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Illinois Offers support for Latino Businesses

Illinois Offers support for Latino Businesses

As the Latino Business Development Manager for the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), I wanted to make sure you were aware of the following. For some of you the information is a reminder and for others it is new.

  • The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Round 2 is STILL OPENED. This is a grant program for small business not a loan program.
    • For more information in English and Spanish please click here.
    • Eligibility guidelines in English click here or in Spanish click here.
    • Business Certification Form and Eligible Cost list in English click here or in Spanish click here.
    • Guidance for BIG Awards and Other Federal Support Such as PPP and EIDL (Non-Duplication of Benefits) in English click here or in Spanish click here.
    • BIG webinar recording in English click here or in Spanish click here.
    • If you have questions in English click here or in Spanish click here
    • Apply in English click here or in Spanish click here.

*If you use an ITIN for your business you can apply as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. 

**If you need help applying, please let me know.

***If you applied and haven’t received a status update, you can request one by filling out this form in English click here or in Spanish click here.

  • Webinars on BIG
    • Southern, Southeast, West Central, Northwest Latinx Business Webinars,November 13, at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
    • Central, Southwest, North Central, Northern Stateline Latinx Business Webinars, November 18, at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
    • Northeast, East Central Latinx Business Webinars, November 20, at 10:00 a.m. Register HERE
    • OMEE Latinx Women Owned Business BIG Webinar, December 9, at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
  • (Will county businesses) Will County Small Business Assistance Grant Program
    • For more information please click here. You can apply in English and Spanish.
    • Deadline to apply is November 16, 2020.
  • (Chicago Restaurants and Bars) Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
    • For more information please click here. You an apply in English or Spanish.
    • Deadline to apply is November 23 at 11:59 pm
  • Private Funding
    • (Latina Owned Business) Ford Driving Dreams Latina Entrepreneurs – For more information please click here.
      • Deadline is November 13, 2020.
    • (Chicagoland Area Restaurants) DishRoulette Kitchen 2 Kitchen – grant for minority owned restaurants in the Chicagoland area. For more information visit:https://www.dishroulettekitchen.com/. You can apply in English or Spanish. Open to undocumented business owners.

If you have questions, please let me know. 

Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager

Hola,

Como la Gerente de Desarrollo para Negocios Latinos para el Departamento de Comercio y Oportunidades Económicas (DCEO por sus siglas en inglés) de Illinois, yo quería asegurarme de que sepan lo siguiente. Para unos de ustedes un poco de esta información va a hacer nueva información, para otros va a hacer recordatorios.

  • Programa de Subsidios por Interrupción Comercial (BIG por sus siglas en inglés) todavíaestá abierta. Es una subvención/beca no un préstamo.
    • Para más información en inglés o español, visite aquí.
    • Directrices de elegibilidad, para español haga clic aquí o para inglés haga clic aquí
    • Formulario de Certificación Comercial y Lista de costos Elegibles, para español haga clic aquí o para inglés haga clic aquí.
    • Pautas para empresas y organizaciones que reciben subvención por interrupción de negocios (Business Interruption Grants, BIG) y fondos de otros programas de la Ley CARES (PPP y EIDL), para español haga clic aquí o para inglés haga clic aquí.
    • Grabación de seminario web sobre BIG para español haga clic aquí o para inglés haga clic aquí
    • Si tiene preguntas en español haga clic aquí o en ingles haga clic aquí
    • Para aplicar en español haga clic aquí o en inglés haga clic aquí

*Si usar un número de ITIN para su negocio, usted puede aplicar si cumple con los criterios de elegibilidad. 

**Si necesita ayuda para aplicar, por favor hágame saber. 

***Si usted aplicó y no ha recibido una actualización, usted puede solicitar una llenando este formulario en español haga clic aquí o en inglés haga clic aquí.

  • Seminarios Web
    • (en español) Por todo el estado seminario web para empresas Latinx, 12 de noviembre a las 2:00 p.m. Registrarse aquí. También estará en Illinois DCEO Facebook Live.

(en inglés) Del Sur, Sureste, Centro Oeste, Noroeste seminario web para empresas Latinx, 13 de noviembre a las 2:00 p.m., Registrarse aquí.

    • (en inglés) Central, Sur oeste, Norte central, Norte de Illinois seminario web para empresas Latinx, 18 de noviembre a las 2:00 p.m. Registrarse aquí.
    • (en inglés) Noreste, Este central seminario web para empresas Latinx, 20 de noviembre a las 10:00 a.m. Registrarse aquí.
    • (en inglés) OMEE seminario web para propiedad de mujeres Latinas/X, 9 de diciembre a las 2:00 p.m. Registrarse aquí.
  • (Empresas en condado de Will) Programa de subvenciones de asistencia para pequeñas empresas del condado de Will
    • Para más información haga clic aquí. Usted puede aplicar en inglés o español.
    • Fecha límite es el 16 de noviembre de 2020.
  • (Restaurantes y bares en Chicago) Programa de Subvención de Hospitalidad de Chicago
    • Para más información por favor haga clic aquí. Usted puede aplicar en inglés o español.
    • Fecha límite es 23 de noviembre a las 11:59 p.m.
  • Financiamiento Privado
    • (Empresas propiedad de Latinas) Ford Driving Dream Emprendedoras Latinas – Para más información haga clic aquí. Información solamente esta en inglés.
      • Fecha límite es 13 de noviembre de 2020.
    • Restaurantes de Chicagoland (áreas en y alrededor de Chicago) DishRoulette Kitchen 2 Kitchen – Subvención para restaurantes propiedad de minorías. El restaurante debe está en o alrededor de Chicago. Para más información visita:https://www.dishroulettekitchen.com/aplica (información en español). Puede aplicar en inglés o español. Este programa está abierto también para dueños de negocios indocumentados.

