Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment


Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment

The Office of Minority Economic Empowerment will focus and promote opportunities for all minority communities across the state through targeted programs, resources and advocates. 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.


For information please contact:

Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager (si hablo español)

Matthew J. Simpson, African American Business Development Manager

Ibie Hart, Woman’s Business Development Manager

Sharon Polk, ADME Marketing Industry Specialist

Tiffany T. Hawkins, Cannabis Loan and Grant Program Manager

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



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