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.

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The Office administers Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME), an investment program developed to strengthen Illinois’ start-up and small business community by tapping into the potential of minority entrepreneurs. The program will identify high-potential minority entrepreneurs and provide start to finish support to help them grow their business.


Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) Business Workshop

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Kankakee Public Library
201 E. Merchant Street
Kankakee, IL 60901

This is a free event but registration is requested. 
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
9:00am – 11:00am
Taqueria San Juanito
4714 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

The event is FREE but registration is required.
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For information please contact:

Sharon Polk, ADME Program Coordinator
Office: 312.814.5704

Alma Tello, Deputy Director for OMEE (si hablo español)

Derrick Champion, African American Business Development Manager
Office: 312.814.8736

Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager (si hablo español)
Office: 312-814-4849


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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