current openings

Business Advisor, Accounting

One Year (Project-Based)


Work Location: Chicago, IL

IHCC represents a community of business owners and professionals committed to empowering individuals through entrepreneurship. With decades of combined business experience, IHCC 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 revenues and become more profitable.

We are inclusive. We are collaborative. We are a community.  We are IHCC.

The Business Advisor position at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce involves a high level of client interaction and relationship building with different stakeholders. It requires an individual that is detail-orientated, bilingual (English/Spanish), and able to manage multiple tasks to meet performance expectations.

IHCC is looking specifically for an advisor that has experience in accounting and/or finance that can help clients build and understand basic financial statements and develop increased financial literacy to better inform their business decisions.

  • Provide one-on-one counseling, with a specific focus on helping small businesses develop recovery and resiliency plans in response to the new challenges and opportunities that have emerged in the COVID economy. Business advisors are responsible for arranging and scheduling their own meetings.
  • Consult small businesses on the development of marketing plans, providing guidance and resources from strategy through implementation.
  • Research and analyze member and community needs in relation to marketing.
  • Schedule and deliver training workshops as needed.
  • Develop internal and external resources to accomplish project objectives.
  • Coordinate and cultivate relationships with various key stakeholders and groups.
  • Keep ongoing communication with clients and respond to their specific needs.
  • Effectively manage administrative tasks, such as maintaining a current and accurate database of client notes, workshops and webinars delivered, and other reporting requirements per the project guidelines.
  • Obtain information on client status including business growth, jobs created, business expansions, loans obtained, success stories and more.
  • Live tweet, FB and instagram events and recognize and tag sponsors and/or members.
  • Build and maintain relationships with local and national media outlets and manage public relations for IHCC including planning media interviews, drafting press releases/media advisories alerts and op-ed’s.
  • Provide support with event planning

****Other IHCC duties might apply

Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields (marketing, communications, media relations, journalism or digital marketing) from an accredited institution of higher learning and/or 5+ years related professional experience.

  • Strong marketing and sales background with experience in or knowledge of all of the key marketing functions
  • Digital Marketing, social media management and media-relations skills are required.
  • Knowledge of customer relationship management systems.
  • General background in business administration with knowledge of basic business functions, e.g., sales, marketing, operations, HR, and business strategy
  • Must be bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Ability to grasp terms and details
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and customer service skills
  • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization and external contacts
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and listening skills
  • Project a professional and positive image in dress, body language and attitude when representing IHCC

Experience in:

  • Google: Gmail and Google docs
  • Microsoft
  • Apple products
  • Preferred: Adobe Creative Suite & Adobe Photoshop and/or Canvas
  • Preferred: Photography & Video editing
  • Preferred: Podcasting
  • Preferred: Salesforce

Please submit all cover letters and resumes to Ivette Trevino at info@ihccbusiness.net. Include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

Dependent on experience and education.

current openings

Business Advisor

9 months - One Year (Project-Based)


Work Location: Chicago, IL

IHCC represents a community of business owners and professionals committed to empowering individuals through entrepreneurship. With decades of combined business experience, IHCC 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 revenues and become more profitable.

We are inclusive. We are collaborative. We are a community.  We are IHCC.

The Business Advisor position at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce involves a high level of client interaction and relationship building with different stakeholders. It requires an individual that is detail-orientated, bilingual (English/Spanish), and able to manage multiple tasks to meet performance expectations.

IHCC is looking specifically for an advisor that has experience in accounting and/or finance that can help clients build and understand basic financial statements and develop increased financial literacy to better inform their business decisions.

  • Provide one-on-one counseling, with a specific focus on helping small businesses develop recovery and resiliency plans in response to the new challenges and opportunities that have emerged in the COVID economy. Business advisors are responsible for arranging and scheduling their own meetings.
  • Schedule and deliver training workshops as needed.
  • Develop internal and external resources to accomplish project objectives.
  • Coordinate and cultivate relationships with various key stakeholders and groups.
  • Keep ongoing communication with clients and respond to their specific needs.
  • Effectively manage administrative tasks, such as maintaining a current and accurate database of client notes, workshops and webinars delivered, and other reporting requirements per the project guidelines.
  • Obtain information on client status including business growth, jobs created, business expansions, loans obtained, success stories and more.
  • ****Other IHCC duties might apply
Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting, or other relevant field and/or 5+ years related professional experience.
  • Strong accounting and finance background with ability to read and produce key financial statements and to create financial models/projections
  • General background in business administration with knowledge of basic business functions, e.g., sales, marketing, operations, HR, and business strategy
  • Must be bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Ability to grasp terms and details
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and customer service skills
  • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization and external contacts
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and listening skills
  • Project a professional and positive image in dress, body language and attitude when representing IHCC
  • Preferred: grant-writing skills
Experience in:
  • Accounting Softwares: QuickBooks or similar accounting softwares
  • Financial Reports: Balance Sheets, Profit & Loss Statements, Cash Flow Statements
  • Google: G Suite, Gmail and Calendar
  • Microsoft Office Products
  • Salesforce

Dependent on experience and education.

