Chicago Business Opportunity Fair

54th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair

Looking Forward

The 2021 conference theme, Connecting the Dots: Business S.O.S. – Synergies! Opportunities! Solutions!, is all about looking forward, embracing change, identifying opportunities and creating synergies that exponentially expand our thinking, our sustainability, and our growth. We are all starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Chicago businesses are starting to open up again, and a new normal is starting to take hold in many aspects of life, business, and how we coexist. While we will still be meeting virtually this year, we have scheduled an exciting variety of online workshops that will engage you, get you thinking about growth opportunities, allow networking and connections to occur, and share ways to position your organizations for the future.

ChicagoMSDC remains steadfast in the focus of the four pillars of our National MSDC network: Certify, Develop, Connect, and Advocate. We work towards building profitable and sustainable relationships with mutually beneficial outcomes for all of our stakeholders by growing minority businesses locally, nationally, and globally.

New Is Now!

We are excited to announce that this year’s Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (CBOF54) presented by Allstate will expand on the digital format of last year, by delivering virtual and on-demand resources to our network. Flexibility is key, as we pivot to connect digitally and in-person; establishing new connections, and strengthening existing ones. As we all step back out into the world, ChicagoMSDC is optimistically looking towards a charting a new future as new ways of living, working, and doing business together continue to shoot up through the soil of the economic, cultural, and health challenges of the last year.

Registration Is Open!

Please join ChicagoMSDC as we host CBOF54 in our Virtual Conferencing Center Platform. Please review the registration guide to assist you with easily confirming your participation and attendance. If you need technical assistance to complete your registration, please contact

CBOF54 Attendee Pricing

Corporate Member $200
Corporate Member w/ Exhibit Booth $300
Corporate Non-Member $300
Corporate Non-Member w/ Exhibit Booth $400
General Attendee Ticket $200
Certified Supplier (MBE) $150
Certified Supplier w/ Exhibit Booth $200
Non-Certified Supplier $200
Government Agency $300
Government Agency w/ Exhibit Booth $400

You are Invited to Participate

ChicagoMSDC welcomes the business community and public sector to attend:

  • NMSDC-certified minority business enterprises (MBEs)
  • Other guests including non-MSDC certified minority firms, NMSDC affiliates, non-profit assist agencies
  • Corporate members (NMSDC Network)
  • Corporate, non-members

What to Expect from the Virtual Conference?

  • LIVE online workshop sessions for business development and personal growth
  • Video replay of all workshops on demand, on your own time.
  • Meet and greet your advocates from the ChicagoMSDC and MBDA centers.
  • Engage in real-time Q&A, chat sessions with speakers, panelists and ChicagoMSDC staff.

ChicagoMSDC Objectives

  • Celebrate and support the next generation of leaders, community advocates and owners.
  • Introduce minority-owned businesses to the value of certification and the process.
  • Deliver valuable insights to survive or minimize the negative effects of COVID-19.
  • Demonstrate how to leverage technology to innovate and operate more efficiently.
  • Connect certified MBEs to industry-specific, supplier integration opportunities.
  • Highlight and showcase outstanding corporations and minority businesses in our network.
  • Envision a new way forward with a refocused action plan for advocacy of minority communities.

CBOF 54 Sponsors

What's Next

  • August 2-6: ChicagoMSDC hosts Business Smart Week in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank. Events include our MBE 2 MBE Exchange, and Procurement Luncheon.
  • August 16: ChicagoMSDC hosts our annual Dolores Saxton Walker Scholarship Classic. Click HERE for more information. Click HERE to register.
  • September 22-23: ChicagoMSDC Business Symposium and MBEIC Awards.
  • Save the Date: CBOF 55 – April 2022!.