50th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair

The ChicagoMSDC invites you to the historic 50th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair, the nation's first and region’s largest conference and trade fair connecting qualified, certified minority suppliers with corporate and government buyers. More than 2,000 corporate executives, minority business owners and government officials attend each year.

Presented by Allstate the Chicago Business Opportunity Fair #CBOF50 will be held April 20-21, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Who will attend CBOF49

The Chicago Business Opportunity Fair is the largest procurement conference and trade fair in our marketplace dedicated to connecting minority business enterprises (MBEs) with corporate and government buying organizations.

  • Established minority-owned businesses that buy and/or supply goods and services business-to-business.

  • Corporate and government buying organizations seeking minority-owned firms to diversify their supply chain.

  • Resource organizations that support small business development and growth for minority-owned enterprises.

Expanding your knowledge

Focusing on a few key areas to improve your knowledge, the Chicago Business Opportunity Fair provides excellent developmental resources to advance your knowledge of supplier diversity, sales and marketing, industry contracting and more.

  • Thursday, April 21st begins with educational workshops on corporate growth, getting connected online, and increasing capacity.  After the workshops, suppliers will hear from corporate panelists about specific requirements, expectations and strategies for contracting in healthcare, energy and gaming.

  • Friday, April 22nd begins with a huge Sponsors Breakfast and an internationally known keynote speaker.  Details to be announced.

Connecting with prospects

Establishing, maintaing and growing relationships is essential to success and the Chicago Business Opportunity Fair is the best way to connect with the supplier diversity community.

  • There are multiple networking events to attend to have casual interaction and conversations within the supplier diversity community.  The workshop networking luncheon, he MBEIC Awards Reception and Dinner, and the Topping Out to the 50th events create a perfect opportunity to jumpstart new relationships and reinvigorate established relationships.

  • By invitation only, corporate buyers will host short introductory procurement conversations with pre-selected, qualified minority business enterprises during the Corporate One-on-One meetings, Thursday, April 21st.

  • The ultimate marketplace to meet and connect with other suppliers, resource organizations, and prospective buyers is at the CBOF Trade Fair, Friday, April 22nd.

Attend #CBOF50


Early registration online ends October 28, 2016. After this standard registration prices will apply.

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Conference and Events


The Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (CBOF) has a distinguished history as a catalyst for developing partnerships between minority and majority-owned corporations and government agencies.

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We invite you to meet the 50th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair Honorary Chairs!

Anne Pramaggiore

President and CEO

CBOF50 Honorary Chairperson

Emmett Vaughn


CBOF50 Chairperson

Arthur Miller

President and CEO

CBOF50 Chairperson

Nathaniel Sutton


CBOF50 Chairperson

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