Fair Practices in Contracting Task Force

Fair Practices in Contracting Task Force FPiC, is charged to thoroughly survey African-American-owned business participation in State procurement and to research solutions to advance opportunity.
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President Biden to Sign Executive Order Strengthening Buy American Provisions, Ensuring Future of America is Made in Ame...
02/01/2021
President Biden to Sign Executive Order Strengthening Buy American Provisions, Ensuring Future of America is Made in America by All of America’s Workers | The White House

President Biden to Sign Executive Order Strengthening Buy American Provisions, Ensuring Future of America is Made in America by All of America’s Workers https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/01/25/president-biden-to-sign-executive-order-strengthening-buy-american-provisions-ensuring-future-of-america-is-made-in-america-by-all-of-americas-workers/

Biden-Harris Administration Commits to Investing in American Workers and Companies Today, while many American businesses are on the brink of having to close their doors because of the crises that our country faces, President Biden will sign an Executive Order to support manufacturers, businesses, an...

A campaign contributor to Mayor Lori Lightfoot landed a $1.6 million no-bid deal with Chicago Public Schools after the m...
12/19/2020
Chicago schools needed computers. Then the mayor emailed about a ‘really good guy.’

A campaign contributor to Mayor Lori Lightfoot landed a $1.6 million no-bid deal with Chicago Public Schools after the mayor personally vouched for him, then delivered computers that in some cases didn’t meet district purchasing standards or work for virtual learning. District officials said they bought the used computers in April to meet an “urgent need” as schools scrambled to get devices to students and the district’s traditional vendors faced backlogs. Yet more than a third are still sitting in a district warehouse as backups, a Chalkbeat/Better Government Association investigation has found. Mark Aistrope, the CEO of Chicago-based Meeting Tomorrow, who contributed nearly $30,000 to Lightfoot’s mayoral bid, emailed the mayor in late March, saying his company could quickly provide tens of thousands of computers to the school district when it needed them most. Early the next morning, Lightfoot wrote CPS CEO Janice Jackson to put in a good word. #NoBidContract #NoWords #DigitalDivided

What followed was a $1.6 million deal for a Lightfoot donor who supplied used laptops and iPads, some of which didn’t work for remote learning.

BLC is Chicago’s premier Black business organization of more than 120 of Chicago's Black business leaders and entreprene...
11/04/2020
Business Leadership Council

BLC is Chicago’s premier Black business organization of more than 120 of Chicago's Black business leaders and entrepreneurs representing over 25 industries. We are harnessing the power of today’s Black business leaders to build the next generation of leaders. We are Black business leaders and entrepreneurs in positions of influence across the spectrum of business and civic leadership.

The Business Leadership Council is committed to achieving African American participation in the local and regional economy in proportion to our talent and population through advocacy, business development and mentorship.

State of Illinois lawmakers probe barriers to Black business development. Access to capital, state contracting cited as ...
10/12/2020
Lawmakers probe barriers to Black business development

State of Illinois lawmakers probe barriers to Black business development. Access to capital, state contracting cited as significant hurdles. #JustDoBusiness #BuyBlack #InvestBlack #ContractBlack #HireBlack #BuildBlack #InnovateBlack https://www.commercial-news.com/news/lawmakers-probe-barriers-to-black-business-development/article_e1611408-0a72-11eb-bf7c-afb65ab90588.html

Black-owned businesses in Illinois face significant barriers to growth and opportunities that would enable them to compete with their white-owned counterparts, a problem that many Black leaders say is directly

The wealth data “highlights the inequalities in the recovery in the sense that high-income workers not only have jobs th...
09/22/2020
Soaring wealth during pandemic highlights rising inequality

The wealth data “highlights the inequalities in the recovery in the sense that high-income workers not only have jobs that for the most part have come back; they also have savings that have continued to grow,” said John Friedman, an economist at Brown University who is co-director of Opportunity Insights. The richest one-tenth of Americans owned more than two-thirds of the nation’s wealth, according to Fed data through the end of March, the latest period for which figures are available. The top 1% owned 31%. #HeadsTheyWin #TailsYouLoose

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' household wealth rebounded last quarter to a record high as the stock market quickly recovered from a pandemic-induced plunge in March. Yet the gains flowed mainly to...

07/15/2020
Cybersecurity Strategies for Executives
07/08/2020
Cybersecurity Strategies for Executives

Cybersecurity Strategies for Executives

As an executive, you are on the front lines of protecting your organization’s security and maintaining business operations. In this eight-week online program from Chicago Booth, you’ll learn how you can play a unique role in helping your organization stay safe in this increasingly digital world.

