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Edgar Candelas


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Edgar Candelas


Title: President

Organization: Northwest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Edgar Candelas is the current president of the Northwest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a chamber dedicated to supporting Hispanic small businesses in suburban Chicagoland. Candelas has been involved with NWHCC for several years and served on its board before becoming president in 2022. Under his leadership, the organization has experienced significant growth by helping small businesses through programming, advocacy, collaboration and by offering other business resources.

Candelas’ passion for financial literacy stems from his personal experience as a small business owner. Alongside his uncle, he operated a logistics business in Chicagoland that ultimately failed due to a lack of resources and coaching. Given access to the resources available today, their business might still be operating. This experience inspired Candelas to study finance and make a difference in the community by ensuring that all Hispanic businesses have access to the resources they need to succeed.

Edgar Candelas is also an Assistant Vice President at Barrington Bank & Trust (Wintrust Community Bank), with over 8 years of engaging the Hispanic community by identifying opportunities & providing solutions that help establish solid financial foundations. Edgar is responsible for new small business development, driving new initiatives on programing, and identifying opportunities for strategic growth specializing in Small business Finance.

Words of Wisdom: Fight to give back to your community, and strive to make a difference because that’s what you will be remembered for.