IHCC’s mission is to cultivate knowledge, connections and collaboration to effect transformational social change and achieve sustainable economic impact through entrepreneurship.
IHCC is a community of business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals committed to empowering individuals by helping them start and grow their businesses. As the largest community of Hispanic business owners across Illinois and the Midwest, we represent more than 70,000 businesses that contribute more than $15 billion to the states economy and provide more than 100,000 jobs in Illinois.
We are committed to helping entrepreneurs grow by equipping them with the tools and resources they need to be competitive in today’s economy. We do this through our community advocacy, specialized one-on-one training, networking, and our Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship. These programs help businesses increase their revenue and become more profitable, which ultimately creates jobs and contributes to the financial strength of our economy.
IHCC is incorporated as a 501(c) 6 not-for-profit organization. The organization was founded in 1990 as the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois. In 2002 the organization transitioned to become the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC). Since our founding, we have seen the business and economic landscape change dramatically. What has not changed is our commitment to serve our community. That is why we continue to develop new programs that incorporate the latest technologies and innovative measures to keep entrepreneurs competitive.