52nd Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair

The ChicagoMSDC invites you to the historic 52nd 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 1,000 corporate executives, minority business owners and government officials attend each year.

Presented by Allstate the Chicago Business Opportunity Fair #CBOF52 will be held April 17-18, 2019 at the Navy Pier Chicago.

Who will attend CBOF52

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.



    Wednesday, April 17th begins with educational workshops and the invitation-only corporate 1-on-1 meetings.  Suppliers will interact with corporate leaders, buyers, and our supplier diversity community leaders throughout the day in various interactive sessions.



    Thursday, April 18th begins with a huge Sponsors Breakfast featuring a high profile keynote speaker before the Trade Fair.


Connecting with prospects

Establishing, maintaining 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.  CBOF is 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 1-on-1 meetings, Wednesday, April 17th.

  • The ultimate marketplace to meet and connect with other suppliers, resource organizations, and prospective buyers is at the CBOF Trade Fair, Thursday, April 18th.

Attend #CBOF52


On-site registration at Navy Pier opens at 7:00 am Wed, April 17, 2019. On-site registration prices will apply.

Register On-Site Pre-Sale Closed

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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Honorary Chairs


We invite you to meet the 52nd Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair Honorary Chairs!

Jimmy Akintonde

President and CEO

Ujamaa Construction Inc.

Arthur Z. Miller

President and CEO


Jerry J. Fulmer

Vice President

WEC Energy Group

Charles Matthews

President and CEO

Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas

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