Chicago Business Opportunity Fair

53rd Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair

Due to the continued escalation of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), ChicagoMSDC has rescheduled the 53rd Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair to August 5-6, 2020!  View the announcement.

We invite you to the 53rd Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (CBOF53) on Wednesday August 5 and Thursday August 6, 2020 at Navy Pier. This year's conference theme is ENVISION 2020: Connecting the Dots. We are connecting the dots to profitable and sustainable relationships with all of our stakeholders to ensure there are mutually-beneficial outcomes as we grow minority businesses locally, nationally and globally. This is our vision and our direction for 2020 and beyond!

Basic Schedule of Events:

  • Wed 8/5 includes Development Workshops, Corporate 1-on-1 Match Making, and the ChicagoMSDC Gala
  • Thurs 8/6 includes the Sponsors Breakfast, Trade Fair and Supplier Integration Program


ChicagoMSDC welcomes the business community and public sector. Registration is organized by your participation category.

  • C1 | NMSDC-certified minority business enterprises (MBEs)
  • C2 | Other guests including non-MSDC certified minority firms, NMSDC affiliates, non-profit assist agencies
  • C3 | Corporate members (NMSDC Network)
  • C4 | Corporate, non-members

We recommend all attendees take advantage of the FULL CONFERENCE access for the best value and savings. Interested in sponsorship or trade fair exhibiting at conference?  The CBOF53 Registration Guide will be updated soon! Sponsors please utilize our e-forms and contact Cynthia Jordan at 312-755-2555 for confirmation.



Looking for assistance? Please download the CBOF53 Conference Guide for comprehensive details on the schedule of events, registration fees, exhibitor information, travel and more.  Sponsors may register online or contact Cynthia Jordan for customized arrangements. All exhibitors should contact 21st Century to coordinate your experience and set up. We are updating all resources below. New details and resources are forthcoming

All events are hosted at Navy Pier Chicago | Festival Hall B and AON Ballroom

Phone: 312-755-2555

Exhibitors please contact 21st Century Exposition Services
Phone: 301-386-9771 ext. 102 or e-mail:

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The Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (CBOF) is the longest running multi-day conference and trade fair focused on economic empowerment of minority business enterprises. Originally called the Business Opportunity Day in 1967, the success of the interactions between corporations and minority-owned businesses evolved with dramatic fashion.  The Business Opportunity Day was eventually organized by the Chicago Regional Purchasing Council, which ultimately blossomed into the National Minority Supplier Development Council in 1972.

CBOF is not only a signature event for the ChicagoMSDC, but it is also the foundational event that created a spotlight on the strategic benefits of supplier diversity.

Each year over 1,000 certified minority-owned businesses, buying organizations and advocates within supplier diversity attend the Chicago Business Opportunity Fair. This two-day conference is a unique channel for business development between minority business, corporate America and government agencies. Given the unparalleled networking and opportunities presented every year, CBOF has proven to be a valuable conference to learn from industry leaders, share successes, interact with C-suite executives and build profitable business relationships.

Whether you’re looking to expand your business, to develop new business connections, or to find new business opportunities for yourself, we hope you join us!