Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
It is the policy of MTD to actively encourage and assist Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) to participate competitively in all procurement actions. See below for information specific to MTD's DBE program as well as technical and business assistance offered throughout Illinois.
FY 2019 - FY 2021
Current DBE Goal and Methodology
MTD's current triennial DBE goal is .91%. This is a 100% race neutral goal. The details on this goal are provided here. This goal and methodology represent all FTA funds that MTD will expend on all FTA assisted contracting opportunities from October 2018 through September 2021, excluding the purchase of transit vehicles.
April 30, 2019
MTD hosted an outreach event on April 30, 2019 for discussion and feedback on the DBE goal and methodology utilized for the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses and Infrastructure Project. The presentation, vendor list, and questions and answers are provided here.
Illinois Unified Certification Program DBE Directory
DBE Directory for MTD Projects
MTD utilizes the DBE certification program established by IDOT, City of Chicago, CTA, Metra, and Pace. Firms must be listed in the IL UCP DBE Directory to be counted towards DBE participation for MTD's projects.
Illinois Department of Transportation DBE Supportive Services
DBE Supportive Services
Free support is provided to Illinois Department of Transportation's (IDOT) DBE firms seeking IDOT DBE certification, to IL UCP DBE certified firms who have an IDOT contract, and to prime contractors doing business with IDOT.
Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Procurement Technical Assistance
Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) are a portal for small businesses looking to enter the world of government contracting. The centers provide one-on-one counseling, technical information, marketing assistance and training to existing businesses. Champaign-Urbana's nearest PTAC is at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Illinois State Highway and Toll Authority Diversity Programs
The Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program is designed to prepare emerging and established transportation-related construction firms including disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise firms, service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses and veteran-owned small businesses as well as small businesses to participate on highway and vertical construction contracts.
Small Business Administration
Small Business Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers free counseling, financial assistance, special loan programs, special assistance to women and veterans, and more. The Illinois Branch Office is located in Springfield, serving 73 counties in central and southern Illinois (including Champaign County). The Illinois District Office is located in Chicago, serving 29 counties in northern Illinois.
Illinois Small Business Development Center
Small Business Assistance
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is part of America’s Small Business Development Center Network, the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States. The goal of the network is to help new entrepreneurs achieve their goals, and assist existing businesses in staying successful in the complex marketplace locally, regionally, and globally.
Women’s Business Development Center
Women's Business Resources
The Women’s Business Development Center's (WBDC) mission is to support and accelerate business development and growth, targeting women and serving all diverse business owners, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy. WBDC's headquarters is located in Chicago, with satellite offices in Aurora, IL, Richton Park, IL, and St. Louis, MO.
Veteran Business Assistance Services
Veteran Business Assistance
Veteran Business Assistance Services (VBAS) are offered by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC). WBDC is committed to the success of veteran-owned businesses and works to ensure that veterans have technical assistance and resources to achieve their business goals. The WBDC VBAS offers various levels of training and assistance for start-up, emerging, and established veteran business owners in Illinois to support and accelerate their business development and growth.