Hispanic Heritage Month

 

"Celebrating the impact of Latino communities in Illinois."

Illinois is honored to celebrate our diverse Latino communities in observation of Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th – October 15th as well as amplifying Support Latino Business Day on September 14th - a national call to action that acknowledges and encourages support for Latino owned businesses. During this monthlong celebration, DCEO is teaming up with industry organizations, chambers of commerce, civic groups, and small business owners to host a series of events focused on highlighting and honoring community leaders, organizations, and business enterprises throughout the state, as well as connecting new and existing business owners with resources to help them grow and thrive.

Proclamation

View the Support Latino Business Day and Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation.
 

National Support Latino Business Day Events

Viva La Cultura – A Special Event for Special Event Vendors
Wednesday | September 14, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | 55th & Homan at PODER (in-person)

Come out for an event that feature a variety of vendors that an individual would need for special events such as quinceañeras, weddings, fundraisers, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

 

BMO Harris - National Support Latino Business Day Reception
Wednesday | September 14, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. |BMO Harris, 320 S. Canal, Chicago, IL, Union Conference room, 2nd Fl (in-person but RSVP required) | Register

Join Illinois leaders for a reception and panel discussion on available resources and how Illinois is collectively supporting Latino Businesses. The event will be moderated by WGN's Lourdes Duarte.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

(Spanish) Recursos Financieros Para Empresas (RFE) - ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a financiar mi negocio?
jueves | 29 de septiembre de 2022 | 11 am | DCEO Facebook Live or WebEx - Register

¿Quiere aprender cómo obtener capital para iniciar o crecer su negocio? O tal vez solo necesite asistencia financiera durante tiempos difíciles para su negocio. Únase a nuestro seminario web el jueves 29 de septiembre, para una discusión de diferentes antecedentes y experiencia en recursos financieros.

 

Boost Your Impact with Social Capital
Saturday | October 1, 2022 | 11 am | Macy's on State St. 111 N. State St., Chicago, IL (in-person) | Register

Join us at the Latina Expo for a very engaging workshop. For the first part of the workshop, we will hear from Illinois Latina entrepreneurs and leaders as they share their experience in growing their social capital and impacting their local communities with that capital. Then for the second part of the workshop, there will be an interactive activity to increase attendees' networks.

For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month and Support Latino Business Day events planned for businesses, contact Diana Alfaro, the Latinx Business Development Manager, at Diana.Alfaro@Illinois.gov or to learn more about ongoing resources and programs for businesses, follow DCEO on social media @IllinoisDCEO.

 

Support Latino Business Day & Hispanic Heritage Month Tool Kit & Resources

In the link below you will find tips, sample social media posts, graphics and ideas on how to celebrate and promote Support Latino Business Day & Hispanic Heritage Month! 

                                 Support Latino Business Day & Hispanic Heritage Month Toolkit, click HERE or para español haga clic Aquí

Here is some information on where you can find Latino-owned businesses:

  • Mercados (Markets)
    • Every Friday during the summer and September, Mercado on Fifth in Moline, IL has an outdoor market. For more information click HERE.
    • Every Saturday and Sunday ¡WEPA! Mercado del Pueblo in Humboldt Park, Chicago is open to the public. For more information click HERE.

Here are lists from community partners of Latino-owned businesses in their areas.


For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month and Support Latino Business Day events planned for businesses, contact Diana Alfaro, the Latinx Business Development Manager, at Diana.Alfaro@Illinois.gov or to learn more about ongoing resources and programs for businesses, follow DCEO on social media @IllinoisDCEO.