- Published: Monday, May 31, 2021 09:32 AM
SPRINGFIELD – Minority and women-owned businesses would be accepted for participation in the state’s Business Enterprise Program if they have already been certified by Chicago or Cook County’s program under a measure sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) that passed the Senate Sunday.
The Business Enterprise Program was developed to ensure that businesses owned by minorities, women and people with disabilities are awarded at least 20% of the total dollar amount of state contracts.
“Due to a variety of factors, minority-owned businesses are still often at a competitive disadvantage compared to other businesses,” Munoz said. “These businesses deserve the right to compete for state contracts on even footing.”
House Bill 132 requires the Business Enterprise Program to recognize and accept the certifications of businesses certified as minority-owned businesses or women-owned businesses by the city of Chicago, Cook County, or other entities approved by the Business Enterprise Program Council for purposes of participating in the program.
“These businesses are being forced to waste their time filling out multiple applications,” Munoz said. “It’s essential that we continue to remove the barriers minorities face in the economy.”
House Bill 132 passed the Senate unanimously.