Small Business Entrepreneur Expo


Join 3,000 entrepreneurs and top business leaders for a FREE day of expert business workshops and networking.

Expo Information

Date: Friday, October 4th, 2013
Location: UIC Forum (Halsted / Roosevelt)
Time: 8:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m.

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2013 Exhibitors & Sponsors

UBS is the Small Business and Entrepreneur Marquee Sponsor

About UBS’s Elevating Entrepreneurs Initiative

Elevating Entrepreneurs was created by UBS to empower small business owners to do more by providing resources that seldom are available to companies of their size. Specifically, the initiative pairs an emerging entrepreneur with a UBS financial advisor and his or her client who has had success in a related industry. In doing so, the program provides high-potential entrepreneurs with the access, advice and education that will help them move their businesses to the next level.

The flagship program, which has $15 million in loan funds available, was originally established in partnership with the Clinton Economic Opportunity (CEO) Initiative in 2011 as UBS’ Clinton Global Initiative commitment. The program launched in New York (2011), Los Angeles (2012), Chicago (2012), and is expanding to additional markets this year. Through our loan partners we have provided:

  • Valley Economic Development Center: $5.1 million in loan commitments; 23 businesses financed; 326 jobs created
  • Chicago Business Opportunity Fund: $550,000 in loan commitments; 3 businesses financed; 42 jobs created



  • Chicago Public Library
  • Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
  • Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development
  • Chicago Department of Procurement Services
  • Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications
  • Cook County Office of Contract Compliance
  • Illinois CMS/ Business Enterprise Program
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois Department of Transportation Office of Business and Workforce Diversity
  • Illinois Tollway
  • Metra
  • State of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
  • Illinois Attorney General
  • U.S. Department of Labor-EBSA
  • United States Postal Service
  • U.S. Small Business Administration


  • ActiveCampaign
  • ADT Security Systems LLC
  • AFLAC Chicago
  • AJO & Associates
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority-AKA
  • Amata Office Centers
  • American Entrepreneurship Today
  • Arbonne International
  • AT & T
  • Azul Holistic Spa
  • Black Pages International
  • BookKeeping Express
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • CDW
  • Cherskov Flaynik & Gurda, LLC
  • Chicago Innovation Awards
  • Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund
  • Chicago Mini Bus Travel
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chiro One Wellness Center
  • Comcast Business
  • Constant Contact
  • Crain’s Chicago Business
  • DevMynd Software
  • Dex One
  • Digital Hub
  • Divvy
  • Empowerment Resources International
  • Euromonitor International
  • Final Draft Business Support Services, Inc.
  • Ford City Mall
  • Franklin Energy
  • Frances L. Wallace, CPA
  • HispanicPro
  • HPL & S Inc.
  • Jason’s Deli
  • Joyous Occasions
  • KnowQ Solutions
  • Illinois College of Optometry
  • Leasabl
  • Mabbly
  • Microsoft & The SMB Help Desk
  • Minuteman Press Chicago
  • MSS Distributors Health Snacks and Office Essentials
  • Myers Healthy Chocolate
  • New Fronteras Inc
  • New York Life
  • North American Power
  • Peace & Harmony Solutions Inc.
  • Perfect Cut Productions
  • PitchBurner
  • Proimedia
  • Rosman Information System
  • Saper Law Offices
  • Shefsky & Froelich
  • Sincerely Yours by Tracy
  • Steadfast
  • The Commercialization Group, LLC
  • The Evans International Law Firm LLC
  • The Garner Agency
  • Transamerica Agency Network
  • Uber
  • United Parcel Service
  • Urban Tech Ventures, LLC
  • Valauskas Corder LLC
  • Viamedia
  • VIPorbit Software
  • Walsh Construction Company
  • Western Union


  • ACCION Chicago
  • Benedictine University
  • Bethel New Life
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Business Marketing Association
  • Center for Economic Progress
  • Central Lakeview Merchants Assn
  • Chatham Business Association
  • Chicago Artists Coalition
  • Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Assistance Committee
  • Chicago Urban League
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Media Workshop
  • Heller College of Business
  • IL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • IL SBDC / Duman Entrepreneurship Center at JVS Chicago
  • Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
  • Instituto Del Progreso Latino
  • Iota Phi Lambda Sorority
  • Local First Chicago
  • National Latino Education Institute
  • Near South Planning Board
  • Polish Women in Business, NFP
  • Six Corners Association
  • Score Chicago
  • Small Business Advocacy Council
  • SSN Small Business & Nonprofit Development Group
  • The GAIA movement
  • The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • TRI Industries, NFP
  • UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Women-Eye
  • Women’s Business Development Center
  • Women’s Innovation Network-WIN
  • YEU Veterans Initiative