Treasurer's Office To Host First Of Its Kind Women's Small Business Expo

Craig Dellimore
November 13, 2019 - 9:08 am
Melissa Conyears-Ervin

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago’s Treasurer will host Saturday a business expo designed for female business owners and entrepreneurs - a first of its kind.

City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin said the event at the UIC Forum on West Roosevelt Road is designed to educate and inform women in business about important resources and programs available to help create, grow and sustain their business.

She said women have buying power that is more than $1.5 trillion, but their footprint in business is not what it should be. 

"Women make up over 50 percent of the population, but certainly when you look at the percentage of ownership in small businesses for women, it does not match our percentage of population," Conyears-Ervin said.

According to Conyears-Ervin, women business owners are also less likely to apply for, or receive, funding from financial institutions to get the assistance needed to grow their businesses. And despite the number of companies that are qualified as women-owned business enterprises, very few of these businesses are awarded significant government contracts.

"Why? Simply put---knowledge and access. Hopefully, this expo will close the gaps in financing opportunities and increase access to government contracts," she said in a statement.

Conyears-Ervin said there will be 150 vendors, who provide products or services business women can use, from tax help to marketing.

"There's going to be a fireside chat, there's going to be breakout sessions, there's going to be panel discussions," she said.

Conyears-Ervin said people interested can register on Facebook at the Chi Treasurer page. The Women's Small Business and Entrepreneur Expo takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.