ILBCC Plans Costa Rica International Office

After attending the successful National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) International Trade Mission to Costa Rica in February 2020, Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce (ILBCC) announced the opening of an international office in the country. “The purpose of the trade mission was to do business in Costa Rica and research strategic areas offering great opportunities in predominately black demographics,”…


Straight, No Chaser: Combating Coronavirus

In Support of a Mobilized National Response This Straight, No Chaser discusses combating Coronavirus in the midst of the current pandemic. Here’s the question of the day: What’s the best public health response? What’s not being done that should be done? How We Got Here Let’s begin by acknowledging that much of this has become necessary because of the failure to have…


Legislators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Women Entrepreneurs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise Act of 2020, to reauthorize a federal interagency committee that helps coordinate federal resources to encourage the formation, growth and success of women-owned businesses. There…

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ILBCC Joins the NBCC International Trade Mission to Costa Rica

Over the years, the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) Trade Mission has successfully traveled the world connecting entrepreneurs of color and matchmaking chamber members’ talents and markets. These tours provide an opportunity to do business, explore opportunities and experience first-hand the environment. The first NBCC International Trade Mission for 2020 will be to Costa Rica, February 24–28. Invited by Epsy…


Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Should Be A Vehicle To Do Purposeful Work In The World We found a great article written by Brad Nardick for that resonated with being entrepreneurs wanting to solve problems of the world. Here is the full piece. Growing up, all of my mentors were entrepreneurs. For example, my dad is an entrepreneur—and the current CEO of our…

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Black In Business: Celebrating the Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship

As we celebrate Black History Month 2020, Forbes has put together an awesome article giving history of the legacy of black entrepreneurship in America. Written by Ruth Umoh and Brianne Garrett, the article provides facts, videos, bios and a timeline of black entrepreneurship in this country. Here is an excerpt of the piece written by Ruth Umohand we encourage you…

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In Black History: National Negro Business League

The National Negro Business League (NNBL) was founded by Booker T. Washington in Boston, Massachusetts in 1900.  The league, which predated the United States Chamber of Commerce by 12 years, strives to enhance the commercial and economic prosperity of the African American community. The NNBL was formally incorporated in 1901 in New York, and established hundreds of chapters across the United…

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Illinois Entrepreneurs Hope New Dispensary Licenses Will Benefit Minority Business Owners

Source: NBC Chicago Thursday was the last day to apply for 75 new dispensary licenses in Illinois As marijuana sales in Illinois get off to a roaring start in 2020, three dozen entrepreneurs gathered at the Thompson Center to apply for dispensary licenses. State officials say that dispensaries brought in nearly $3.2 million in sales on the first day that…

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Chicago’s Biggest Minority-Owned Businesses 2019

by Kasey Hariman Chicago’s Biggest Minority-Owned Businesses 2019 According to Crain’s List, enterprise software company Vistex is at the top of the 2019 list of Chicago’s biggest minority-owned businesses. Vistex has the top spot with both the highest revenue and the largest total full-time employee headcount. Crain’s List has the following minority-owned businesses in the top seven spots. Vistex, Inc.…

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