Public Higher Education Bulletin
Business Enterprise Program
The Illinois Business Enterprise Program for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities (also known as MAFBE) promotes the economic development of businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities. The Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act is designed to encourage state agencies to purchase needed goods and services from businesses owned and controlled by members of these groups.
Illinois public universities purchase goods and services from businesses in accordance with the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act, which went into effect August 28, 1994.
Minority and Female Business Enterprise (MAFBE) Goals
The universities strive to achieve MAFBE procurement goals established by the Business Enterprise Program (BEP). Because these goals vary by business ownership status and category of procurement, we urge interested businesses to visit the Department of Central Management Services, Business Enterprise Program (BEP) web site to obtain additional details.
Application and Certification Process
A university may report expenditures only from businesses which have been certified by the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) as businesses owned by minorities, females, or persons with disabilities. The certification process is conducted by the BEP. In order to qualify, the business must (as required by the legislation) be 51% owned by one or more minority persons, and the management and daily business operations be controlled by one or more of the minority individuals who own it.
Businesses must complete an application form, and submit it to the BEP. The BEP reviews the applications, and often conducts other investigations into the validity and legitimacy of the information provided. Upon verification, the business enterprise is assigned a certification number. Businesses must re-certify every two years to be considered qualified MAFBE businesses.
The only agencies authorized to qualify or certify MAFBE businesses are:
- Business Enterprise Program of the Department of Central Management Services
- Illinois Department of Transportation
- Women's Business Development Center
- Chicago Minority Business Development Council
If you are a certified MAFBE vendor wishing to do business with one of the Illinois public universities, contact them directly.
Business Enterprise Program Reports
Each year the Illinois public universities report to the Business Enterprise Counsel on their utilization of businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities, in accordance with the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/15-25 (c-5). Below are the most recent annual reports submitted by the universities.
Some historical reports are also available online.
Questions regarding reports should be directed to the individual Illinois public universities.