Better business, better profits and bigger growth is the goal of the 2017 Business Opportunity Expo, sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL SBDC) at The Joseph Center and the Joseph Business School. The expo is Friday, April 21, 2017,from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Joseph Business School located at 7600 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, Illinois. The purpose of the Business Opportunity Expo has always been to help small businesses grow revenue, by providing direct access to opportunities that support business expansion.

Melissa Duff Brown, the director of the IL SBDC at The Joseph Center explains, “Attendees will have plenty of opportunities to speak face-to-face with companies and government agencies offering procurement opportunities, business franchises, key business service providers, and funding sources with access to capital. We’re always excited to host our yearly expo because it provides small business owners with direct access to the information and resources they need in one location. Our primary goal is to assist aspiring and established entrepreneurs in reaching their goals on a daily basis.” 

Admission to the expo is FREE, but registration is required. Register at and click on the events tab.  For questions, please call The Joseph Center at (708) 697-6234.

Business owners and entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to speak with over 60 exhibitors including:

  • Government and corporate entities
  • Business franchises and B2B service providers
  • Funding sources with access to capital 

The Business Opportunity Expo is part of the 2017 two-day, Missions & Marketplace Conference, featuring some of today’s most dynamic ministry and marketplace leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world.

For additional conference information, visit