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MARCH 29 – 30, 2010

1. Check the box of the workshop(s) that you will be attending.
2. Write the number of attendees in the box provided.
3. Fax the completed form by March 26, 2010 to CMSDC at (312) 755-8892


 Rotary Dialer to Technology Titan 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Number of
Hyatt Regency Hotel – Plaza Room Attendees

Are you still using a rolodex to track clients? Do you feel your children or _______
co-workers are from the Jetson generation? Join us for a fun, informative and
interactive session, hosted by Yahoo, to move you into the technology savvy generation!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010- Navy Pier, Festival Hall A, Level


 Speed Date Forum

(One Participant per Company Per Session – Pre-registration Number of
Required) Attendees
7:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. –
Session I _______
Name: _____________________________ Room 301/303

Name: _____________________________ 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. –

Session II

Please join Anna Wildermuth, Moderator, and key corporate representatives

from Allstate Insurance, Archer
Daniels Midland, BP, Johnson Controls, Inc., Kraft Foods, Majestic Star Casino,
Navistar, NiSource,
Novation, United Airlines, and other member corporations, who will identify
procurement opportunities for 2010 and beyond. MBEs will rotate throughout
the session and meet each corporate representative. Check-in will begin
promptly at 7:45a.m. and 12 Noon respectively, with table assignments. A
networking box lunch will be provided to all Session I and Session II
registrants at 11:30a.m.

Number of
 Selling or Stalking – Making Friends Not Enemies to Seal the Attendees
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Room 305

Don’t miss out on this exciting seminar focused on the sales process and
building relationships. Speakers will focus on key elements of corporate
selling, how to initiate the RFI or RFP with purchasing department reps, how
to strategically manage relationships with supplier diversity managers, and
how to horizontally market yourself to supplier diversity managers and key
decision makers beyond supplier diversity. Industry experts from DRZ
Enterprises and US Cellular will lead the discussion.


 Step Up to Cash - You’re closer than you think to Profitability!

Number of
Start-Up to 3-Year Old Businesses Invited
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. _______
Room 307

Look at your finances in a whole new light after this seminar. Come hear
Chicago Community Ventures’ unique
presentation on the levers to profitability within your own operations. Also
learn from lenders and the SBA about
their services to help you achieve those profitable goals. Following the
session, and with advance scheduling only, CCV
will be available for on-the-spot, one-on-one personal counseling sessions to
apply lessons of the seminar.

Number of
 Step Up To Loans – You’re closer than you think to Bankability!
Businesses Operating More Than 3 Years Invited
10:00 _______
a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Room 309

With credit beginning to loosen up, one or two changes can make a
difference to bankability. Come meet
the active lenders as they tell of borrowers who were not perfect, but made
the necessary changes to get capital
Featuring lenders who are actually lending. Panelists will include SBA
lenders Ridgestone Bank,
Harris Bank, Biz Capital (Advantage Capital) and others.
 Are You Ready? 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Number of
Room 307 Attendees

Join panelists from Inter-City Supply, Inc., Allstate, Cook County Government,
Chicago Transit
Authority (CTA), and Health Care Service Corporation (BCBSIL) for an
informative session
detailing how to prepare a winning request for proposal. Panelists will
discuss all aspects of bid
preparation from building a relationship to pre-bid conferences and pricing.
Don’t miss this exciting

Number of

 Survival of the Fittest 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Room 305

Join this interactive session that will outline the steps that small business
needs to take to weather the current economic storm. Discussion will focus
on the resources that are needed to assist small business in surviving and
thriving. Experts from First Midwest Bank will identify traits of a successful
business. Breakout session will include actual case studies. Join us and
position your business to survive and thrive!