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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Department of Commerce and Economic
5Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois
6is amended by adding Section 605-1032 as follows:
7    (20 ILCS 605/605-1032 new)
8    Sec. 605-1032. Office of Economic Equity and Empowerment.
9    (a) As used in this Section:
10    "Eligible not-for-profit corporation" means a
11not-for-profit corporation, as defined in Section 101.80 of
12the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986, that
13primarily serves minorities, women, veterans, or persons with
14a disability.
15    "Office" means the Office of Economic Equity and
17    (b) The Office of Economic Equity and Empowerment is
18hereby created within the Department. The Office shall assist
19minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses,
20veteran-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with
21disabilities, eligible not-for-profit corporations, and other
22underserved communities and constituencies through targeted
23programs, resources, and outreach and promotional activities.



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1The Office may engage in or conduct the following activities:
2        (1) promoting and conducting outreach efforts to
3    ensure access to State and federal funding opportunities,
4    and assisting minority-owned businesses, women-owned
5    businesses, veteran-owned businesses, businesses owned by
6    persons with disabilities, eligible not-for-profit
7    corporations, and other underserved communities and
8    constituencies in applying for and receiving loan funds in
9    the State;
10        (2) providing and hosting workshops and public forums
11    and engaging in outreach efforts for minority-owned
12    businesses, women-owned businesses, veteran-owned
13    businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities,
14    and other underserved communities and constituencies to
15    encourage participation in programs under the Business
16    Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with
17    Disabilities Act, and assisting those businesses in
18    becoming designated under that Act and under similar
19    certification programs;
20        (3) providing and hosting workshops and public forums
21    and engaging in outreach efforts that assist and educate
22    minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses,
23    veteran-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with
24    disabilities, eligible not-for-profit corporations, and
25    other underserved communities and constituencies on the
26    process of applying for and becoming certified to apply



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1    for State grant funds under the Grant Accountability and
2    Transparency Act;
3        (4) providing and hosting workshops and public forums
4    and engaging in outreach efforts that assist and educate
5    aspiring and existing minority-owned businesses,
6    women-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses,
7    businesses owned by persons with disabilities, eligible
8    not-for-profit corporations, and other underserved
9    communities and constituencies with understanding concepts
10    including, but not limited to, business formation and
11    not-for-profit incorporation, business planning, capital
12    access, and marketing a business or not-for-profit
13    corporation;
14        (5) administering programs established by the
15    Department or the General Assembly to provide grants to
16    minority-owned businesses, woman-owned businesses,
17    veteran-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with
18    disabilities, eligible not-for-profit corporations, and
19    other underserved communities and constituencies;
20        (6) coordinating assistance for minority-owned
21    businesses, woman-owned businesses, veteran-owned
22    businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities,
23    eligible not-for-profit corporations, and other
24    underserved communities and constituencies with other
25    State agencies;
26        (7) providing staff, administration, and related



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1    support required to administer this Section; and
2        (8) establishing applications, notifications,
3    contracts, and other forms and procedures, and adopting
4    rules deemed necessary and appropriate.
5    (c) The Office may use vendors or enter into contracts to
6carry out the purposes of this Section.