The Office of Business Diversity works to create opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses within professional services, construction, goods and other services.
The Office's professional services symposium provides an opportunity for senior leaders at the University to network and build sustainable relationships with minority- and women-owned firms. This forum has resulted in groundbreaking and innovative relationships for the University. In addition to creating contract opportunities with minority- and women-owned businesses, the Office of Business Diversity also provides free workshops to local south side of Chicago business owners. Through a collaborative undertaking with the University Law School Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, its distinguished professors, students, and alumni have facilitated several workshops about issues pertaining to marketing and financing, that typically draw an average of 40 local business owners.