Free Business Enterprise Program Certification Virtual Webinar

Thursday, September 29th
1pm – 2pm

The Will County CED, in partnership with County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and the State of Illinois Commission on Equity and Inclusion, is hosting a free virtual webinar to educate minority, women and disabled business owners about the Illinois Business Enterprise Program (BEP).

Free Business Enterprise Program Certification Virtual Webinar

In 2021, the State of Illinois awarded more than $800 million in contracts to BEP certified businesses. BEP certification can also open the door to opportunities with other public and private entities which are looking for diverse suppliers.

The webinar will provide an overview of the benefits of BEP, introduce the certification process, and detail how the CED can connect businesses with local resources. Please join this webinar to help us bring more of these opportunities to Will County businesses!


– At least 51% owned and controlled by persons who are minority, women, or designated as disabled.

– Must be a United States citizen or a resident alien

– Annual gross sales of less than $75 million


– Access to State opportunities

– Recognition within other municipalities and organizations

– Marketing opportunities

What is BEP?

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