Please submit all cover letters and resumes to Ivette Trevino at info@ihccbusiness.net. Include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

current openings

USDOT SBTRC Project Director

IHCC represents a community of business owners and professionals committed to empowering individuals through entrepreneurship. With decades of combined business experience, IHCC 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 revenues and become more profitable. We are inclusive. We are collaborative. We are a community. We are IHCC. The position provides leadership and oversight for program activities and initiatives designed to attract new DBE businesses and to support existing businesses that are classified as economically and socially disadvantaged. They will also work closely with partner organizations and subject matter experts to plan and execute events, webinars, and business development opportunities to serve potential and existing businesses. The Project Director will manage one other project staff to ensure all project activities under the Great Lakes Small Business Transportation Resource Center are implemented effectively and efficiently, and all goals are successfully met.
KEY RESPONSABILITIES:

● Create business development and matchmaking opportunities for clients and customers.
● Provide oversight for the design, development and quality of the Center’s outreach, marketing, and communication for all program activities and events.
● Manage the relationship with the marketing and communications department, and external vendors as needed to produce marketing collateral and promotional efforts (tasks include development and delivery of marketing materials)
● Work closely with partner organizations to co host events, webinars and related activities designed to assist MBEs and DBEs to access resources, tools, and technical expertise to access contracts and procurement opportunities
● Assist with developing impact reports to support the quality and delivery of grant objectives
● Oversee the quality and relevance of content for the Center’s website and social media platforms.

● Develop and cultivate robust partnerships with public and private organizations, corporate partners and small businesses to advance the reach and impact of SBTRC priorities.
● Lead the engagement and coordination with government, non-profit and private stakeholders to promote domestic business, contracts and procurement opportunities for MBEs and DBEs.
● Communicate opportunities, initiatives, and events with all existing and prospective partners in the public, private and corporate sectors.

● Develop a system and process for managing business client leads and strengthen existing mechanisms to better engage existing business clients.
● Partner and coordinate with other IHCC programs to synchronize areas where centers and programs overlap in its services to support the small business community.
● Design efficient process and systems for managing client services by connecting them to appropriate resources, technical assistance (certification, bonding, contracting), and subject matter experts to support the needs and goals of business owners.
● Develop relationships and partnerships with consultants, subject matter experts, and chamber partners to identify solutions and technical assistance to help clients succeed.

● Represent and communicate the mission and program goals of the Great Lakes Region SBTRC to internal and external stakeholders and how SBTRC works closely with IHCC to advance the economic development goals to support disadvantaged and minority businesses.
● Develop and manage all program updates and grant reports to Great Lakes Region SBTRC stakeholders, SBTRC/U.S. DOT, and IHCC leadership.
● Participate in all SBTRC/U.S. DOT monthly meetings and engagements as lead representative for the Great Lakes SBTRC.
● Manage, train and supervise all staff who supports the Great Lakes SBTRC.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

University degree in business development, marketing, business management

● Strong understanding of small businesses, U.S. government grants and contracts, U.S. government reporting and planning process
● Excellent planning, project management and personnel management skills
● Advanced written and verbal communication skills
● Flexible, creative, and able to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
● Excellent interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence
● Ability to engage senior leaders and small business community members
● Collaborative and strategic in partnering with other teams and departments to achieve program goals

● A minimum of 5 years of work-related experience in business development, project management, and implementation of activities in the economic development sector or a nonprofit organization.
● Excellent project management experience with attention to detail.
● Adept with identifying new business opportunities to serve clients.
● Experience with designing data collection tools and research methods to develop impact reports highly desired.
● Proven experience in leading a program and team towards achieving results under pressure.
● Demonstrated experience in building collaborative relationships and unity within an organization to ensure program operations excel.

If you are interested and would like to apply please submit your resume and cover letter by December 15, 2020 to AChavez@ihccbusiness.net .

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