State Representative Maurice West
05/13/2020

State Representative Maurice West

Join Faith In Place, myself and some of my colleagues as we discuss ways our communities have been impacted by COVID-19, relief efforts in our districts, and how we are supporting equitable recovery policies. Learn more and register: bit.ly/FIPcovidconvo

Fair Practices in Contracting Task Force
04/29/2020

Fair Practices in Contracting Task Force

In this chaotic effort to obtain supplies, the Trump administration paid $55 million to Panthera Worldwide LLC, a compan...
04/16/2020
The Trump administration paid a bankrupt company with zero employees $55 million for N95 masks, which it's never manufactured

In this chaotic effort to obtain supplies, the Trump administration paid $55 million to Panthera Worldwide LLC, a company with no expertise in the world of medical equipment, for N95 masks, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Panthera's parent company filed for bankruptcy protection last fall, and one of its owners last year said it'd had no employees since May 2018, The Post reported, citing sworn testimony. It's no longer listed as an LLC in Virginia, where its main office is, after fees went unpaid, the newspaper said. Panthera, which describes itself as a tactical training company for the US military and other government agencies, has no record of producing medical supplies or equipment! #MakingAmericaJustWhatAgain

FEMA told Insider it "does not enter into contracts unless it has reason to believe they will be successfully executed."

SBA publishes new PPP guidance for the self-employed and general partners
04/15/2020
SBA publishes new PPP guidance for the self-employed and general partners

SBA publishes new PPP guidance for the self-employed and general partners

The US Small Business Administration issued guidance for independent contractors, sole proprietors and others with self-employment income to apply for forgivable loans under the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

Any legislator that really wants to see the country recover from this current pandemic, must approach recovery using a r...
04/07/2020
Black Businesses Left Behind in Covid-19 Relief

Any legislator that really wants to see the country recover from this current pandemic, must approach recovery using a racial equity framework. Political leaders must address the failures of the past that still extract wealth from black people and their assets, making them more vulnerable to inevitable shocks to the market, such as hurricanes, housing bubbles, and pandemics like the one we’re in now. If we really want a solid recovery in the short and long term, spending bills must address the needs that still exist. If we are all in this together, then we must all address the anti-black legislation that kept black people in a state of emergency before the emergence of Covid-19.

The latest U.S. coronavirus aid package promises a partial and uneven economic recovery that leaves behind the African American community.

Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
03/07/2020

Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection

The first #ChiSmallBizExpo of 2020 is Saturday, March 7 from 10AM-2PM at Kennedy-King College, U Building (740 W. 63rd St., Chicago).
The Small Business Expo brings business resources to the community. There will be City license experts, exhibitors, workshops, a legal and tax clinic, consumer corner, tech lane, and much more!
Register at www.ChiSmallBizExpo.com

City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road Expo
06/23/2019
City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road Expo

City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road Expo

The next City of Chicago Small Business Center on the Road Expo will be on Thursday, June 27th at 1871-theMART, 222 W. Merchandise Mart #1212, Chicago. The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection invites small business owners and entrepreneurs to its FREE smallbusiness...

06/17/2019

Black Biz Meetup
Tonight @ CBI @ 6pm
5120 S King Drive
Dr. Willie Wilson Update

NOFO Minority Small Business Proposal Review Workshop
05/13/2019
NOFO Minority Small Business Proposal Review Workshop

NOFO Minority Small Business Proposal Review Workshop

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Office of Minority Economic Empowerment has posted two Notification of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for a total of $15 million to provide minority-owned businesses with resources to help create jobs, build capacity, increase revenues, and expand....

04/25/2019
World Business Chicago
04/25/2019

World Business Chicago

@JoinChiBizHub is open for business! Small businesses are the heart of Chicago’s economy. Make sure you stay connected to the right network at ChiBizHub.com. Visit us at the Hub! #ConnectToTheHub

The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors has approved 12 new construction and professional engineering service contracts ...
04/02/2019
Illinois Tollway approves $147M in construction and pro contracts in March

The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors has approved 12 new construction and professional engineering service contracts totaling more than $147 million at its March meeting. That includes $74 million in contract awards to advance the Central Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294) Project in 2019, the tollway says in a press release. https://www.equipmentworld.com/illinois-tollway-approves-147m-in-construction-and-pro-contracts-in-march/

The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors has approved 12 new construction and professional engineering service contracts totaling more than $147 million at its March meeting. That includes $74 million in contract awards to advance the Central Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294) Project in 2019, the to...

Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) Workshop
04/01/2019
Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) Workshop

Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) Workshop

Are you a new business owner? Interested in becoming an entrepreneur? Are you looking for financing opportunities to meet your present needs and prepare you for future growth? If so, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, along with the SBDC, invite you to join us at the ADME Bu...

