IHCC Welcomes 17 Entrepreneurs to Coaching 4 Growth Program

  C4G companies participating in a workshop on Thursday, April 19th. 

C4G companies participating in a workshop on Thursday, April 19th. 

IHCC is excited to welcome 17 entrepreneurs to the fifth cohort of the  Coaching 4 Growth (C4G) program. The 17 companies will participate in engaging group conferences and individual coaching designed to help them develop an actionable roadmap for business growth. The entrepreneurs will analyze every aspect of their business from employee management to financial forecasts from an investor’s perspective to help them increase their profitability and continue on an upward trajectory.

The companies range in industry from commercial cleaning services to education software.

The participants are:

CEA Staffing | Adrienne Burgos | CEA Staffing provides staffing solutions for experiential marketing activations nationwide.

APMonarch LLC | Alicia Ponce |  APMonarch is an architecture firm with a focus on sustainable design for a healthier built environment.

GMediaWraps | Elmer Martinez | GMediaWraps offers a full range of high-quality  large format printing services including vehicle wraps, trade show booths and wall murals.

Leo’s Transport LLC | Gyl Ponce | Leos Transport Llc is trucking company providing freight transportation services and cargo hauling solutions.

Drinks On Me Catering | Jay Harris | Drinks On Me Catering offers a full suite of catering and bartending services for any occasion including corporate events, team building activities, and personal events.

Uncle Harry’s Ice Cream | Joel Quezada | Uncle Harry’s Ice Cream takes pride in serving customers delicious, old-fashioned ice cream with style at their shop in Addison, IL.

JMS Commercial Cleaning Inc. | Jose Sanchez | JMS Commercial Cleaning provides commercial cleaning services backed by professional technicians, state-of-the-art equipment, eco friendly cleaning products and meticulous attention to detail.

Web Action LLC | Juan Carlos Ramirez | Web Action LLC believes in the power of internet to grow businesses,  specializing in providing clients with customized web solutions, custom web development and content management systems.

The Status Group | Leo Vega | The Status Group Inc. is an integrated marketing company based out of Chicago with extensive experience in model marketing, event production, and digital marketing.

Innovare | Luis Fernando DeLeon | Innovare creates  software products that empower education leaders at at the management and classroom levels.

Cruz Designs & Consultants LLC | Mario Cruz | Architecture and consulting services.

Duke Vacuum Pumps | Mario Mujica | Duke provides service and repairs on all machinery specializing in vacuum pumps. Whether it is refurbishing an old pump, servicing, or just providing parts, filters or oil, their expertise focuses on the customer and their needs.

Mercado Enterprises LLC | Nelson Mercado | Mercado Enterprises is a residential real estate firm.

ProdigyTeks | Paco Lebron | ProdigyTeks provides reliable and effective IT services to small and medium sized businesses.

OoUD | Rafael Robles | OoUD is a transdisciplinary design and real estate development group committed to responsible development and its potential.

T&T Cleaning Service | Ty Lewis | T&T Cleaning Services provides full service janitorial services, floor care and home rehab for clients.

Ark Construction | Victor Fragoso | Ark Construction has offered in  interior remodeling, new construction and carpentry services to the Chicagoland area for the past 17 years.

“C4G provides entrepreneurs from diverse industries with a peer community that they can share ideas with and receive feedback from, “ said program director Joseph DeLaGarza. “We’re looking forward to working with this cohort and supporting on their path to business growth.

Coaching 4 Growth has graduated 38 entrepreneurs since its inception in 2012. The program is made possible by the generous support of Nationwide and Bank of America.

For more information about the program, contact Joseph DeLaGarza at (312) 425-9500 or visit http://www.ihccbusiness.net/ihcc-coaching-for-growth/.


Cohort 3 Showcase Recap - IHCC + 1871 Hispanic Tech Incubator

 Cohort 3 Participants / Photo by Gregory Rothstein

Cohort 3 Participants / Photo by Gregory Rothstein

14 Latinx entrepreneurs pitched their latest business plans to a packed 1871 Chicago auditorium on Wednesday, April 4th as the culminating event of 12 weeks of programming by the 1871 + IHCC Hispanic Tech Incubator. The 14 companies form the third cohort of the 1871 + IHCC Hispanic Tech Incubator, which was founded in November 2016 with the mission of increasing the number of Latinxs in the tech start-up ecosystem. 

Throughout the 12 weeks, the companies participated in workshops, presentations, and mentor hours related to strategic business growth, raising capital, marketing, and talent acquisition among other topics. 

The 14 companies are: 

Special thanks to the showcase sponsor PNC Bank and incubator sponsor JPMorgan Chase. Check out the complete photo album by clicking here

Applications for Cohort 4 are now open until June 30, 2018. Tell a friend! 

Nine Companies Graduate from IHCC’S IL Tollway Technical Assistance Program

Nine companies, ranging from carpentry and snow removal to project management firms graduated on Wednesday, March 14th from IHCC’s Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program. The goal of the program, which began in October 2017, is to prepare is to prepare minority, veteran, and women-owned small businesses to participate as prime and sub- contractors on highway and vertical construction contracts.

Each company participated in two full-day group conferences and individual coaching sessions designed to help the business owners identify their pain points, build financial understanding, and work on a business plan. On Wednesday, each business owner pitched their company to an audience of prime contractors, as well as representatives from the Illinois Tollway, Chicago Transit Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation, Forest Preserves of Cook County and PACE. Afterwards, they were able to engage in one-on-one networking with representatives from twelve prime contractors, including ComEd and others.

The list of companies includes:

  • Julio Arteaga, Arteaga Landscape & Erosion Control, Round Lake Beach
  • Bhagvanji J. (BJ) Parecha, Buildex Electronics, Wheeling
  • Allan Velasquez, Greatness Steel Inc., Chicago
  • Marco   Romero, iBuilders Corporation, Chicago
  • Hector  Caballero Jr., Junkvets Inc., Lansing
  • Jackie  d’Escoto, Maginox, Aurora
  • Raj Khanna, Market Contracting Services, Chicago
  • Tom Numbere Jr., PCG Consultant Group, Chicago
  • Joyce Gye, S & M Plow Corp., Chicago

“We are proud of the participants’ accomplishments as they have progressed through the program,” said program director Kelley Francis. “They’ve hired new team members, applied for certifications and have focused on business development. We are confident they will continue on their paths to success with the Illinois Tollway and other agencies.”

IHCC is one of seven organizations working in partnership with the Tollway to manage the Technical Assistance Program throughout Northern Illinois.  The next cohort will begin in Fall 2018. For more information, contact Kelley Francis, Program Director at (312) 425-9500.