BMO Harris Bank and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Help Business Professionals Make the Connection at Annual Expo

Bank Is a Presenting Sponsor for the 2013 IHCC Hispanic Business Expo at Navy Pier

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CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Aug 28, 2013) - BMO Harris Bank announced today its partnership with the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) to present the 2013 Make the Connection! Hispanic Business Expo at Navy Pier. This will be BMO Harris Bank's sixth consecutive year as a presenting sponsor.

The 2013 Make the Connection! Hispanic Business Expo is one of the largest events for Hispanic businesses and professionals in the country. This single-day event will give thousands of Hispanic business owners the opportunity to establish relationships with decision makers in both government agencies and Corporate America.

"The importance of the IHCC's efforts in supporting the Hispanic business community can't be emphasized enough, which is why we are such strong supporters of their work. Latinos are a core part of our nation's economic, political and cultural agenda and this community is vitally important to our economic prosperity as a nation. We are proud to serve the Latino community and witness the transformative and positive effect Latinos continue to make everywhere we do business," said Mark Furlong, President and CEO, BMO Harris Bank.

"IHCC is excited to once again partner with BMO Harris and we're looking forward to hosting BMO Harris' President & CEO Mark Furlong at the Hispanic Business Expo's Opening Breakfast," said Omar Duque, President & CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "BMO Harris' commitment to IHCC and to the Hispanic business community is critical to our efforts to help Hispanic businesses grow and succeed," said Duque.

The event presents more than 115 exhibitors and 11 educational workshops. BMO Harris will have a booth at the expo, and employees from different lines of business will meet and greet expo attendees. Exhibitors include decision makers in the public and private sectors, top Hispanic entrepreneurs, Hispanic professionals and employers seeking a diverse talent pool.

For years, the opening breakfast has served as a platform for business and political leaders to share their visions to promote Hispanic business growth and success. This year's speakers include U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, George Halas McCaskey, Chairman of the Chicago Bears, Mark Furlong, President & CEO, BMO Harris Bank, N.A., and Jerry Fuentes, President, AT&T Arizona/New Mexico.

For more information about the 2013 Make the Connection! Hispanic Business Expo, visit www.hispanicbusinessexpo.net.

About the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) is the leading Hispanic business, networking, advocacy and development organization in the state of Illinois. IHCC works with business owners, providing unique and strategic one-on-one services designed to help businesses thrive and grow, while also regularly hosting networking and public policy events.

About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank and credit approval. BMO Harris Bank® is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and approximately $555 billion in assets (as of April 30, 2013).

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