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The PIPE Program


The PIPE Program (Progress, Insight & Performance Education), is a collaboration between Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council and the University of Phoenix. Aramark is a 2020-2021 Presenting Sponsor of this eight-week, advanced business management program that saves time and improves company performance.


Participant Eligibility

Participants must be employed by a company certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) through National Minority Supplier Development Council, City of Chicago, Cook County, or certified through the State of Illinois Business Enterprise Program (BEP.) The PIPE Program is recommended for officers or key employees who would benefit from sharpening their business skills. The courses are designed for individuals who already have basic business knowledge and experience.

Company Eligibility

Companies may only send individuals meeting all participant eligibility requirements.

  • Business owner must have at least three (3) years of experience developing/operating their company.
  • Company must have annual revenue. between $300,000 and $50,000,000 (USD)
  • Company must employ at least three (3) full or part-time employees.

Overview and Benefits


Class sessions will be held virtually as we recover from the impact of COVID-19. The Program cost is $2,500 per participant and sponsorships are available NOW to one participant per company! Please complete and return THE APPLICATION to be considered. Space is limited and registration closes when capacity is reached.

The PIPE Program helps drive the supplier diversity goals of ChicagoMSDC corporate members, as witnessed by Aramark, our 2020 presenting sponsor. In the blog extracted below, Aramark shares the history of their purchasing power and ChicagoMSDC engagement with the PIPE Program through Neda Sharp, Director of Program Development. The blog is sprinkled with testimonials from a few of the 21 scholarship recipients who were graduates of the PIPE Program-Cohort 3 in December 2020. We are grateful to Aramark for the partnership, promotion, and look forward to their sponsorship continuance in 2021.

Contact Information

Neda Sharp, Director of Program Development
Phone: 312-755-2554
Email Neda Sharp