The Government Contractors Business Forum (GCBF) is a distinguished business group of established government contractors and consultants in various industries that are seeking to significantly increase their market share in the public sector by: strengthening their governmental and business relationships; obtaining current procurement, bidding and contract information; and avoiding costly investigations which may result in civil and criminal penalties. The GCBF is committed to bringing together Chicago’s top contractors with governmental agencies to help facilitate their continued growth and success in a constructive, bold and newly designed business environment at The Metropolitan in the Willis Tower.
Participating businesses are invited to be a member of the GCBF and attend monthly meetings at The Metropolitan with key representatives of the City of Chicago and its sister agencies, Cook County, State of Illinois and the federal government. There will be a minimum of 12 meetings during the annual membership period. The primary purpose of the meetings is to keep the GCBF members abreast of current and pending developments in government procurement regulations, policies, legislation, business resources, DBE/MBE/WBE participation requirements and major contract opportunities. The Forum, which started ten years ago, is chaired by Anita Ponder, an attorney, consultant and partner at the national, full-service law firm of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. (QPWB), the largest minority and women-owned law firm in the nation.
GCBF Membership Fee Information
Forum meetings typically feature high-level government representatives who provide current, new and innovative procurement, bidding and contracting information. This information is intended to enable the GCBF members to: comply with governmental regulations, policies and legislation governing the participation of government contractors; identify and obtain business development, technical and financial resources; develop contracting and teaming relationships with other Forum members; and establish professional relationships with key government administrators pursuant to the applicable ethics guidelines.
The Forum strategically positions each GCBF member to successfully compete for contracting opportunities in the governmental marketplace by helping them to achieve the following goals:
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