Special Thanks

to all our Sponsors, Major Partners and Global Gift Partners for your generous support.

Gold Sponsor

MB Financial Bank, N.A. is a commercial bank with approximately $20 billion in assets and a more than one hundred year history of building deep and lasting relationships with middle market companies and individuals. MB Financial Bank offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients’ success. For more information, call 847-653-1515, email [email protected] or visit: mbfinancial.com
  • MB Financial Bank

Bronze Sponsor

At Nixon Peabody, we see 21st century law as a tool to help shape our clients’ futures. We are constantly thinking about what is important to our clients now and next so we can foresee obstacles and opportunities in their space and smooth the way. We work together to handle complex challenges in intellectual property, litigation, real estate, corporate law and finance anywhere in the world. Our Chicago office provides clients a full range of services, including food and beverage, health care, private equity, government relations and labor and employment law. With more than 600 attorneys in 17 offices throughout the U.S. and abroad, Nixon Peabody’s strong global presence allows us to deliver seamless service to clients worldwide.
  • Nixon Peabody

Host Sponsor

The University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation brings the power of ideas in the laboratory, classroom and community to the world. Through education, resources, and programs, the Polsky Center commercializes discoveries, partners with companies, and attracts venture capital. The Polsky Center runs UChicago’s top-ranked business accelerator, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, which has helped launch more than 200 companies worldwide that have gone on to achieve more than $9 billion in value and raised over $600 million in funding. The mission of the Polsky Center is to support students, faculty, alumni, and community members by bridging the gap between knowledge and practice, idea and action, and research and impact. By igniting a spirit of innovation and fostering connections that extend across the University, city, region and world, the Polsky Center enables more ideas to have a meaningful impact on society. Learn more at polsky.uchicago.edu.
  • The Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business takes the role of Host Sponsor for 2018.


  • The International Trade Association
  • Globe Trade
  • Emergent Research
  • Global Chamber
  • Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global
  • FACC
  • Global Chamber Chicago
  • Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global
  • Exim Bank
  • Small Business Trends logo
  • World Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • SBE Council
  • Metro Chicago Exports logo
  • SBE Council
  • 1871
  • IL Department of Commerce - Trade & Investment

2018 Sponsorship information

By sponsoring the Global Small Business Summit 2018, your brand will be seen by more than 100,000 entrepreneurs, small business owners, consultants, senior-level executives, academics and corporate risk-takers through extensive marketing and promotion, and you will have direct access to the more than 100 entrepreneurs and small business owners attending the event. Sponsorship will provide your company the opportunity to:
  • Increase your brand awareness
  • Position your product or service
  • Catapult a big idea
  • Promote a new initiative
  • Engage the business community
  • Create a unique experience for customers and prospects
  • Prospect new customers
  • Network with the best and brightest in the international trade community

The Global Small Business Forum 2018 offers customizable solutions to your company’s needs and goals. Please refer to the attached Sponsorship Benefit listing and contact us to discuss how we can help your company achieve its sales and marketing objectives. We look forward to working with you.

2018 Sponsorship Benefit PDF