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Don H. Barden Keynote Speaker for Chicago Business Opportunity Fair

Gary, Ind., March 24, 2004 – Don H. Barden has been selected as the keynote speaker for the Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (CBOF) Luncheon, and Majestic Star Casino is a corporate sponsor. CBOF will take place April 6-8, 2004 and will be held in Festival Hall "A" of Navy Pier on Chicago’s Lakefront. This year’s fair, which highlights the theme "Supplier Diversity: Winning the Campaign for Economic Growth," will showcase more than 400 exhibitors, of both corporate and minority suppliers that provide procurement opportunities.

On Thursday, April 8, 1-2:30 p.m., Don H. Barden will be the keynote speaker at the Minority Business Committee’s Sharing Success Awards Luncheon. In addition, after the first day of activities on Tuesday, April 7, Majestic Star will host a Casino Night special event from

5:30-10:30 p.m. After a day of learning, attendees may enjoy gaming at Majestic Star. Casino night is open to all registered CBOF attendees. Shuttle buses will depart Navy Pier at 5:30 p.m. immediately following the close of the final workshop.

The Chicago Minority Business Development Council, Inc., (CMBDC) developed the fair, and CMBDC is a premier organization for increasing business opportunities between major buying organizations and minority owned businesses. In its 37th year of providing added value services to large buying organizations and minority owned suppliers, CBOF remains the leading event in creating an environment where business owners can network, build partnerships, and achieve success.

For more than two decades, CMBDC has operated on the premise that all those who have an idea to sell, a dream to fulfill, are willing to sacrifice and take risks can get the opportunity to do so anywhere in the country. Along the way, minority businesses have created jobs for American workers, increased the tax base and contributed to the gross national product. CMBDC supports the premise that the overriding reason for business development is job creation. The effective creation of above-the-poverty-level jobs benefits not only the minority economy but the national economy as well.

Majestic Star Casinos is 100% owned and operated by Don H. Barden, the only African American to own and operate a national casino entertainment company. Majestic Star Casino operates from Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana. Majestic Star Casino Investor Holdings, LLC through its subsidiaries also acquired three Fitzgeralds casinos in Tunica, MS, Black Hawk, CO and Las Vegas, NV. Majestic Star Casino is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is located conveniently off Cline Avenue at Buffington Harbor in Gary, just 25 minutes from Chicago. Parking and admission are always free.










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