Our Vision

“To provide a process that offers 'driven' individuals the opportunity to participate in the promise of the American dream to improve the status of their businesses, their staff and teams, their families and their communities.  Construction is one of the last bastions of wealth for diverse firms.”
― Suzanne F. Stantley

The Small Business Act authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain requirements for competition solely amongst certain small business groups and the federal government is obligated to award a certain percentage of its contracts to various underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. 

Participation is another display of the federal government’s commitment to bolstering the DBE sector. 

TOOLS builds business competencies utilizing an array of platforms enabling participating disadvantaged, minority, women-owned or veteran business enterprise (D/M/W/VBE) to compete for prime and subcontracting opportunities on construction projects offered by government, municipalities or private sector entities.

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TOOLS builds upon the tremendous  work we've been involved in for more than a decade in the areas of training , mentoring, and industry leaders' presentations.


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Contract Advisors has been awarded multiple Agreements for MBE/WBE Training programs. They have successfully developed and conducted these programs on behalf of City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services which were designed to provide diverse and emerging construction business owners with a better understanding of industry principles and practices to assist them in operation more efficient businesses.  Contract Advisors has produced more than forty workshops and training events during the years of our affiliation.   The training offered by Contract Advisors supports the City of Chicago’s mission to assist minority and women-owned businesses with obtaining contracting opportunities in order to become more profitable and self-sufficient.

Shannon Andrews, Former Chief Procurement Officer City of Chicago