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Small Business

Believe it!  Small businesses are a formidable force in our national, regional and local economy; a driver that not only stimulates job creation, spurs innovative prowess and growth, but assists the US Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District acquire the necessary equipment, supplies and services to execute our mission--to provide valued, world class leadership, engineering services, and management capabilities to stakeholders and partners in the Chicago region, the nation, and abroad. 

The Chicago District (LRC) is one of seven districts that comprise The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD). The other districts include: Buffalo, NY (LRB), Detroit, MI (LRE), Huntington, WV (LRH), Louisville, KY (LRL) Nashville, TN (LRN) and Pittsburg, PA (LRP).

The Chicago District partners with both large and small firms to facilitate and complete projects in nine mission areas: Flood Risk Management, Shoreline Protection, Navigation, Environmental, Emergency Management, Overseas Contingency Operations, Aquatic Invasive Species, Regulatory Support, and Real Estate. Additionally, the Chicago District works to foster maximum practicable opportunity for Women-Owned Small Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zones, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, and Small Business concerns to participate in, and receive an equitable portion of contracts awarded, and ensure subcontractor opportunities are afforded as well.

Moreover, the Chicago District actively pursues value-add partnerships with federal and state agencies such as the Small Business Administration, General Service Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, in addition to associations and organizations like the Society of American Military Engineers for best practices and technical assistance programs. 

The Chicago District is committed to conducting business with qualified firms, and welcomes you to ask questions, or schedule a Capabilities Briefing with the Deputy for Small Business at

Business Opportunities Open House

Join us at the 2019 Business Opportunities Open House on Feb. 20

Save the date! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District is hosting a Business Opportunities Open House (BOOH) event on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chicago District Office, 231 S. LaSalle St., 16th Floor, Chicago, Ill. 60604.

This free event will allow federal, state, and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others to meet district leadership, program managers, and cost, civil, electrical, mechanical, and structural engineers, plus representatives in emergency management, real estate, regulatory, safety, navigation, public affairs, contracting, and small business to network and discuss construction procurement opportunities.

Registration information will be available soon. Point of contact is Michelle Williams, deputy for Small Business, at (312) 846-5565 or