ILBCC President Guides Black Businesses

8/24/2016, 8 a.m.
The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce (ILBCC) is the largest, most active voice for African American businesses in the ...

The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce (ILBCC) is the largest, most active

voice for African American businesses in the State of Illinois. ILBCC will be

kicks off their 11th Annual Convention on Tues August 23, at the Par-A-Dice Hotel &

Casino in East Peoria, Illinois.

The theme for this year’s convention is Preparing for Success in the New

Millennium. In July 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner signed an Executive Order to

activate the Sheltered Market in Illinois. Larry Ivory, President/CEO of the

Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce stated, “This Executive Order,

especially the thoughtful consideration of use of Sheltered Markets, is perhaps

the most important step the State of Illinois has taken toward bringing equity to

Black and minority-owned businesses in the state.”

Governor Rauner will be attending the Convention. The 2-day power-packed event

consists of a Procurement Opportunity Fair, allowing face-to-face meetings with

decision makers from over 20 corporations, municipalities, and government agencies throughout Illinois. There will be several business break-out sessions and panel discussions with topics such as: Marketing-PR and Black Media, Energy,

Construction, Banking-Finance and Capital Access, Government Procurement,

Information Technology and International Trade.

There will also be a Mayoral Round Table_ discussion moderated by David

Johnson, consultant and Mayor of the City of Harvey (1983-1995). Panelist include

Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, City of Champaign; Mayor James W. Ford, City of

Country Club Hills; Mayor Riley H. Rogers, Village of Dolton; and Mayor

Vernard Alsberry, Village of Hazel Crest.

The event will conclude with a Gala & Awards Ceremony with some outstanding

entertainers, celebrities, speakers and VIP guest. Mr. Courtney Betty, CEO of

Timeless Herbal Care will be the keynote speaker for the evening, and NBC

Chicago Report/Anchor Michelle Releford will serve as Mistress of Ceremony.

For more information contact Kenyatta Fisher at 309.740.4430 or

kenyattsfisher82@gmail.com. For room reservations, call the Par-A-Dice at

800-547-0711. Be sure to mention that you are attending the ILBCC Convention_

for the discounted rate.