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Our Commitment to Supplier Diversity

Join Us During Business Smart Week on July 12-19!

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is co-hosting its Fifth Annual Business Smart Week in Chicago and Detroit. This year's theme is The Power of Mentorship: Taking your Business to the Next Level. Don't miss this opportunity to develop new techniques to manage your business and to network with other entrepreneurs.

In Detroit, learn about The Detroit Renaissance Update. Don't miss the keynote luncheon speaker Barika Butler of Peak Performance Global who will share Your High Performance Development Plan.

In Chicago, you'll hear from a representative of the Obama Foundation about their progress, attend a luncheon with the Chicago Minority Development Council to learn how to do business with large corporations and government entities and hear Stedman Graham share his Nine Step Success Process at our veterans' event.

Our partners are:

  • Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
  • Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce
  • Small Business Administration
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
  • Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
  • National Business League
  • Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Women’s Business Development Center
  • Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers

Dates, Locations and Registration

July 12: Business Smart Week Detroit, 1600 E Warren Ave, Detroit MI
RSVP: Register by July 5, 2018.

July 17:  Business Smart Week Chicago, 230 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL
MBE-2-MBE Exchange

July 18: Business Smart Week Chicago, 230 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL
Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council Procurement Luncheon

July 19: Business Smart Week Chicago, 230 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL
Third Annual Federal Reserve Matchmaker


Complete agendas and further details about this event will be posted to this site as they become available.

Business Smart Week was started in 2013 in Chicago with 140 attendees, and has served approximately 1,200 attendees since its inception. Over the years, we have expanded the event to our Detroit Branch to better serve the entire Seventh District.

About Us

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. This commitment to diversity and inclusion also applies to the Bank's purchases of goods and services. The Bank recognizes the importance of a diverse supplier base and is committed to including minority and women-owned businesses in its procurement program.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Supplier Diversity Program is solution-based and business-focused. We are committed to attracting vendors who offer high-quality and competitively priced products and services and who support our procurement and corporate objectives. Our Supplier Diversity Program is a collaborative effort involving the Bank, the communities we serve, and minority- and women-owned business enterprise suppliers (M/WBE). This collaboration provides us with the widest possible selection of highly qualified M/WBE suppliers. In 2011, our Supplier Diversity efforts received "The Outstanding Buyer" award recognition from the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council.


The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's support of diverse suppliers promotes economic opportunities and contributes to the local economies of the Seventh Federal Reserve District, which include most of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin plus all of Iowa. The Bank's Procurement Services Department carries out the acquisition of goods and services for all the Seventh District.

Policy of Non-Discrimination in Contracting

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago carries out its procurement activities based on qualifications and merit and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in its contracting and procurement activities.


As part of the Bank's commitment to supplier diversity, the Bank participates in supplier fairs, national or local chapters of supplier organizations, and small business and minority- and women-owned small business conferences. The Bank is committed to creating awareness within the community about its procurements and processes.
Contact Us
Mark Hands, Supplier Diversity Program Manager
(312) 322-2968

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, USA. Tel. (312) 322-5322

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