Series of Black Business Month Events Set For August

Series of Black Business Month Events Set For August

The Kane County Development and Community Services Department is encouraging Kane County residents and businesses to take part in a series of Black Business Month events hosted by the state’s Office of Minority Economic Empowerment.

The goal is to ensure minority enterprises have an equal opportunity to contribute to the growth of the Illinois economy and serve as an advocate for businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups in traditionally economically-disadvantaged groups.

Upcoming National Black Business Month Events

Black Business Lending: Access to Capital & Tax Incentives

When: 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20

Groupon and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity present Black Business Lending: Access to Capital & Tax Incentives. We’ll cover how Black Businesses can access financial resources and tax incentives to scale and grow a sustainable business that increases overall economic opportunity and growth in communities of color.

Keynote Welcome: Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs

Moderator: Matthew Simpson, African American Business Development Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Panelists:

  • Bo Steiner, Deputy Director, U.S Small Business Administration
  • Brad McConnell, CEO, Accion Chicago, Chairman, National Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Jonathan McGee, Deputy Director, Regional Economic Development
  • Marcus Yancy, Economic Development Lending & Special Projects Officer, LISC Chicago

This is the second in a series of virtual panel discussions in celebration of National Black Business Month. For more on the series, visit gr.pn/nbbmmerchant.

Register HERE:  https://bit.ly/309UUaO

Navigating COVID-19 and Civil Unrest: Federal and State Resources for Black Businesses

2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27

Groupon and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity present Federal and State Financial Resources for Black Businesses amidst COVID-19 and Civil Unrest. We’ll cover how Black Businesses can take advantage of federal/state COVID-19 grant/loan relief programs and rebuild damaged businesses post-civil unrest.

Featured Speakers:

Keynote Welcome: Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton & Groupon Interim CEO, Aaron Cooper

Moderator: Jonathan McGee, Deputy Director, Regional Economic Development

Panelists:

  • Marc Morial, President, National Urban League
  • Mark Ferguson, Assistant Deputy Director, United States Small Business Administration
  • Matthew Simpson, African American Business Development Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
  • Stephanie Hart, Founder, Brown Sugar Bakery

This is the third in a series of virtual panel discussions in celebration of National Black Business Month. For more on the series, visit gr.pn/nbbmmerchant.

Register HERE:  http://bit.ly/310SHhd

To learn more about Groupon’s community-building efforts, please visit: community.groupon.com

National Black Business Month 2020

 

Celebrating entrepreneurship and self determination

  • Aug. 17: Access to Capital – A conversation on business finance, and how entrepreneurs — from start-ups experienced business owners – can put themselves in position to tap into capital markets. Click Here to Register
  • Aug. 19: “Leveling up your marketing and operations for success during COVID”
    This Webinar is for Black Women who want to learn how to market their business and improve operations for success during a pandemic. Click Here to Register
  • Aug. 24: Strength in Numbers —  Discussing the need for collaboration in business development, and how unity brings success and facilitates growth. Will also touch on the reality that we cannot do it alone. Click Here to Register
  • Aug. 26: OMEE & Illinois SBDC Presents: ADME Each month we will offer a dynamic discussion on a business topic and highlight one of OMEE’s focus communities. This month the discussion is marketing and the highlight is National Black Business Month! Click Here to Register
  • Aug. 31: A Vision for Your Brand – A conversation on branding and ensuring that entrepreneurs understand how to present and position their company in the best way possible. Click Here to Register

OMEE Events

The webinars are open to everyone; however, please note that there are webinars that do target specific communities. OMEE is working towards conducting more webinars; therefore, if you don’t see one that appeals to you below OMEE or DCEO’s Regional Economic Development office may have one for you in the near future. Feel free to contact  CEO.OMEE@illinois.gov.

For information please contact:

Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager (si hablo español)
Diana.alfaro@illinois.gov
312.919.3620

Matthew J. Simpson, African American Business Development Manager
Matthew.simpson@illinois.gov
312.520.0434

Ibie Hart, Woman’s Business Development Manager
Ibie.Hart@illinois.gov
773.951.8542

Tiffany T. Hawkins, Cannabis Loan and Grant Program Manager
Tiffany.Hawkins@illinois.gov
312.793.9702

Contact the First Stop Business Information Center Helpline at: 1-800-252-2923.  Spanish speaking assistance is also available at that number.

Follow DCEO on Social Media:

Twitter: @IllinoisDCEO
Facebook: @illinoisdceo
LinkedIn: Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Community Partners

SOURCE: state of Illinois news release