Thursday, May 02, 2024 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Empowering Growth: Championing Small Businesses through Business Diversity

Presented by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Join us for a dynamic panel discussion during Small Business Week, where we aim to foster a deeper understanding of the importance of supporting and collaborating with small businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities. This event will emphasize intentional partnerships between large companies and small businesses, showcasing how these collaborations can lead to mutual growth and success. This event aims to inspire the Chicago business community to actively engage with and uplift small businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities. By promoting intentional partnerships, we can collectively drive economic growth, create job opportunities, and build a more diverse and resilient business landscape. Let’s unite in making a pledge to empower and support small businesses for a stronger and more inclusive future!

Featured Speakers

Donna Beasley

IL APEX Accelerator Director and Director of Government Contracting Services | Women’s Business Development Center

Cornelius Griggs

President | GMA Construction

John Trotta

Sr. Vice President – National Director Client Services | WSP USA


Kim Morreale

President and CEO | Morreale Communications

Event Sponsors

This event is hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and our Illinois SBDC. Learn more about our small business services here.

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In-Person Event

Registration is required to attend.

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227 W. Monroe,
Chicago, IL, 60606