Chamber hosts Minority Expo

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Minority Enterprise Luncheon and Expo, Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Cliffbreakers in Rockford.

The theme for this year’s event is “Planning Your Work and Working Your Plan.”

The annual event enables minority business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to meet, consult, and build relationships with corporate and government agency representatives, in an effort to explore contracting and vendor/supplier opportunities.

“This year’s Minority Expo is again open to Chamber and non-Chamber members,” said Kimberly Buchanan, manager of programs and events for the Chamber. “We invite all minority-owned and managed companies to showcase what they have to offer.”

Saul Serna, president and CEO of Business for Life, will keynote. Serna, a Rockford Chamber member, has been in the business arena for more than 23 years. His passion for challenge and transformation has empowered him to succeed in numerous businesses and diversified fields. As a business trainer and coach, Serna has created systems and strategies to increase productivity and profitability for not only his business, but others as well.

Registration for the Minority Enterprise Luncheon is $30 for members of the Rockford Regional Chamber of Commerce and $45 for non-members. Corporate tables of 10 are available for $300. Expo tables start at $40 each (requires a minimum purchase of one lunch). The expo will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the lunch and keynote at noon. To register, call 963-8123, ext. 4, or log on to

From the Oct. 11-17, 2006, issue

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