Argonne and Fermilab team up for joint business fair Aug. 21

Congressmen Bill Foster, Randy Hultgren and Dan Lipinski will attend the inaugural Argonne-Fermilab joint business fair this Wednesday. Illustration: Argonne National Laboratory

This Wednesday, representatives from 84 Illinois small businesses will join Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory staff to talk about potential partnerships.

The first of what will be an annual joint business fair, Wednesday’s session at Argonne Lab will offer local small businesses and startup firms a chance to learn more about Argonne and Fermilab, and explore opportunities to partner on the laboratories’ initiatives. The one-day session will give participants a chance to talk one-on-one with representatives from the laboratories’ procurement and technology development groups, as well as user facility and small business support staff.

Three Illinois Congressmen will be in attendance and give remarks: Bill Foster, Randy Hultgren and Dan Lipinski. Other speakers will include Jack Anderson, interim director of Fermilab; Eric Isaacs, director of Argonne Lab; and Ed Daniels, Argonne’s deputy associate lab director for energy engineering and systems analysis.

This year’s event is at capacity. For information about the next business fair, call the Fermilab Office of Communication at 630-840-3351 or send email to

Andre Salles