CategoriesCEO Letter

From the first day the emergency was declared due to Covid-19, the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) is fighting for legislation, executive actions and other state government efforts to support small businesses devastated by the pandemic – ensuring that financial aid and support programs are both available and accessible to hispanic business owners.

Organizations like IHCC played a central role in shaping and securing passage of the CARES Act, including the law’s unprecedented small business emergency loan and other relief measures in the city of Chicago and the rest of the State of Illinois.

We are now working to ensure:

  • Small business emergency and disaster loan programs created or expanded by the CARES Act do not run out of funds, so that no small business is left behind because others secure funds first.
  • New business startups and venture-backed companies have access to financial assistance they need to continue running, growing and creating much-needed jobs.

In addition to fighting for direct assistance for hispanic small businesses, we are advocating to help support and strengthen the ecosystem for small companies, including financial aid and support for local chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and associations.

These organizations—which are small employers themselves—play an absolutely critical role in the fabric of their communities, and they need financial assistance to stay afloat and continue supporting the recovery of their local businesses.

The IHCC’s has the capacity, experience and resources at your disposal. We are here to help. All you have to do is call 312 425 9500 or write us a note at

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