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Supplier Diversity Program Outreach Events

2019 Chief Procurement Office & Public Institutions of Higher Education Diverse Business Opportunity Fair

Monday, October 21, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Student Union Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 2251 Richard Wright Dr, Springfield, IL 62703.

This exciting event is part of an initiative to increase diversity among university and college departments and help diverse businesses gain more access to the procurement process. Participating firms that have historically lacked opportunity will have the unique opportunity to connect with you and other businesses to help grow their business.

2019 Diverse Business Opportunity Fair at UIUC

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at the iHotel Conference Center, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820. The fair will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., followed by a networking reception from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The Diverse Business Opportunity Fair is part of an initiative organized to increase diversity among university departments and help diverse businesses gain more access in the procurement process.

Partnering With Our Veteran Businesses

This event is intended for veteran-owned small business and service disabled veteran-owned businesses to attend and learn about procurement opportunities with Higher Education Institutions and State Agencies.


Professional Service Symposiums

The Symposium provides a platform for diverse professional services firms and select suppliers to present their capabilities to key internal staff. The intent of this outreach initiative is to build relationships that may lead to procurement opportunities that meet the University of Illinois System's needs. The Professional Services Diversity Symposium will be key to increase spend with diverse firms.

2019 Professional Services Diversity Symposium  

2018 Professional Services Diversity Symposium  

2017 Professional Services Diversity Symposium  

2016 Professional Services Diversity Symposium  

2015 Professional Services Diversity Symposium  

2014 Strengthening Relationships and Expanding Opportunities

2013 Building Relationships and Expanding Opportunities


Construction Summit

The Construction Summit as an initiative to significantly increase diversity among higher education vendors through an event designed to help diverse businesses gain more access on construction projects.

2019 Construction Summit

Wednesday, November 4, 2019, at the Chicago Student Center East (SCE) from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Architects, Engineers, Design Professionals and Contractors, join us to learn how to become a successful partner with the University of Illinois System and network with other universities and governmental entities.

CONTRACTOR'S WORKSHOP - Room C 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This panel will help contractors understand upcoming Job Order Contracting (JOC) and the Contractor's Services Programs. Learn about the criteria the University evaluates and what contractors need to know to become successful proposers.

DESIGN PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP - Fort Dearborn Room 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This panel will provide insight into the Qualifications Based Section Process (QBS) & the design proposal submittal and evaluation process. Learn about the criteria the University evaluates and what A/E’s need to know to become successful proposers.

2019 Building Success Stories

2018 Developing People. Growing Business

2017 Building your Future with the University of Illinois

2016 Using Tools from Your Toolbox

2015 Building Bridges with Higher Education


Higher Education Diverse Business Opportunity Fairs

Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC) consists of the nine (9) state of Illinois universities and 13 campuses that work together as a single buying group to leverage their group purchasing power across a wide range of goods and services. The "Higher Education Diverse Business Opportunity Fair" is part of an initiative organized and sponsored by IPHEC through its Diversity Working Group to significantly increase diversity among higher education vendors through an event designed to help diverse businesses gain more access in the procurement process.

2015 Diverse Business Opportunity Fair at SIU

2015 Diverse Business Opportunity Fair at U of I

2015 Diverse Business Opportunity Fair at GSU

2014 Diverse Business Opportunity Fair at SIUE


Supplier Diversity Program Vendor Workshop

Pre-bid Meeting 

How to Bid Projects with the University of Illinois Capital Programs Division

What diverse contractors need to know to bid on Capital Projects at the University of Illinois System. 

Last Updated: January 10, 2020

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