• Hispanic Heritage Month

     
     
    National Hispanic Heritage Month –
    Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana
     
     
     
     
    DCEO continues to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, every year during September 15 – October 15, by offering a series of webinars targeting Latinx business owners in English and
    Spanish. If you have any questions regarding any of the events, please email Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager, at diana.alfaro@illinois.gov
     
    ·        Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., “OMEE Grant: Best Practices” – We will be discussing best practices for applying for state grants, specifically, OMEE grant. Hosted by DCEO-OMEE and Office of Accountability. Register HERE
     
    Speakers include, but not limited to:
    - Eira Corral Sepúlveda, Village Clerk for Hanover Park
    - Kimberly Hill, DCEO Chief Accountability Officer
    - Tiffany Hawkins, Cannabis Loan and Grant Program Manager
     
    ·        Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., “Equity in Film: Latinx Perspectives” – We will be discussing equity in film. Hosted by DCEO-OMEE and DCEO IL Film Office. Register HERE
     
    Speakers include, but not limited to:
    - Film programmer, Raul Benitez
    - Filmmaker, Erika Valenciana
    - Filmmaker, Christian Mejía
    - Latino Film Festival, Pepe Vargas
    - Peter Hawley, DCEO Deputy Director Illinois Film Office
     
    ·        Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., “The Brand of U & How to Work It” - A workshop on branding in today's COVID-19 environment. The workshop will cover how entrepreneurs can brand and leverage technology to pivot their business to work for them during COVID-19. Learn from business 'disruptors' on how to capitalize using innovative approaches to position your business for success. Hosted by DCEO, GROUPON and LULAC - Latina Entrepreneurs NOW, in partnership with Latina Executive and Entrepreneur Network (L.E.E.N.), Mujeres Latinas en Accion and Chicago Latina Moms. Register HERE
     
    Speakers include, but not limited to:
    - Sol Flores, Deputy Governor of Illinois
    - Melanie Hellenga, VP, Brand Marketing, Groupon
    - Erin Guthrie, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
    - Letty Vélez, CEO of Vélez Global Enterprises & IC Genius
    - Adela Cepeda, Chair, Angeles Investors
    - Lizette Espinosa, CEO and Co-Founder, Infanttech
    - Anita Padilla, Anchor, Fox 32 Chicago
    - Caroline Sanchez Crozier, Founder and President, CSC Consulting Group
     
    ·        Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., “Regulations, Workforce, and Finances” – Come here how to obtain applicable business licenses from IDFPR, how to hire and expand workforce, and business finances. Hosted by DCEO-OMEE and DCEO-OET in partnership with the Greater Peoria Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Register HERE
     
    Speakers include, but not limited to:
    - Julio Rodriguez, DCEO Deputy Director of Employment & Training
    - Guadalupe Muchmore, Sr. Human Resources Generalist, Wittenstein
    - Tom Abraham, President of Small Business Capital, Byline Bank
    - Cecilia Abundis, Acting Director, Division of Professional Regulation, Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
     
    ·        Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., “Latinas in Manufacturing” – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, National Women Business Month, and Manufacturing Month, this webinar will discuss how Latinas in manufacturing got into the business, pivoted, and expanded into leadership roles. Hosted by DCEO-OMEE, DCEO-OET and Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE). Register HERE
     
    Speakers include, but not limited to:
    - Patricia Mota, President & CEO, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)
    - Brenda R. Wheeler, President, Jason Mechanical Corp.
    - Rosa Maria Barnes, HR Business Partner, The Kraft Heinz Company
    - Nancy A. Garcia, Chief Executive Officer / President, Noble Machine, LLC
     
    ·        Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., “Certification and Government Contracting” – come here about how to get your business certified and expand into government contracting. Hosted by DCEO-OMEE, Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CMS-BEP, Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Register HERE
     
    Speakers include, but not limited to:
    - Erin Guthrie, Director - Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
    - Kristi Dula, DCEO Deputy Director of Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology
    - Fernanda Pedraza-Schmitt, Branch Manager, Springfield, IL Branch Office, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
    - Irma Lopez, Outreach Manager, CMS Business Enterprise Program
    Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Representative
     
    ·        (Spanish Webinar) Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., “Certification and Government Contracting” – come hear about how to get your business certified and expand into government contracting. Hosted by DCEO-OMEE, Groupon, Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CMS-BEP, Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Mujeres Latinas en Accion. Register HERE
     
    Speakers include, but not limited to:
    - Ramiro Cavazos, President & Chief Executive Officer, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)
    - Jaime di Paulo, President and CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    - Fernanda Pedraza-Schmitt, Branch Manager, Springfield, IL Branch Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
    - Irma Lopez, Outreach Manager, CMS Business Enterprise Program
    Adrian Soto - Executive Director, Greater Southwest Development Corporation
     
    (En español) jueves, 15 de octubre de 2020 a las 2:00 p.m., “Certificación y Contratación Pública” – venga a escuchar cómo certificar su negocio y expandirse a la contratación pública. Coorganizado por DCEO-OMEE, Groupon, Caucus Legislativo Latino de Illinois, Cámara Comercio Hispana de Illinois en alianza con CMS-BEP, Aurora Cámara de Comercio Hispana Regional y Mujeres Latinas en Acción. Por favor regístrese aquí: gr.pn/herencia-hispana
     
    Los oradores incluyen, entre otros:
    - Ramiro Cavazos, Presidente y Director Ejecutivo, Cámara de Comercio Hispana de estados unidos (USHCC por sus siglas en inglés)
    - Jaime di Paulo, Presidente y Director Ejecutivo, Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Illinois
    - Fernanda Pedraza-Schmitt, Gerente de Sucursal, Springfield, IL Sucursal, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA por sus siglas en inglés)
    - Irma Lopez, Gerente de extensión, CMS Business Enterprise Program
    - Adrian Soto, Director Ejecutivo, Greater Southwest Development Corporation
     
    For more information on webinars from Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) please...
     
     
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    Sincerely,
     
    DCEO
     
     
     
     
     
     
    COVID-19: Help for businesses, workers and residents:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Office of Minority Economic Empowerment
     
     
     
     
    Online with OMEE - The Business Development Managers from Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) are excited to host you for Online with OMEE – an open online conversation with OMEE constituents (racial/ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veteran owned businesses). We will provide you with the latest updates regarding federal and state programs, and answer any questions you may have about other available resources.
     
    • Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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