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Buy Local. Build Local. Work Local.
Lake County's new Buy Local. Build Local. Work Local. program aims to connect Lake County businesses--including women-owned and minority businesses--with government procurement opportunities. The program's overarching objective is to maximize participation from these businesses in the County's procurement process, while adhering to the law.
One key strategy of the program is to conduct targeted outreach to local, women-owned and minority businesses in an effort to keep dollars in Lake County and to promote workforce diversity.   

L/W/MBE Business Initiative

The County has retained Ralph G. Moore & Associates, Inc. (RGMA) to assist in development of a comprehensive economic opportunity program that includes recommended policies and procedures, outreach strategies, and job training and workforce programs. RGMA is a Chicago based firm and internationally recognized leader in the development and implementation of these programs.
 
Economic Opportunity Program

The County has adopted an Economic Opportunity Program (EOP) to increase procurement opportunities for Local, Women-Owned and Minority Business Enterprise (L/W/MBE). The goal is to maximize participation from L/W/MBE businesses interested in doing with Lake County, or connect them with other job assistance programs including training services, apprenticeship programs, and more. 

Learn more:
- EOP Program Overview
- The Job Center of Lake County /Workforce Development
State law mandates an open and competitive bidding process and requires that contracts be awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.  The County is prohibited from demonstrating a preference based on bidder's location, race, or gender. 
 
Questions
Contact Lake County Purchasing at 847.377.2929.


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