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IHCC is ready to assist Small Businesses Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is Offering Low-Interest Federal Disaster Loans for Working Capital to Small Businesses Suffering Substantial Economic Injury as a Result of The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Chicago, IL (HINA) As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the health and safety of our members and our communities remain the top priority at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC). Immediately following Governor J.B. Pritzker’s request to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to declare the State of Illinois in need of Economic Injury Disaster Loans, the IHCC is ready to help small businesses apply for SBA Disaster Loans. The SBA is offering designated states including the State of Illinois, low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Following the Governor’s declaration, the SBA has issued relief under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, and Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

“We thank Governor J.B. Pritzker for taking swift action on calling for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration so that Illinois can receive SBA disaster Loans,” said Jaime di Paulo, President & CEO, IHCC. “The IHCC is ready to get to work to make sure that all the necessary steps are taken to guarantee Latino-owned businesses receive the assistance they need to continue operating in the State of Illinois. Too often, Latino- owned businesses are left out of such opportunities and we are here to make sure that no longer happens to businesses that greatly contribute to the US economy year after year.”

The SBA has been authorized to provide small business assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to several states, including Illinois. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. You can find more information at SBA.gov/disaster.

Any small business owners located in the State of Illinois that are interested in applying for an SBA Disaster Loan should fill out this form https://www.ihccbusiness.net/sba-loans-coronavirus.

The IHCC is also working with a list of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and business leaders to share this information and work together on bringing assistance to small businesses as soon as possible.

The IHCC is ready and prepared to assist in making certain that Latino-owned businesses are included and receive the assistance that they need to apply for these loans. The IHCC believes a vibrant, thriving Latino business community is as important to our economy as it is to our community.

The IHCC understands that the COVID-19 virus is having a tremendous impact on our economy, the lasting effects of which we simply do not yet know, but there is clearly a growing sense of urgency and we understand our members and our businesses are being severely and immediately impacted. The IHCC will continue to provide our membership with updates as they become available. (Hispanic News Agency – Press Release service)

Make the Connections is around the corner!

Save the Date: August 1st at the Marriott Marquis. Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,  Make the Connection Signature Breakfast is right around the corner.

Negocios Now is proud of being a partner of the event that gathers leaders of the Illinois Hispanic business community.

This year’s keynote speaker is Richard Montañez, the creator of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Come hear about Richard’s journey from being a janitor to becoming the Vice President of Multicultural Sales & Community Activation at PepsiCo. This is our largest event of the year, get your tickets before we are all sold out. RSVP at bit.ly/ihccsb2019.

The Make the Connection!® IHCC Signature Breakfast convenes the Midwest Hispanic business community for a morning of networking and collaboration.

More than 800 Hispanic business owners from all industries come together to meet their peers, build relationships and be re-inspired to continue on their entrepreneurial journeys.

This year’s theme celebrates entrepreneurs as MAKERS. They make products and services that create value and joy for their customers.

They take jobs that provide a living and purpose for the people in their communities. They make a vision for how the world could be.

IHCC to host transportation and infrastructure meeting

The Illinois Hispanic Chamber Commerce will host transportation and infrastructure meeting with transportation leaders from across the city, county, and state to discuss over $20 billion in infrastructure investments over the next decade.


Jose Alvarez, Executive Director, Illinois Tollway

Martin A. Sandoval, 11th District, Illinois State Senator

Luis Arroyo Jr., 8th District, Cook County Commissioner

Gilbert Villegas, 36th Ward, City of Chicago Alderman

Dorval Carter, President, Chicago Transit Authority

Paul Kovacs, Chief Engineering Officer, Illinois Tollway

Jamie Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation

Rebekah Scheinfeld, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation

WHAT: to discuss Illinois transportation agencies’ investment of over $20 billion in infrastructure over the next decade.

WHERE: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60607 (second floor)

WHEN:  Thursday, May 02, 2019, 8:00 – 10:30 AM

8:00 AM – Networking

                            8:50 AM – Program begins

                             10:30 AM -Program concludes

MEDIA RSVP: Ivette Treviño at LTrevino@ihccbusiness.net or 312-425-9500


Editorial: En busca de un nuevo líder

  Tras la salida de Omar Duque, su Presidente y Director Ejecutivo, la Cámara Hispana de Comercio de Illinois (IHCC),  busca un nuevo líder que conduzca los destinos de la organización a puerto seguro.
  Pero quién podría tomar el mando de lo que se considera la principal cámara hispana de Medio Oeste?
  Fuese quien fuese el sucesor, nos gustaría  ver a un líder que tenga la capacidad de aglutinar en torno a IHCC a toda la comunidad latina de negocio, incluyendo las pequeñas cámaras hispanas de Chicago y suburbios de Illinois para así hacer honor a su nombre.
   La persona elegida debería de tener el conocimiento suficiente para entender la dinámica de un sector empresarial latino que, si bien crece rápidamente, necesita ayuda de capacitacion de todo tipo, que van desde superación profesional hasta acceso a recurso imprescindibles para el crecimiento.
  El nuevo dirigente de IHCC debe, sin dudas, poseer el carisma y las relaciones corporativas y gubernamentales necesarias para  fortalecer la organización y expandir su influencia a Illinois y más allá de sus fronteras.
 Como miembro activo de IHCC desde hace más de 10 anos, Negocios Now siempre estará abierto a trabajar con el nuevo dirigente en su irrenunciable objetivo de cubrir nuestra comunidad latina de negocios, promoviendo, abriendo los ojos a las oportunidades y los obstáculos o celebrando su proverbial éxito.