations have access to employment opportunities in Chicago is a high priority. This workshop will cover the Project Area Resident Ordinance and local hiring requirements, apprenticeship utilization and ex-offender bid incentives. Additionally, the Department of Family and Support Services and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership will feature programs they offer.

INTRODUCTION TO ePROCUREMENT 101

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

DPS is continuing on the next phase of start-to-finish purchasing modernization via the implementation of a comprehensive eProcurement system. eProcurement applies digital technology to the acquisition of goods and services. It will allow DPS to collaborate with City Departments to create solicitations and contracts online, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete procurements. Come watch a demonstration and learn about iSupplier registration, how vendors will submit bids and proposals online, and how to view contracts and payments.

CONTRACTING 101: HOW TO RESPOND TO A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This workshop is designed to teach business owners how to respond to a City of Chicago RFP. Using advice from seasoned professionals, you will learn specific details about what evaluators look for in a RFP and how to avoid common mistakes that can hurt your chances of a winning bid. Attend this workshop and you will learn how to navigate RFP specifications efficiently.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

In today’s business environment the Financial Services industry is constantly evolving to encompass a broad range of services and programs for businesses. This panel will explore Financial Services key issues and opportunities and share an array of innovative solutions and best practices.

Click here to download the 2021 October workshop schedule

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