Si tiene preguntas hágame saber.

Helping Businesses in the Coronavirus Environment

Helping Businesses in the Coronavirus Environment

Join the New Cicero Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 3 PM for a special Online, live Video Seminar with speakers who will help businesses navigate through the impact of the coronavirus.

Click this link to watch the seminar/workshop.

The Webinar ID is: 863 1033 0025
(We are using Zoom and you may want to download the FREE Zoom App to enhance your viewing experience. The audience will be able to submit questions on the site’s chat board that panelists will answer.)

Keynote Speaker: Ashley Swint

Ashley Swint, Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education
Ashley Swint, Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education

Ashley Swint holds a BA in Fashion Marketing & Management and an MBA in Marketing. I am an Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education for 10 years. Along with my classroom experience I have spent 15 years working in marketing both in Healthcare and Apparel sectors. Along with teaching, I run a marketing consulting firm for small businesses.

My goals as a professional and an educator are to enrich the lives of students entering the workforce, so that they may be prepared for the industry both in method and hands on experience.

 

Speaker: Vanessa Parrish

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College
Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

As a graduate of Health Systems Management from Loyola University, I have worked in healthcare the majority of my career, with the additional experience in business management.

Currently, working as a Director of Corporate Education at Morton College, I have found my interest in enhancing businesses capabilities, utilizing my previous management experience.

The goal for myself is to be able to give businesses that are interested in finding ways to enhance their operations, the means to do so in order to see communities and individuals flourish.

Speaker: Ismael Vargas

Ismael Vargas, Cicero Director of Business Licenses
Ismael Vargas, Cicero Director of Business Licenses

 

Ismael Vargas is the Business License Department Director for the Town of Cicero. Vargas has been a community activist for years and is also the chairman of the Cicero Clergy Committee and a member of the Cicero Chamber of COmmerce.

Emcee: Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania, Award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and spokesman for the Town of Cicero
Ray Hanania, Award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and spokesman for the Town of Cicero

Ray Hanania is the spokesman for the Town of Cicero and coordinator for the New Cicero Chamber of Commerce. He is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and veteran strategic communications consultant.

For information on the Live Webinar, Email Ray Hanania at RHanania@ThetownofCicero.com

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Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Click here for more information.

State Programs to Assist businesses

Chamber meeting Jan. 29, 2020 on State Programming. Spanish

State Programs to Assist businesses

Guest Speaker will be Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. 

Town President Larry Dominick, The Town of Cicero, and State Rep. Lisa Hernandez will join the Cicero Chamber of Commerce in hosting a meeting on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Avenue, beginning at 5 pm to discuss programs that the State of Illinois offers to the business community.

 Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

 

Click here to read our Press Release in English and Spanish.

State Programs to Assist businesses

Guest Speaker will be Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

The Town of Cicero, and State Rep. Lisa Hernandez will join the Cicero Chamber of Commerce in hosting a meeting on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Avenue, beginning at 5 pm to discuss programs that the State of Illinois offers to the business community.

Our Guest Speaker will be Manuel (Manny) Lopez, the Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. He will discuss programs and services from the State of Illinois that are available to local businesses.

Lopez will also be joined by Joe McKeown from team RED, and Pedro Pineda from the CMS (Central Management Office) will also be accompanying addressing the meeting.

Pineda speaks about the BEP (Business Enterprise Program) and the certification process and how it could be a benefit to small business owners.

Business License Director and Cicero Chaplain Ismael Vargas will also be present to answer questions about Cicero business requirements and needs at both meetings.

We will have guest speakers from the state of Illinois and the Illinois Legislature who will discuss how businesses can tap resources at the state level to achieve their business goals.

Watch for more details on this program which is free to our business members. Make sure to fill out the online membership form (free) so that you will be kept up to date about all of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce’s events.

Members must send an email and RSVP in order to attend the meetings. There is limited seating but we will try to accommodate all of the Chamber members. Please let us know if you will be attending by sending an email noting the meeting date and topic.

For more information visit the Chamber’s website at www.CiceroChamberOfCommerce.com

Manny Lopez Bio

Manny Lopez is the Regional Economic Development Manager for Cook County. As the newest member to join Team RED (Regional Economic Development) at DCEO, Manny helps businesses, communities, and workers learn about different State resources that are available to assist them.

Prior to joining team RED, Manny has worked in many different fields that included customer service and sales & operations. These roles have been spread over a career in companies that included Comcast, Colorado Technical University, and Enova Financial.  A proud United States Navy veteran, Manny has served in Hawaii, the Persian Gulf and even lived in South Korea for two years.

Manny earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration on marketing from DeVry University. He is a family man who loves spending time with his children and is dedicated to helping people thrive in their everyday life.

Pedro Pineda Info

“I’ve been with the state for 12 years. I started with Department of Human Services as a caseworker for 5 years then got promoted to CMS Department of Examining and Counseling where I worked for 4 and a half years and then moved to CMS Business Enterprise Program since 2018 where I’ve worked as the Outreach Coordinator. I graduated from Loyola University with a BA and attended Lewis University where I obtained my MBA. Long time South Side resident,” Pineda said.