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Veterans Business Program (VBP)

VBP assist businesses owned by qualified service disabled and veteran-owned business gain access to State of Illinois contracting opportunities and participation in the competitive procurement process.

Program Eligibility

In order for a business to qualify as a Veteran Owned Business and participate in the program your business must be ALL of the following:

  • At least 51 percent owned by one or more qualified service-disabled veteran or veterans
    living in Illinois (Public Act 097-0260, Public Act 098-0307)
  • Applicant(s) must have valid DD214
  • Annual gross sales of less than $150 million
  • Home office in Illinois

Certification types and how to apply

Full VBP Certification

Approved certification is valid for 5 years with an annual No Change Affidavit (Annual Recertification) process.

Recognition Certification

VBP accepts certification from any of the following agencies for the Veterans Recognition.

Certification Process:

  • Cook County (Veteran/Services-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise)
  • Veteran Small Business Certification VetCert is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

​Recognition certification is valid for 1 year

Eligible businesses may be certified in one or more of the following programs: Business Enterprise Program, Veterans Business Program, and Small Business Set-Aside Program.

Contact Veterans Business Program (VBP)

State of Illinois
Commission on Equity and Inclusion
Veterans Business Program
115 S. LaSalle Street
Suite 4N
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone | 1-312-814-4190 or 1-800-356-9206

Hours of Operation | Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm