Mayor Emanuel and Cook County Board President Preckwinkle Announce Reciprocal Certification for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

New Program Will Spur Job Creation by Allowing Businesses to Save Time and Money While Eliminating Bureaucracy

CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced a reciprocal certification program the two governments have agreed upon, which will create crucial jobs in women- and minority-owned businesses in Chicago and Cook County. The new program will allow small minority- and women-owned businesses to be certified by just one government, and have that certification accepted by both entities.

“I am committed to finding additional ways to collaborate with President Preckwinkle and the County government, particularly on important issues such as these, which create jobs and opportunity in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The reforms we are proposing today are commonsense changes that will cut through bureaucracy and make processes easier and more efficient for business owners.”

“The new certification process offers one-stop shopping for minority and women owned businesses – another way county and city government are working together to streamline processes and provide opportunity in challenging economic times,” President Preckwinkle said.  “We are always searching for creative ways to empower small businesses and help level the playing field, and our office is also committed to ensuring the program is fair, honest and open.”

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