• Groups: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)

  • Welcome to the newest OPRF Chamber Affinity Group, launched in February of 2022! Specifically intended for BIPOC business owners in our community, this group will focus on providing valuable resources for our BIPOC community, sharing experiences with other like-minded people, and supporting all that you do to be successful! 

  • When Does this Group Meet?


    This group meets once a month, on the 4th Monday from 5:30 - 7 pm.

    Where Does this Group Meet?

    We meet throughout the Oak Park and River Forest community! Each month a different BIPOC owned business throws open it's doors and welcomes us in to gather, socialize and connect. Join us!

    Want Regular Updates?

    If you'd like to get involved and receive regular updates about this Affinity Group, please reach out to our Chamber staff liaison and Chamber Executive Director, Darien Marion Burton, at dmarionburton@oprfchamber.org.

  • Meet the Leaders

    Meet the co-chairs of this NEW Affinity Group!


    Jeffrey Hines, State Farm

    Tamekia Swint, Styles4Kidz

    "We are thrilled to be leading this group and supporting the BIPOC business community!"

    These leaders want to hear from YOU, so if you want to get involved, have ideas or burning issues you think would make great topics, reach out directly to Tamekia or Jeffrey. 


  • 2024 PROGRAMS

    JANUARY 29, 2024

    CLICK HERE to register.

    FEBRUARY 26, 2024

    Black History Month: Supporting Black businesses

    CLICK HERE to register as a vendor or to attend and support our black business community!

    MARCH 25, 2024

    Women's History Month - Women's Leadership Panel

    This panel discussion will highlight our BIPOC women in leadership positions and foster a sharing of knowledge, stories and experience. More program detail to come!

    APRIL 22, 2024

    Mental Health for Business Owners

    Check back soon for more information!

    MAY 27, 2024

    Asian American History Month

    More information and registration will be live soon!

    JUNE 24, 2024

    Summer Gathering

    Let's all get together, kick back and launch a fabulous summer. 

    JULY 22, 2024 & AUGUST 26, 2024

    BIPOC out on the town

    Meet us at Thursday Night Out (TNO) in Downtown Oak Park!

    SEPTEMBER 23, 2024

    Latin American history feature.

    More info to come!

    OCTOBER 30, 2024 - (evening) - 3rd Annual OPRF Chamber Trivia Night

    Get your best Halloween costume out and get ready to strut your stuff. There will be prizes for costumes and trivia aficionados. In past years competition has been fierce, so get started with your planning NOW!

    Check back soon for more details.

    NOVEMBER 25, 2024

    Details will be announced soon!

    DECEMBER, 2024

    Holiday Party!

  • Our Commitment to Diversity

    The OPRF Chamber works for the success of all local businesses and organizations by cultivating an energized, connected and resilient community.

    We believe that all who live and work in our community have the opportunity to thrive.

    We are committed to building a business world where people from every background feel welcome and respected. Our commitment to inclusion and respect enables every business member of our community to feel welcome in the OPRF Chamber of Commerce. Please CLICK HERE to check out our full Diversity Statement.