The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA) encourages minority and women-owned businesses to participate in our procurement process. MPEA is committed to including a diverse pool of vendors in our supplier base. We have participation goals of twenty-five percent for minority-owned businesses (MBE) and five percent for women-owned businesses (WBE). MPEA achieves its goals through direct awards and subcontracting. Interested firms should view our Current and Upcoming Opportunities pages for announcements in your area of expertise. To ensure that you are directly notified of opportunities, please complete our Vendor Registration Form.
In order to participate in our Business Diversity Program, firms must be certified as minority or women owned businesses. MPEA does not certify. Firms must be certified by one of the five entities from which we accept certifications. Currently we accept certifications from the City of Chicago, Cook County Government, the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services, Chicago Minority Business Development Council, and the Women's Business Development Council. If you are interested in becoming certified by one of these entities, please contact them directly. For your convenience, links to their websites are on our Useful Links page.
The Business Diversity Department participates in a number of outreach events to promote our upcoming procurement opportunities within the minority and women-owned business community. To view a list of events that we are scheduled to participate in, please click here. In addition, there are various organizations that provide assistance to businesses to help them grow. This includes everything from developing a business plan to securing a small business loan. For your convenience, we have provided links to their websites on our Useful Links page.