The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business assistance and economic development organization. The Chamber seeks to enhance member success through aggressive programs in advocacy, member benefits, services and actionable information. It also works to balance environmental regulations with the social economic realities of the region.
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is the largest broad-based business association in the state, serving companies of all sizes and industry sectors. The Chamber functions as a frontline advocate for business in the state capitol by influencing the legislative, regulatory and judicial branches of state government.
The Illinois Restaurant Association is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote, protect, educate and improve the restaurant industry in Illinois. The Association offers quality seminars, training materials and services to all members. Special events are also offered throughout the year, providing networking and fundraising opportunities.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Illinois State University (SBDC) was established in March 2005 to help entrepreneurs start a new business or expand or improve existing business. The Illinois SBDC offers one-on-one confidential counseling for all phases of business activities, including management basics, employee regulations and financial analysis.
World Business Chicago (WBC) is an economic development office that coordinates business retention, attraction and expansion efforts to spur and accelerate economic growth in Chicago. WBC’s staff navigates the site selection process for businesses by providing economic and industry data, site location assistance, and state and local incentive information.
Women Construction Owners & Executives USA (WCOE) represents entrepreneurial and executive women who have chosen to build non-traditional careers in the construction industry. WCOE provides legislative advocacy and creates contracting opportunities for members. It also fosters a network of executive women for peer-to-peer assistance and information.
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is the driving force behind the growth of the State’s tech industry. The Association provides programs and services focused on development, visibility and talent attraction to accelerate the growth of member businesses. ITA also leverages connections and the experiences of the community to increase the overall success rate of the local industry.
The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of Latino professionals. For over 25 years, HACE have served as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and as a center for expertise and insight for corporations seeking to access this growing community of professionals.
The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) is the leading Hispanic business, networking, advocacy and development organization in Illinois. IHCC fosters mutually beneficial partnerships by matching government agencies and corporations with qualified Hispanic businesses and creating targeted forums for networking and advancement opportunities.
The USHCC is an organization aimed at developing a business network that provides the Hispanic community with cohesion and strength. Through its network of local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Hispanic business organizations, the USHCC effectively communicates the needs and potential of Hispanic enterprise to the public and private sector.
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SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses. SCORE’s 13,000+ volunteers work closely with entrepreneurs to help them get the information they need, absolutely free. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration and has been mentoring entrepreneurs for more than forty years.