WBDC: Schedule and Business & Buyers Mart 

26th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference

Thursday, September 20, 2012

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
Outside Skyline Ballroom

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Women's Forum Breakfast
Skyline Ballroom A-C
Featuring Moderator Terry Savage

9:30 - 11:45 a.m. Women's Business & Buyers Mart
Skyline Ballroom D & E

9:45 - 11:45 a.m. Launching Your Own Business:
From Dream to Reality
Breakout Room 180
Workshop for start-ups

9:45 - 11:45 a.m. Contract Connections
Skyline Ballroom D & E
*By appointment only

Noon - 1:45 p.m. 26th Annual Hall of Fame
Awards Luncheon
Skyline Ballroom A-C
Featuring Keynote Presentation by
Lisa Price, founder, Carol's Daughter, Inc.

1:45 - 5:00 p.m. Women's Business & Buyers Mart
Skyline Ballroom D & E

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Contract Connections
Skyline Ballroom D & E
*By appointment only

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ask the Experts:
Solutions for Your Business
Breakout Room 181
For business owners of all levels

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Get Down to Business
Networking Reception
Skyline Ballroom Terrace

The oldest business opportunities fair for women business owners in the country

Women business owners: are you interested in doing business with corporate America or the government sector? If the answer is yes, then the Women's Business & Buyers Mart is the place to establish relationships with these prospective clients.

Featuring more than 200 corporate and government buyers who are committed to purchasing products and services from certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs), the Mart also provides women business owners with access to information, resources and contacts to assist with their business needs and boost their bottom line.

Corporate Procurement:
Allstate Insurance
Ameren Corporation
American Airlines
Avis Budget Group, Inc.
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
BMO Harris Bank N.A.
BP America
Cardinal Health
Citibank, N.A.
Deere & Company
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
Kraft Foods
McCain Foods
Microsoft Corporation
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
The Nielsen Company
Northern Trust
Northstar Lottery
Office Depot
PepsiCo, Inc.
Rush University Medical Center
Southwest Airlines
Staples, Inc.
Target Corporation
Trinal, Inc.
U.S. Bank
United Airlines
The University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Medicine
University of Illinois
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Wisconsin Energy Corporation

Business Resources:
ACCION Chicago
Charter One Bank
Fundamental Capital Partners
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
IRS - Employee Plans, Great Lakes Area
Microsoft Corporation
SCORE: For the Life of Your Business
SomerCor 504 Inc.

Federal Government Procurement:
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis & St. Louis
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. General Services Administration
U.S. Small Business Administration

Local Government Procurement:
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
Chicago Park District
Chicago Public Schools, Office of Business Diversity
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
City Colleges of Chicago
City of Chicago, Department of Aviation
City of Chicago, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
City of Chicago, Department of Procurement Services
City of Chicago, Office of the Treasurer Cook County
Illinois Department of Central Management Services - BEP
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Entrepreneurship Network - Small Business Development Center
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
McCormick Place
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Navy Pier
Office of Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford
Public Building Commission of Chicago
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

WBE Companies:
The Bureau of Engraving, Inc.
Cedar Concepts Corporation
Consolidated Printing
Evergreen Supply Company
Global Capital Ltd.
Grandview Group LLC
Ideal System Solutions, Inc.
J&J Exhibitors Service, Inc.
J&J Motor Services
Kayhan International
KellyMitchell Group
M.R. Nyron Company
My Health and Money LLC
National Van Lines, Inc.
Overture Premiums & Promotions LLC
Smead Manufacturing Company
Technology Partners, Inc.

Resource Organizations:
Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (CMSDC)
The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
MGPG Events Inc. - The Black Women's Expo
National Association of Women Business Owners - Chicago(NAWBO-Chicago)
Women Presidents' Organization (WPO)
Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

Chicago Sun-Times
Crain's Chicago Business