FREE WORKSHOP: ACCESS to CAPITAL A-Z by Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center Tuesday, April 9, 2019 9:30 AM – 12...
03/30/2019
ACCESS to CAPITAL A-Z

FREE WORKSHOP: ACCESS to CAPITAL A-Z by Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center Tuesday, April 9, 2019 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Chicago Urban League 4510 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60653
Come join us to learn more about the various lending opportunities for Entrepreneurs. #OperationHOPE
Topics will include:
Access to Capital for the Credit and Loan Ready
Access to Capital for the Low-Credit Scorers, including "The Unfundables"
Financial Literacy Classes, including Strategies to Increase Your Credit Score
Learn about green incentive programs and green efficiency products for your business
Plus, connect with the following Special Guest:
CIBC
KIVA
LISC
SomerCor
Tru Crowd
12 Five Capital
Illinois Green Alliance
ACCION (Micro-Lender)
Community Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI)
The Chicago Urban League Financial Empowerment Center
Gain More Borrowing Strategies and Power in 2019...REGISTER TODAY!

Come join us to learn more about the various lending opportunities for Entrepreneurs. Topics will include: Access to Capital for the Credit and Loan Ready Access to Capital for the Low-Credit Scorers, including "The Unfundables" Financial Literacy Classes, including Strategies to Increase Your Credi...

01/11/2019
Opportunity Zone Expo

Opportunity Zone Expo

"The Most Unbelievable TAX BREAK EVER Created by Billionaires" - FORBES

Learn about Opportunity Zone Investments at our 1 day seminar in Los Angeles on Jan 25th 2019.

Network with industry experts and our public figure keynote speakers.

Our tickets are currently on Early Bird discount with limited seating available!

Find out more information at this link:

https://lp.opportunityzoneexpo.com/info

City of Chicago 2019 Construction Summit by City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) Wednesday, February...
12/27/2018
2019 Construction Summit

City of Chicago 2019 Construction Summit by City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM JLM Center 2622 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60612 #YesWeBuild
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-construction-summit-registration-53150843604

The City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is hosting its 7th annual Construction Summit. This event will feature over 65 exhibitors, providing information for attendees to speak with subject-matter experts from government agencies, assist agencies, and support organizations about....

12/12/2018
Get On Board Business-to-Business Networking Event by CREATE Program Partners Thu, January 24, 2019 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM Ke...
12/10/2018
Get On Board Business-to-Business Networking Event

Get On Board Business-to-Business Networking Event by CREATE Program Partners Thu, January 24, 2019 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM Kennedy-King College
740 West 63rd Street U-Building Chicago, IL 60621 Learn about bid opportunities related to the CREATE Program, including the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project.

Certified disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) businesses will have the opportunity to: Meet with rail industry prime contractors representing engineering, design and construction firms. Meet with procurement experts from the railroads. Learn about bid opportunities related to the CREATE Program,...

Get On Board Business-to-Business Networking Event
12/10/2018
Get On Board Business-to-Business Networking Event

Get On Board Business-to-Business Networking Event

Certified disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) businesses will have the opportunity to: Meet with rail industry prime contractors representing engineering, design and construction firms. Meet with procurement experts from the railroads. Learn about bid opportunities related to the CREATE Program,...

B.U.I.L.D - Business Uplift In Leadership Development! Get Information on Our 3 Part B.U.I.L.D. Business Accelerator Pro...
10/19/2018
Project H.O.O.D. BUILD Launch Information Session

B.U.I.L.D - Business Uplift In Leadership Development! Get Information on Our 3 Part B.U.I.L.D. Business Accelerator Program The Total B.U.I.L.D. is a 12-Week Program delivered in 3 Components
Part 1 - Preparing to Startup the Right Way
Part 2 - Developing Your Action Plan
Part 3 - Accessing Capital to Launch and Scale
All Participants Who Complete the program will be given the opportunity to be a part of Our First Ever “In It to Win It” Business Pitch Competition! #BUILDSomethingGREAT
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-hood-build-launch-information-session-tickets-51475316056

Get Information on Our 3 Part B.U.I.L.D. Business Accelerator Program The Total B.U.I.L.D. is a 12-Week Program delivered in 3 Components Part 1 - Preparing to Startup the Right Way Part 2 - Developing Your Action Plan Part 3 - Accessing Capital to Launch and Scale All Participants Who Complete the....

10/18/2018
Illinois’ Future of Technology by Wintrust Thursday, October 25, 2018 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM UI LABS 1415 N Cherry Ave. Chica...
10/18/2018
Illinois’ Future of Technology

Illinois’ Future of Technology by Wintrust Thursday, October 25, 2018 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM UI LABS 1415 N Cherry Ave. Chicago, IL 60642 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/illinois-future-of-technology-registration-50754379716

As a proud sponsor of Illinois’ 200th birthday, we’re honored to recognize the past, present, and future of technology in our home state. That’s why we’re hosting a networking event for technology professionals in the Chicago area. Come learn from the experiences of tech leaders, hear valuab...

Chicago Department of Procurement Services
10/17/2018

Chicago Department of Procurement Services

RSVP now for the 10/17 DPS #Workshop, Your Business is Certified: Now What? This workshop provides valuable information to newly certified firms on how to compete for City contracts and resources available to certified firms. Starts at 2:30 pm bit.ly/2oC4bEv

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