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SBA Programs, Rivers Casino Supplier Diversity, Small Business Security Issues

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST


SBA Programs, Rivers Casino Supplier Diversity, Small Business Security Issues

The Elite SDVOB Network is holding its next Illinois Chapter meeting on Thursday, October 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m CST at McDonald Hopkins' Chicago office and is co-sponsored by Elite SDVOB Network and McDonald-Hopkins. 

Speakers include:
Bo Steiner, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Bo will be sharing information on the Small Business Mentor Protégé Program, other programs of benefit to the diverse business community, and other key initiatives and updates.

Jim Bader, Director of Procurement and Supplier Diversity at Rivers Casino. Jim has spent the past four years working as the Director of Procurement and Supplier Diversity at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, IL. He oversees the purchasing, warehouse and wardrobe departments. He will be sharing details on Rivers Casino’s needs and its programs for engagement of Veteran-owned and other diverse companies.

Our host, Michelle Kantor, attorney, McDonald Hopkins is a noted expert on a wide range of legal and business topics that affect Veteran-owned businesses and their partners. Michelle will present updates on legal issues that affect veteran owned businesses, as well as legislative developments.  

Member Capabilities Presentations - Highlight your company's capabilities
Our guests will join other business experts, along with your peers, in providing feedback on capabilities presentations delivered by meeting participants. Those of you who have attended recent meetings know what a worthwhile experience this was for our presenters, and we have four slots open for capabilities presentations at our October meeting. To join the list of companies delivering presentations, and to get a copy of a template and sample presentation you can use to build your own, send an email to Elite's Illinois chapter president, John Scifers, at

The meeting will also offer new members the opportunity to learn more about opportunities available through Elite SDVOB network. Members who need to pay their dues can bring a check payable to "Elite SDVOB Network." To obtain a membership application, send an email to John Scifers at 
jscifers@scigonsolutions.comRegular membership dues are only $60 per year

Parking facilities are located nearby. 
We have limited space available for the event so please register here for FREE to reserve your seat.


  • Opportunities for Veteran-owned and other diverse businesses at Rivers Casino
  • Updates on Veteran and diverse business-focused programs with the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Measures a business should take in the wake of a security breach
  • Legal developments that affect diverse businesses


Chicago Office
300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Complimentary parking available at the 300 North LaSalle Garage. At the bottom of the LaSalle Street ramp, cross the railroad tracks and turn right to the 300 North LaSalle parking garage entrance. Garage doors will be closed. Stop at the security speaker, press the button, give your name and say you're visiting McDonald Hopkins. When the garage doors open, follow signs to Valet Parking and collect your parking ticket. Take the parking elevators to the first floor lobby. Check in at the main security desk for your temporary building pass. You will need to show ID. Bring your parking ticket up to our reception desk on the 21st floor for validation.


Michelle Kantor
Member; Chair, Federal Government Contracting and Procurement