Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment

Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment


Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment

​The Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) is committed to providing minority-, women-, persons with disabilities and veteran-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs across the state with equitable access to opportunities and resources. Through dynamic partnerships, targeted outreach, and tailored programs and initiatives, OMEE aims to create an inclusive business ecosystem for communities that have traditionally faced systemic barriers to entry and growth. This investment spurs local economic development in underserved areas resulting in a revitalized and thriving Illinois economy. Download the OMEE one-pager for more information.

The State of Illinois is committed to ensuring that communities historically impacted by the criminalization of cannabis have an opportunity to participate in the legal cannabis industry. Visit Cannabis Social Equity for more information.

Minority-Owned Business Capital Grants

Over $11 million in Minority-Owned Business Capital Grants, otherwise known as "OMEE Grants" were distributed to 20 businesses and 12 business incubators across the state. To view a full list of grant recipients, click on the links below:

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OMEE Business Community Database: The Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) is gathering contact and business information for an internal database to support our businesses and stakeholders more effectively. Please click here to update your information with us. Feel free to reach us at with any questions. Thank you!

(español) Base de datos de la comunidad empresarial de OMEE: La Oficina de Empoderamiento Económico para Minorías (OMEE por sus siglas en inglés) está recopilando información de contacto para desarrollar una base de datos interna para apoyar a nuestros negocios y socios de manera más efectiva. Haga clic aquí para enviar su información. No dude en comunicarse con nosotros en con cualquier pregunta. ¡Muchas gracias!