Corporate One-on-One Smart Sessions



In 2017, the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council and MBDA Business Center Chicago hosted over 800 meetings between more than 50 corporate hosts and 175 participating minority business enterprises (MBEs). Corporations sought suppliers of a wide range of goods and services to fill upcoming contract opportunities.

SMART SESSIONS are designed to help corporate buyers and decision makers source qualified MBEs capable of joining their supply chain. This year will be even bigger with new opportunities! SMART SESSIONS are organized on Corporations use the portal to view MBE profiles and invite MBEs for pre-scheduled meetings.

Minority Business Eligibility:

Corporate One-on-One Smart Sessions are by invitation only. Corporate members only meet with their choice of suppliers. All interested suppliers must be certified minority business enterprises by the ChicagoMSDC or an NMSDC affiliate. To be considered, minority business suppliers must have a fully completed profile registered on prior to the deadline February 26, 2018.

There is NO FEE to set up your profile. Only MBEs that are matched with an interested corporate member will pay registration fee. In situations where the MBE has a profile but no matches are found, then no meetings will be scheduled and registration fee is not applicable. A flat $150 fee ($200 for non-NMSDC certified MBEs) applies if you accept at least one Smart Session invitation (MBEs may accept all invitations as they desire without limit).  FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Corporate Participation:

This year’s One-on-One Smart Sessions will make sourcing MBEs easier than ever. With our match making portal, corporate buyers and procurement officers have the ability to search MBE profiles and sign up for 15 minute meetings. Corporate members only meet with their choice of certified minority-owned suppliers. To get started, corporate buyers or procurement officers register on by February 26, 2018 to search the database and choose MBEs for private one-on-one sessions.

#CBOF51 Chicago Business Opportunity Fair:

Please note that registration for the 51st Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair is separate.  All Smart Sessions buyers and suppliers are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of the entire conference. 

If your firm is looking for more visibility, greater access, more recognition or preferred scheduling, please contact us about CBOF51 sponsorship levels or event tickets. Conference details are available in the official registration guide.

Key Contacts:

Please contact us for access, techhnical assistance or additional information.

Joshua Gutstein, Senior Financial Consultant | Email: | Phone: 312-755-2564

Stefanie Garcia, Program Manager | Email: | Phone: 312-755-2554


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