CHICAGO, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council is pleased to announce the five (5) certified minority suppliers who will be recognized at the 48th Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair, presented by Allstate.
The Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (CBOF) is the nation's longest running multi-day conference and trade fair focused on the economic empowerment and development of minority business enterprises.
On Thursday, April 23, 2015 the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) will congratulate a stellar list of minority business enterprises, corporate buyers, and champions of supplier diversity at the MBEIC Awards Dinner to be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
"We are committed to certify, develop, connect, and advocate for minority suppliers. However, we must also take time to acknowledge their success and their contributions to our economy," said Shelia Morgan, President and CEO of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council.
This year five (5) minority business enterprises will be honored as Minority Suppliers of the Year. Each awardee is distinguished by classes, based on annual sales volume:
Class I (less than $1 million); Class II ($1 – 10 million); Class III ($10 – 50 million); and Class IV (greater than $50 million).
On behalf of the ChicagoMSDC, the MBEIC salutes the Minority Suppliers of the Year including:
- Class I - Jared L. Kelly, President, CEI Media Group
- Class II - Stephanie J. Hickman, President & CEO, Trice Construction Company
- Class III - Vasanthi Ilangovan, President, VIVA USA
- Class III - Jeff Styers, President, Arrow Strategies
- Class IV - Jim Reynolds, Chairman and Founder, Loop Capital
"There are hundreds of certified minority businesses in our network performing at the highest levels of the supply chain with outstanding products and services. For 2015 it is our pleasure to recognize CEI Media Group, Trice Construction, Viva USA, Arrow Strategies, and Loop Capital for their commitment to excellence and dedication to entrepreneurship," said Donna Bridgeforth, MBEIC Awards Chair and President of Bridgeforth Wolf & Associates, Inc.
Conference details and event tickets are available at http://cbof.chicagomsdc.org. #CBOF48
The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council is a 501(c)3 organization, and one of twenty-four affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Our mission is to certify, develop, connect, and advocate for minority suppliers as the premier supplier development organization creating sustainable and profitable relationships between minority business enterprises and major buying organizations. www.chicagomsdc.org