Chicago District wins top USACE award for FY19 Small Business program

Published Dec. 5, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District was recognized as the top district in USACE for awarding about 85% of its FY19 contracts to small businesses and about 20% of its contracts to disabled, veteran-owned small businesses at the 2019 Society of American Military Engineers’ Federal Small Business Conference in Dallas, Texas, last month. The awards, based Corps wide, were awarded by Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, USACE commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Houston, HQUSACE.


“We assist firms in doing business with the government to ensure small businesses have access to Chicago District contracts,” Michelle Williams, deputy for small business said. “We had $70,127,621 in contracting dollars this fiscal year, of which $59,574,929 was awarded to small businesses. Of that, $14,069,637 was awarded to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses – a feat we’re especially proud of.”


Our FY19 achievements were:

Small Business - 84.95%

Small Disadvantage Business - 42.78%

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business - 20.06%

Women-Owned Small Business - 7.43%

HubZone (Historically-Underutilized Business Zone) - 23.31%


For information about the Office of Small Business and resources, go to


Vanessa Villarreal

Release no. 19-012