The Cook County Small Business Source is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and our BSO partners that have served more than 1,000 Hispanic-owned businesses (comprising 17% of all business advising clients) since 2021. Based in Chicago, the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) makes up one of the largest networks of Latine business owners in Illinois and the Midwest.
Recently, we asked Michael Mendez, who serves as one of the IHCC’s dedicated business advisors, how IHCC helps to support and strengthen small Latine-owned businesses in Cook County. In 2022, through The Source, IHCC conducted 400 business advising sessions with businesses from 80 different Cook County municipalities and hosted ten webinars. Michael attributes IHCC’s success to the fact that, “IHCC serves as a trusted advisor for businesses in the Latine-owned business community, allowing us to provide crucial and often strategic advice about available opportunities.”
IHCC is one of 11 Business Support Organizations (BSOs) within The Source’s collaborative network dedicated to supporting small businesses in any stage of development, providing guidance through no-cost business advising.