About Us

The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) is a grantee of the U.S. Department of Transportation and hosts the Great Lakes Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC). The Great Lakes Region SBTRC serves the states of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The IHCC empowers entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. The IHCC is a community of business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals committed to empowering individuals through economic growth. With decades of combined business experience, the organization engages entrepreneurs through community advocacy, networking, and innovative one-on-one training designed to help them be leaders and agents of change in today’s world. We contribute to the financial strength of the economy by helping businesses create jobs, increase their revenue and be more profitable.


The Great Lakes Region SBTRC provides an array of technical assistance to build the capacity of small and disadvantaged businesses that include:

  •     Business Analyses
  •     Market Research and Procurement Assistance
  •     General Management & Technical Assistance
  •     Business Counseling & Coaching
  •     Regional Planning Committees
  •     Liaison between Prime Contractors and Sub-Contractors
  •     Outreach/Conference Participation
  •     Capital Access and Surety Bond Assistance
  •     Women & Girls In Transportation Initiative (WITI)

Contact us

Jaime di Paulo, IHCC Executive Director
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite c/o 1871
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312 425-9500
Jacob Perez
Small Business Transportation Resource Center Director (SBTRC)                                                                           
Phone: 312-528-5420                                                                                                     Email: jperez@sbtrcgreatlakes.us
Keren Malca
SBTRC Project Coordinator
Phone: 312-425-9500
Email: keren@ihccbusiness.net

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