• 27 Jan 2016 4:04 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Carol Siemion (pictured right) of Hopkins Illinois Elevator who was presented with a Lifetime Membership Award diuring the January Member Luncheon by President Katie Canino (pictured left).

    Thank you for your 26 years of membership with FWC.



  • 20 Jan 2016 10:32 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    On June 1st,  FWC will honor those who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to advocating for women-owned businesses and women executives in the construction industry.  

    We would appreciate your taking a few moments to complete the nomination form and returning it to the FWC Office via fax (312) 750-1203 or e-mail, no later than February 25, 2016

    Everyone who submits this form will be entered into a raffle drawing to win 1 FREE ticket to the Women Rock event on June 1st.  That’s a $199 value! 

    Questions?  Call FWC at (312) 360-1122.

    Thank you!

  • 28 Dec 2015 11:33 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Congratulations to FWC Board Member, Christy Webber, Christy Webber Landscapes, who was recently awarded “Person of the Year” from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. 

    Christy will receive her award on February 4, 2016. 

    For information, click here:



  • 23 Dec 2015 3:27 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Kaney O’Neill, President and Founder of O’Neill Contractors, Inc. and FWC Board Members. Kaney was recently selected as a Leadership Institute Advisor/Fellow for ADA Chicago Legacy: The Leadership Institute for People with Disabilities.

    ADA 25 Chicago was formed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015. To leverage this historic milestone and to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through building public awareness, ADA 25 Chicago is committed to partnering commitments in four key areas: EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, COMMUNITY INCLUSION and TECHNOLOGY.

    To learn more about the ADA 25 Chicago – log on to

  • 22 Dec 2015 3:37 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Congratulations to FWC Executive Director, Beth Doria, on being named one of Crain's Chicago Business Who's Who in the December 21, 2015 issue of people you should know in Chicago - "From Fortune 500's to the city's leading builders, doers and rainmakers."

    We're so proud of you, Beth!

  • 26 Aug 2015 2:30 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Position Announcement:

    Buyer McCormick Place

    SMG, the leader in privately managed public assembly facilities has an excellent and immediate opening for a Buyer at the McCormick Place Facility. The Buyer will be responsible for purchasing and negotiating materials, equipment, supplies and services from vendors to meet the needs of user departments within the McCormick Place Facility while ensuring SMG policies, procedures and statues are observed.


    Assists with the procurement of high quality goods and services on a timely basis consistent with established policies and procedures.

    Assists in the planning and preparation of Requests for Proposals (RFP’s), bid documents and Invitation for Bids ("IFB’s") in line with statutes and sound purchasing practices:

    o Plans for future bids/proposals based on user needs and review of the Contract Listings at least 6 – 9 months prior to expiration.

    o Works with user departments to prepare appropriate bid and proposal specifications.

    o Coordinates response to questions from vendors concerning bids/proposals.

    o Evaluates proposals for statutory and business requirements.

    o Guides and assists user departments in the business and technical evaluation of the bids/proposals.

    •  Assists Manager in analyzing all bid results and completion of administrative processes to prepare recommendation to user departments.
    • Determines appropriate sources for purchase of goods and maintains cooperative working relations with vendors to stay current with trends and technologies, products and services.
    • Assists Manager in analytical review, recordkeeping and managing of all vendor contracts.

    • Identifies and recommends opportunities to reduce costs through the procurement of goods and services.

    • Serves as liaison to vendors and user departments by providing guidance relating to purchasing procedures and issues associated with contracts and/or bids.
    • Performs all other job duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University in Procurement/Materials Management, Finance, Public or Business Administration or a related field; or equivalent work experience may be considered.
    • Minimum of three (3) years of work related experience within purchasing and/or contract administration and negotiation including experience in the preparation of bid documents and proposals.
    • Excellent organizational skills with proven ability to prioritize effectively.
    • Strong knowledge of PC software, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Knowledge of Solomon system a plus.
    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
    • Demonstrated ability to make sound business judgments.
    • Ability to take tasks that are not clearly defined and appropriately define problems and propose and implement solutions.
    • Ability to work under limited supervision and to interact with all levels of staff including management.
    • Ability to work long and irregular hours that may vary due to functions and may include day, evenings, weekends and holidays. Must be capable and willing to do excessive walking and lifting up to 20 pounds.
    • Must be able to work flexible work hours commensurate with outreach event schedules and event needs.




