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State multiagency collaborative to host inaugural 2022 Vendor Summit

Full-day event will feature resources, education, and networking opportunities for vendors seeking to do business with State of Illinois agencies and state universities

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) recently announced details for the 2022 State of Illinois Vendor Summit, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.

The Summit will take place at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2022 State of Illinois Vendor Summit is an opportunity for interested businesses to connect with industry experts and government agencies, attend educational workshops presented by subject matter experts, and network with current and aspiring state vendors. Interested vendors can register at www.illinois.gov/vendorsummit.

This inaugural event is a collaboration with the Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC), the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

This full-day event will include multiple components in an effort to maximize the amount of information that is made available to attendees. An exhibit hall will feature exhibitors sharing information about upcoming contracting opportunities, trainings, and business development programs. These exhibitors will include state agencies, universities, and organizations providing technical assistance to interested vendors. Additionally, the Summit will include over a dozen workshops, designed to help businesses navigate state procurement processes and understand resources available to vendors to help grow their businesses.

“My administration is laser-focused on advancing equity not just in every industry, but in our state government too—and the 2022 State of Illinois Vendor Summit furthers that goal,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This day full of workshops, networking, and exhibits will equip underrepresented firms with the information they need to best position themselves for collaboration with current state vendors, government agencies, and state universities. I encourage all interested Illinois businesses to attend this wonderful summit, and I thank the cross-agency team for their leadership in putting this critical event together.”

The 2022 Vendor Summit is a key outreach initiative in the state’s efforts to diversify its vendor pool and provide equitable access to contracting opportunities for small, minority-owned, veteran-owned, women-owned, and other disadvantaged firms, including firms owned or operated by people with disabilities. Illinois is committed to achieving the aspirational goal of 30 percent of all eligible dollars being spent with Business Enterprise Program (BEP) certified firms. The Summit will include matchmaking sessions to encourage networking of contractors with diverse firms of all sizes and types.

The State of Illinois issues thousands of contracting opportunities annually. CMS launched the State of Illinois’ Quarterly Buying Plan to provide useful information and make vendors aware of the upcoming purchasing needs for a range of agencies. This initiative is led by the CMS Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BoSS) team, who is committed to ensuring vendors interested in providing their goods and/or services to the state are informed, prepared, and ready to respond to solicitations.

In addition to the quarterly forecast of upcoming opportunities, the plan features sections on doing business with the state and provides an overview of registration and pre-qualification requirements and how to access technical assistance. Interested businesses can prepare for the 2022 Summit by previewing the opportunities and resources highlighted in the latest edition of the Buying Plan at this link: https://cms.illinois.gov/content/dam/soi/en/web/cms/business/procurement/documents/soi-buyingplan2022.pdf

The schedule for the Summit is as follows:

8:30 – 9 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction

9 – 11:30 a.m. Workshops: Doing Business with State Agencies, Doing Business with Capital Development Board, Doing Business with Higher Education, Doing Business with Department of Transportation

11:30 a.m. – noon Commission on Equity & Inclusion: Overview & Introduction

Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch – Diversity Networking (Lunch will be provided.)

1 – 3:45 p.m.  Workshops: Legislation Impacts & Vendor Communication, Competitive Process & RFP 101, IT Procurement & Information Technology Resource Provider (ITRP), Role of the NIGP Code & Financial Disclosures, Commission on Equity & Inclusion BEP Programs, Cooperative Purchasing (CMS & CPO-GS) / Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC)

While the formal program is taking place, subject matter experts will be on-site to answer questions about upcoming contracting opportunities, navigating procurement processes, and accessing resources for businesses.

Confirmed agencies and organizations include:

  • Illinois Secretary of State
  • Illinois Office of Comptroller
  • Commission on Equity and Inclusion
  • Illinois State Board of Elections
  • Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC)
  • Chief Procurement Officers:
    • General Services
    • Capital Development Board
    • IDOT
  • CMS Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BoSS) BidBuy Helpdesk
  • Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
  • Illinois Procurement Gateway Helpdesk

For more information and to register, visit: www.illinois.gov/vendorsummit

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