49th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair

The ChicagoMSDC invites you to the 49th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair, the 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 #CBOF49 will be held April 21-22, 2016 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 #CBOF49

 

Register online before April 8, 2016. After this date on-site registration is required and higher 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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Speakers

 

We invite you to meet the 49th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair Honorary Chairs!

Alan Salter

Global Category Manager

Procurement
TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICALS

Alexandra Bansal

Supply Manager

Category Management Team Co-Lead
NAVISTAR INC

Bridget Carter

Manager, Supplier Diversity

CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT
Industry Panel Speaker

Byron Witherspoon

Director, Supplier Diversity

AMEREN
Workshop Panel Speaker

Eric Craft

Procurement Director

Material, Services, and Equipment
BP AMERICA INC

George Mui

Market Access Team Lead

US DEPT of COMMERCE MBDA
National Export & Trade Seminar

Gina Fabian

Managing Partner

THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW GROUP

Herb Stokes

Chief Marketing Officer

MBEIC Committee Member
BURCHELL UPHOLSTERY

Hill Harper

Author, Actor, & Activist

CBOF49 SPONSORS BREAKFAST
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jared Kelly

Principal Consultant

CEI MEDIA GROUP
Tech Workshop Presenter

Jerrold R. Hill

Managing Director, SD

AGL Resources
CBOF49 Chairperson & Speaker

Joshua Gutstein

Sr. Financial Consultant

MBDA BUSINESS CENTER
Accounting & Legal Lounge

Judy Mathews

Founder & President

COMMUNITY INTERFACE, INC.

Julia Guan

Certification Manager

IT Specialist
CHICAGOMSDC

Kurt Summers Jr.

City Treasurer

CITY OF CHICAGO

Martin Greene

Managing Partner

GREENE AND LETTS

Nicole Premo

Partner Education Lead

GOOGLE

Rochelle Taylor

Purchasing Supervisor

HARRAH'S JOLIET CASINO & HOTEL

Shondra Wilson

Procurement Consultant

MBDA
BUSINESS CENTER CHICAGO

Terry Miller

Manager/Attorney

Diverse Business Empowerment
EXELON

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