Black and Latino
The Black and Latino Excellence Investment Summit is a multi-phased effort designed to provide counsel, connections to support including technical assistance, and ultimately, access to capital for Black and Latino-owned small businesses on Chicago’s South and West-Sides.
This program’s first cohort of 2022 connected 11 business-owners, interested in scaling their operations, with technical assistance resources and funding opportunities. The effort is intended to accelerate the flow of capital to minority-led businesses, as access to capital is critical to growing resilient small businesses and sustaining vibrant communities.
After hosting our inaugural event on June 16, 2022, we are now accepting applications for our second small business cohort for 2023.
In tandem with the Mayor’s Office and other key partners, World Business Chicago’s Community Impact team’s objective is to challenge the status quo, namely access to capital gap and promote equitable economic development.
Participating Business Profile
Retail, light manufacturing or professional services
At least $250,000
Years in Business
At least 3 years
Have identified clear development goals that require capital investment
About the Businesses
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A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors & Partners
About the CI Team
The Community Impact Team supports equitable economic development across the city’s South and West-Sides. As part of that work, we actively support the implementation of the Mayor’s signature INVEST South/West initiative, which you can learn more about here.