Calling all Business Owners and Entrepreneurs!

The Fifth Third Bank E-bus helping to Empower communities
The Fifth Third Bank E-bus helping to Empower communities


Calling All Business Owners and Entrepreneurs! 

To keep business booming in Chicago MSDC, Fifth Third Bank, Goodcity, and MZI Group, are hosting an afternoon summit of Business Coaching for small business owners and entrepreneur on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1937 W. Fulton.

Chicago’s small business owners will be provided  with key resources to take their businesses to the next level through the  interactive program scheduled. Fifth Third Bank’s e-bus will be on site offering free credit reporting, one-on-one coaching for capacity building, and sourcing opportunities. This informational day serves to help small businesses while contributing in a major way to the city of Chicago by investing in the future of small companies.

Business owners will also gain valuable insights on the certification process and how to access small business lending. This is a big deal and can make a major difference in whether or not a small business survives or fails.

“The eBus allows us to serve people where they live and work, and provide the knowledge and tools to help them take control of their financial further.We are grateful for the relationships we enjoy in Chicago that helps us reach those interested in gaining access to information they need,” said Nicole Johnson-Scales, Community Development, Fifth Third Bank, Chicago.

Inside the Fifth Third E Bus
Inside the Fifth Third E Bus

The fifth Third EBus empowering the Community
The fifth Third EBus empowering the Community

The event kicks-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 am, followed by coaching sessions allowing business owners to gain specific insights unique to their business.  These sessions will run until 3pm. Other activities offered include a “Business Shark” Competition and discussions about vendor and supplier diversity opportunities with actual Fifth Third Bank decision makers. This may be perceived as the highlight of the day.

Winners compete for an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with a fifth third Bank Buyer or key decision maker, free checking business account for one year, participation in CBOF 49, and last but not least, a brand new iPad mini. But the eBus won’t be the only hot vehicle on the lot. Between sessions, participants are invited to indulge in great eats with some of Chicago’s premiere food trucks.

Bypassing the challenges of opening traditional brick and mortar establishments, food truck owners have experienced exponential growth over the past five years, and are great examples of small business success. The Chicago Minority Supplier Diversity Council (ChicagoMSDC), a major driver of partnerships between corporations, minority businesses, government agencies, and other entities.

“ChicagoMSDC is committed to the growth, development and sustainability of people color,” said Shelia Morgan, Council President and CEO. “We believe in collaborating with organizations that embrace economic development in the community to bring valued resources to the people we serve. We are extremely excited to participate in the event!”

Chicago has long been the City that works as is supported by ChicagoMSDC members which report over $3 billion in annual purchases from minority-owned firms. With over 1,300 certified minority-owned businesses and 250 buying organizations, minority enterprise members report the employment of over 98,000 workers annually. Other sponsors include Goodcity (who works with both for and non-profit social entrepreneurial organizations to promote self-sufficiency, hope and purpose in Chicago’s underserved communities) and MZI Group, Inc. (a leader in electrical and mechanical construction, energy infrastructure, utility projects, design build and facility services).

“I am excited to host this event to allow small and up and coming businesses the chance to get capitol opportunities for business growth,” said MZI’s Arthur Miller. All activities are absolutely free. For more information

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