The Little Village Chamber of Commerce provides many initiatives to help their local business community. The Little Village is a thriving commercial area in Chicago’s West Side that is home to over 1,000 businesses and has the largest Mexican population in the Midwest. The Little Village Chamber of Commerce’s programs focus on helping their community develop and prosper through advocacy, assistance, commercial development and training.
In 2017, the Little Village Chamber of Commerce was awarded a $10,000 Local Chamber Grant from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation. The grant was awarded for their Juntos Empredemos program. The Juntos Empredemos program educates new business owners on the fundamental aspects of small business development, such as administration: customer service; marketing; financial strategies; human resources; and leadership. This program is unique in that it is the first business education program conducted completely in Spanish within the greater Chicago area.
The Little Village Chamber of Commerce’s Juntos Empredemos program proved to be a success! Over the course of the year, 86 individuals registered and 60 of them graduated with an 80 percent attendance rate or above. Below are the dates the three cohorts ran and the number of participants each had:
- June 8, 2017- August 10, 2017
- 35 participants
- August 24, 2017- October 10,2017
- 24 participants
- January 18, 2018-March 22, 2018
- 27 participants
The Little Village Chamber of Commerce used their grant to provide the coordinator’s salary, participant’s workbooks, class refreshments, and social media promotions.
The USHCC is proud that the Local Chamber Grant program was able to impact the Little Village Chamber of Commerce’s small business community in such a meaningful way.
For more information on the Juntos Empredemos program of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce visit their website littlevillagechamber.org/
About the Local Chamber Grant Program
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce provides local chamber members access to funds each year for existing programs that strengthen and foster the growth of small business communities. Multiple grants ranging in size are awarded to local chambers who continue to serve their members and local business communities. These funds have supported a variety of programs, spanning from empowering entrepreneurs, promoting green energy, and advancing diversity and inclusion.