The Chicago Minority Business Development Council, Inc. (CMBDC) is a premier organization for increasing business opportunities between major buying organizations and minority-owned businesses.

The City of Chicago’s Minority and Women-Owned Business (M/WBE) Certification Program demonstrates the City’s continued commitment to the success of minority-and women-owned businesses by offering certification opportunities to MBE and WBE firms.


CMS promotes the economic development of diverse businesses – those owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. In Illinois, State agencies are encouraged to purchase at least 19% of their goods and services from BEP-certified businesses. BEP certification opens up doors to other opportunities with public and private buyers looking to diversify their suppliers.