Historic 50th Annual Supplier Diversity Conference Propels Minority Business




ChicagoMSDC and Allstate to Present Historic Supply Chain Diversity Conference!  

Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council partners with Allstate to present the historic
50th annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (CBOF) on April 20-21, 2017. #CBOF50


/ Chicago, IL., Jan. 11, 2017 / -- Today, the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (ChicagoMSDC) announced Allstate will be the presenting sponsor for the 50th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair to be held April 20-21, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This year’s CBOF50 will be historic, celebrating the nation’s longest-running trade fair dedicated to economic growth and empowerment of minority businesses.

The 50th anniversary will also mark Allstate’s 10th consecutive year as the CBOF presenting sponsor. “Allstate is proud of its continued partnership with ChicagoMSDC and CBOF is such a success,” said Cheryl Harris, Allstate’s senior vice president of Sourcing & Procurement Solutions.

The Chicago Business Opportunity Fair is a critical engagement for Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, and Chicago-area business resource organizations committed to diverse supply chains locally, nationally and globally. Minority business enterprises(MBEs) are essential and diverse suppliers are essential to the nation’s economic growth domestically and globally.

“Allstate benefits from leveraging events like CBOF to connect with certified MBEs as it allows us to increase our effectiveness in the diverse supply chain. Empowering MBEs to grow their businesses will also help create economic development opportunities in our local communities,” Harris continued.

The ChicagoMSDC will host more than 2,000 attendees for the 50th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair. Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene to make new connections, strengthen established relationships, share experiences and celebrate successes. (Video).

The CBOF50 conference will feature:

  • Educational workshops and supply chain discussions
  • Corporate 1-on-1 Power Pitch sessions
  • MBEIC Awards Reception and Dinner
  • Sponsors Breakfast and Keynote Speaker
  • Trade Fair and Networking Reception


Registration is now open. Event tickets, full conference registration and trade fair booth reservations are available online until March 31, 2017. Registration details and deadlines are available at cbof.chicagomsdc.org


About ChicagoMSDC

The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council is a 501(c)3 organization, and one of twenty-three affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Our mission is to certify, develop, connect, and advocate for minority businesses while creating sustainable and profitable relationships between minority suppliers and major buying organizations.



For additional inquiries, please call the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council at 312-755-8880. Event Contact: Cynthia Jordan, Director of Events, ChicagoMSDC