BP America, Inc. "Building the Next"


ChicagoMSDC corporate member, board member and #CBOF51 benefactor sponsor, BP America, Inc., will lend its guidance and expertise as we promote this year’s theme: “Building the Next…”

It is our distinct honor and privilege to invite you to join the Chicago area business community for the 51st Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair #CBOF51 presented by Allstate to be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, April 24-25, 2018.

Last year the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (ChicagoMSDC) celebrated 50 years of service in the supplier diversity community.  We recognized legends who fiercely led us on the journey to establish a national network that grew from humble, yet powerful, beginnings in Chicago. We acknowledged founding corporate members, recognized deserving awardees, and thankfully partnered with a record-breaking 60 sponsors who supported this historic anniversary.

As the ChicagoMSDC begins a new journey, we must consider what’s next.  What is the future of supplier diversity?  What is the industry that will reshape our economy?  How will minority businesses develop, grow, and succeed in the supply chains of major corporations and government agencies?

ChicagoMSDC corporate member, board member and CBOF51 benefactor sponsor, BP America, Inc., will lend its guidance and expertise as we promote this year’s theme: “Building the Next…”

BP is a global innovator and our nation’s #1 energy investor (2017 Economic Impact Report). In fact, BP clearly has their eyes set to the future, investing $90 billion in US energy resources and building new assets, products and services that will change our global landscape.


#BP returns to the #solar business, forming partnership with @LightsourceRE to drive growth in worldwide #solar power development (tweet)

#BP invests in mobile #ElectricVehicle charging company @FreeWireTech to deliver rapid charging at retail sites (tweet)

BP supercomputer now world’s most powerful for commercial research #BPtech #technology (tweet)

#BP to build largest new lubricants plant to meet fast-growing demand in China (tweet)


The ChicagoMSDC is pleased to announce BP America, Inc. will support the 51st Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair with two honorary chairs: Doug Sparkman, Chief Operating Officer for Fuels, North America and Debra Jennings-Johnson, Senior Director Supplier Diversity. 

Our CBOF51 minority business enterprise honorary chairs will be Linda Hou, President at American Chrome Company and Rico Martinez, President/CEO at Water Integrated Treatment Systems, LLC.

We look forward to hearing ideas for new innovation and visions of our future as we explore the theme“Building the Next…” and invite all minority businesses to share their stories with us. #CBOF51 #BuildingTheNext

Registration for the conference is now open and details are available at http://cbof.chicagomsdc.org