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Record #: SR2019-685   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 9/18/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Contracting Oversight and Equity
Final action: 1/15/2020
Title: Call for Chief Purchasing Officer and Department of Procurement Services to make business development resources available to LGBT business enterprises
Sponsors: Lightfoot, Lori E. , Vasquez, Jr., Andre
Attachments: 1. SR2019-685.pdf, 2. R2019-685.pdf
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule municipality as described in Section 6(a), Article VII of the 1970 Constitution of the State of Illinois, and, as such, may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs; and
WHEREAS, the City, through its Department of Procurement Services ("DPS"), is responsible for the contracting of goods and services for the City; and
WHEREAS, The City's significant lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ("LGBT") populations ma^^ and

WHEREAS, Many members ofthe City's LGBT community are business owners; and
WHEREAS, Ensuring the success of the business community is vital to the City's growth, and improving the quality of life for its residents; and

WHEREAS, The. City is committed to providing historically underrepresented business owners equal opportunities to compete and succeed, and to increasing the number and diversity of supplier options for City procurement; and

WHEREAS, The City already provides inclusionary measures for underrepresented business enterprises that are minority-, women-, or veteran-owned, or owned or operated by people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, The City already adheres to non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity policies that include LGBT individuals with regard to individual hiring practices; and

WHEREAS, The City recognizes LGBT inclusion as a best practice conducted by private industry, as well as by state and municipal governments across the nation; and

WHEREAS, The City seeks to better understand the LGBT business community by collecting data related to. LGBT-owned Business Enterprises ("LGBTBEs"), so that the City can help foster, development of, and expand the significant economic benefits created by, LGBTBEs; and

WHEREAS, The City wishes to partner with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and other entities that provide independent scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, networking oppdrtunit...

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