Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship 

The Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) Foundation provides business, economic development and entrepreneurial educational programs that:

  • Enhance business practices and increase the success of Hispanic entrepreneurs
  • Increase the awareness and visibility of the Hispanic business community as a vital economic force 
  • Promote entrepreneurship and visibility of the Hispanic business community as a vital economic force 

     Academic Research

IHCC collaborates with the Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship on academic research about the US Hispanic business community. In 2013, the Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship, along with IHCC, worked with DePaul University to produce a white paper,  The State of Hispanic Owned Business in Illinois: Untapped Economic and Job Creation Potential. You can read more about the report here.

In 2016, the Center and IHCC are working with Dominican University to research the globalization efforts of Hispanic- owned businesses.

Summer Youth Program: ENTERpreneur

ENTERpreneur is an innovative and unique summer program that provides a hands-on, comprehensive overview of entrepreneurship and business planning to Chicago high school students.

Students participate in a 6-week curriculum and work on developing their own business plan, hear from college representatives, and get mentored by Latino entrepreneurs.

The program strives to diversify the business community by encouraging and supporting Latino students to attend and succeed in college and in business. To learn more, please click here.