    This position offers a competitive salary and benefit package. Please submit your resume/cover letter along with salary requirements to:


    Erica Smith
    McCormick Place/SMG – Human Resources
    301 E. Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616
    Phone Number (312) 791-6131
    Fax Number: (312) 791-6449

    SMG is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and encourages Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities

  • 19 Aug 2015 11:43 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    The CPS DPS contracts for over $2 billion of goods and services annually for the City of Chicago.  Our open bid and solicitation process ensures fairness, competition and best value. Procurement Services explores best solutions for Chicago's diverse needs.  We improve our contracts by using City of Chicago certified firms and green procurement initiatives.  We generate revenue through our auctions that promote reuse and recycling. All this is done by complying with various legislative parameters that guide us. 

    To view the current contracts up for bid, through the
    City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services  click here. 

  • 05 Jun 2015 11:24 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Click here to view the Spring 2015 issue of American DBE Magazine. 

    See pages 8-9 for the article titled "FWC:  Illinois Women Rock"

  • 14 May 2015 2:32 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    The Illinois Tollway is hosting a free networking event to introduce the agency's new Job Order Contracting (JOC) Facilities Program and provide details on how contractors and subcontractors can get involved in the agency's facilities-related projects.

    The JOC Facilities Program will allow the Illinois Tollway to complete facilities-related projects at its headquarters, maintenance sites and toll plazas in a timely and cost-effective manner.

    The JOC Networking Event is open to all firms involved in facility construction, repairs and rehabilitation, including general contractors and subcontractors. We invite you to attend the free event to learn about the following topics:

    • The JOC Facilities Program process and benefits to contractors
    • How to do business with the Tollway
    • The upcoming invitation for bid, which is the Tollway's process for asking contractors to submit proposals on specific projects, including information about:
      • Contract documents
      • Construction Task Catalog
      • Technical specifications
      • Diversity requirements

    Join us on Tuesday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Ave. in Oak Lawn.

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other construction contractors and subcontractors, including Business Enterprise Program-certified firms; disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprises; veteran-owned and service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses; as well as small businesses.

    Presenters include:
    Stephanie Stephens, Illinois Tollway General Manager of Diversity
    Derek LaDuke, The Gordian Group

    Register online now

    Online registration is available until Monday, May 18, at noon.

    On-site registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

    Please contact Don Wilson via email with any questions.

  • 11 May 2015 4:14 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) in partnership with JP Morgan Chase, is proud to announce that Kaney O’Neill, owner of ONeill Contractors, is the 2015 Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year®.

    “Kaney is such an inspiration to women vetrepreneurs across the country,” said Mimi Lohm, NaVOBA Vice President of Corporate Relations and Development. “She embodies the qualities that make military veterans so successful as entrepreneurs. We are proud to celebrate her success, her tenacity, her work ethic, and her ability to overcome challenges.”

    O’Neill suffered a terrible injury while serving in the Navy but instead of giving up, she refused to take no for an answer. Now, she’s a successful woman business owner in a male-dominated industry and has set an ambitious goal to build on her success having landed contracts with Boeing, the U.S. Navy and the City of Seattle, just to name a few.

    After recovering from her injuries, she went on countless interviews but struggled to find a job, despite the fact that she had bachelors and master’s degrees from Northwestern University.

    “Of course, I didn’t know for sure, but I think when they saw the chair, they thought I couldn’t do the job,” she said. “I thought that if I had my own business, it wouldn’t matter if I was in a wheelchair. I come from a family of roofers, so it made sense,” she said. “I am honored to receive this award and am living proof that despite what challenges you may face in life anything is possible!”

    Today O’Neill contractors has 18 employees and works on major contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and even worked on the Hines VA Hospital where she recuperated from her own injuries. To top it off, O’Neill Contractors, Inc. recently landed a multi-year contact with the Navy.

    “We are very proud to present the 2015 Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year Award to Kaney O’Neill,” said Kenneth Litton, JPMorgan Chase’s Chief Procurement Officer. “JPMorgan Chase has a deep and long-term commitment to supporting veterans and veteran-owned businesses. Kaney’s contributions to our nation are both inspiring and humbling. It is our honor to recognize her and her contributions to the business community.”

    NaVOBA and JP Morgan Chase will present O’Neill with her award at special ceremony as part of the 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Annual Convention on June 23 in Austin, Texas. Joining O’Neill will be four other Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year finalists; Kristina Guerrero, owner of TurboPup, Paris Love, owner of the Paris Love Productivity Institute, Angela Cody-Rouget, owner of Major Mom, and Jo Ann Martinez, founder of Women Veterans Connect. Each woman’s remarkable story is featured in the May issue of Vetrepreneur magazine. 

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