The President & CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), Jaime di Paulo, had the opportunity to meet today with SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, who returned to her beloved Chicago for a working visit.
The meeting served to thank her for her negotiations as the head of the Agency, which has allowed her to deliver more support in the last three months, through the EIDL and PPP programs, than all those distributed in the last two decades.
These grants prevented tens of thousands of businesses in Illinois from going bankrupt and millions more in the rest of the country.
Di Paulo explained to Carranza the difficulties faced by many chambers of commerce across the Nation, which were excluded from accessing PPP funds, and are now running out of resources to continue helping many businesses that will continue to need technical assistance and support during these difficult times, and even after the pandemic ends.
IHCC ‘s President also pledged to continue building the Small Business Development Center, a program where our Chamber helps specifically small businesses, as a model of support for these difficult times.