Why Should I Attend?

The University of Illinois procures a variety of goods and services, and it is our goal to increase the pool of minority, female and persons with disabilities owned businesses with which we partner. We realize the importance of supplier diversity in our purchasing process and we want to help you understand how to do business with us.  

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University of Illinois
MAFBE “Making the Connection” Conference
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The University of Illinois MAFBE Conference will take place on June 15, 2011, at the UIC Forum. This year’s Making the Connection 2011 is focused on connecting the University’s buying departments with qualified minority, female and persons with disabilities owned businesses. The goal of the conference is to build relationships with MAFBE firms in order to enhance our supplier diversity initiatives.

The conference Networking Fair will feature exhibitors from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Urbana, and Springfield campuses. Also participating in the Networking Fair will be representatives from other public and private universities, including local government entities. The Networking Fair will provide an opportunity for business owners to connect and market their products and/or services to the buying departments.







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