Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program

The Small Business Program is designed to give certified small businesses an opportunity to bid as primes on CTA contracts under $5 million with sufficient Small Business availability. Under the program, selected contracts will be set aside for small businesses to bid on as prime contractors.

Certifying as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

  1. The company must meet the size standards for small businesses as revised by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for the industry in which it works.
  2. Small businesses can now apply for their Small Business certification by submitting a SBE Certification Application. If you are currently certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with one of the other four Illinois Unified Certification Program (IL-UCP) members you are considered a SBE and do not have to complete the verification process.
  3. Current DBE certified companies can opt into the Small Business Enterprise Program by submitting a SBE Acknowledgement Form and a copy of your current DBE certification letter.

Submission of a bid

Vendors must submit verification of SBE certification to the CTA when submitting a bid as described in the special conditions included in the bid package.

For information and/or questions about the CTA Small Business Enterprise Program, please call (312) 681-2600 or e-mail

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