Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council


In a joint effort with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the IUBDC entered a partnership with the Kellogg Executive Program at Northwestern University to provide certified, established, expansion-oriented MBEs with the tools and skills needed to achieve and sustain accelerated growth.


Scholarship applications are accepted annually for participation in the program. Applications are evaluated and selected by a panel based on application responses. The following requirements will be considered when applying for this scholarship:

  • Must be certified National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) with a minimum of 3 years in business
  • Sales of more than $5 million for manufacturing and distribution firms and at least $3 million for service firms

Applications will be accepted beginning spring of 2023.

2022 SCHOLARSHIP winners


“It’s not how to grow your business but to be prepared for the growth,” is how Jeune summarizes her experience in the five-day program. She found the conversation between other entrepreneurs about the challenges and solutions they each experience to be beneficial; she believes every minority entrepreneur should attend the program.

DB Sterlin Consultants, Inc.
Regine Jeune, president
Certified MBE African American women-owned business enterprise

“The instructors offered expert advice on issues we deal with every day and provided a helpful framework for envisioning the future of our organizations. I appreciate the prior efforts of these trailblazers who came before us and have given so much to see other minorities live out their entrepreneurial dreams,” said Davis.

Lyons View Manufacturing & Supply, A Will Group Company
Joshua Davis, president
Certified MBE African American male-owned business enterprise


“Thanks to a scholarship program from IUBDC, we received  world-class training that will help us increase the value we provide to our utility customers.”

E.C. Ortiz & Company
Edilberto Ortiz, president
Certified MBE Asian male-owned business enterprise