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2018 Chief Procurement Office & Higher Ed Diverse Business Opportunity Fair


Are you a minority, woman, disabled, or veteran business owner and looking for ways to grow your business? Do you want to connect with State of  Illinois' public universities and learn how to do business with them?  If you said yes, then join us at the Chief Procurement Office and Higher Education Diverse Business Opportunity Fair "Make a Connection with Higher Education."

This exciting event offers face-to-face opportunities for dialogue and networking between diverse business owners and State of Illinois' public universities and college departments.

When and where is the fair?

The fair will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Student Union Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 2251 Richard Wright Dr, Springfield, IL 62703.

Workshops on topics including BEP Certification, Small Business Assistance, Access to Capital, How to Do Business, Procurement and Legislation will be held at:

  • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.| Procurement and legislation that affects small and diverse businesses
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.| Benefits of becoming certified with the State of Illinois' Business Enterprise Program

Why should I attend?

This event is an excellent opportunity for diverse businesses to:

  • Learn about procurement opportunities with the State of Illinois' public universities and community colleges
  • Connect with the Chief Procurement Office and other state agencies that assist diverse businesses
  • Network with current prime contractors
  • Contribute to our state’s commitment to growing the economic development of small and diverse-owned businesses.

We look forward to your attendance!

Contact Information

Email Shauna Clayborn at or the Office of Procurement Diversity