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SBA Illinois District Office Announces 2022 Small Business Development Center of the Year





Release Date: April 27, 2022            

Contact: Mark Ferguson,, 312-353-5430

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SBA Announces the Illinois Small Business Development Center of the Year

The Illinois SBDC at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Named 2022 SBA Illinois Small Business Development Center of the Year

CHICAGO – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Illinois District Office 2022 Small Business Development Center of the Year is the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (ILSBDC@IHCC).    Led by Jaime Di Paulo – President & CEO,  and Silvia Bonilla – Director & Lead Business Advisor, the chamber continues to market those businesses originally targeted so many years ago.

The ILSBDC@IHCC provides counseling and technical assistance to business owners and entrepreneurs. With a special focus on delivering bilingual (English/Spanish) culturally-sensitive guidance and assistance to Latino entrepreneurs and business owners throughout Chicagoland, ILSBDC@IHCC continues to help Hispanic entrepreneurs succeed in today’s small business environment. 

The ILSBDC@IHCC provides training and other important capacity-building resources helping many small businesses concerns establish strong foundations in the small business community.   In addition to hosting its own training sessions, the ILSBDC@IHCC actively participates in sessions hosted by other institutions. The ILSBDC@IHCC collaborates closely with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, the U.S. Small Business Administration (Chicago) and others in a broad effort to provide training to ensure that the growing Latino business community have access to information and resources. The overall goal of the ILSBDC@IHCC is to provide support to Latino businesses to grow and succeed to drive economic development and job creation in local communities.

IHCC has operated the ILSBDC@IHCC for over twenty years. Along with other technical assistance programs, the ILSBDC@IHCC has enabled the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to become the primary source of guidance and business counseling for Latino business owners and entrepreneurs. Over the years, the ILSBDC@IHCC has developed a technical assistance model that is grounded in and reflects the unique characteristics of the Latino businesses that it serves. IHCC has focused the efforts of the ILSBDC@IHCC on ensuring that Latino businesses; representing a long under-served, unrepresented community, have access to resources and assistance that enables them to reach their full potential. IHCC's focus is reflected in the results that the ILSBDC@IHCC has delivered since its inception, including the creation and retention of over twelve-thousand jobs and tens of millions of dollars in new revenue generated by the business it serves. Just as importantly, the ILSBDC@IHCC is the single biggest contributor serving Latino business owners and entrepreneurs within the Illinois Small Business Development Center Network.

The quality of assistance the ILSBDC@IHCC provides can best be measured by its development of a business counseling model grounded in the specific needs of Latino business owners and entrepreneurs and on the focus on providing bilingual, culturally-sensitive guidance and assistance. The economic and public health crisis caused by pandemic have brought to the surface the inherent challenges that government entities have reaching under-served, unrepresented communities, and the ILSBDC@IHCC has been at the ready to ameliorate these challenges. Understanding the importance of its work, the ILSBDC@IHCC is results-driven, results do matter. The performance of the ILSBDC@IHCC over the years and during the pandemic continues to exceed expectations, as performance goals have not been only met, but are consistently exceeded.

Please join the SBA Illinois District office as we recognize this very special organization as the 20222 Small Business development Center of the Year

Awards Celebration

National Small Business Week will be observed May 1-7, 2022. It will celebrate our small businesses, provide critical resources and recognize SBA partners for their support in providing startups and small business owners with counseling and advice, skills development, disaster preparedness and recovery, as well as access to capital, government contracting, and market opportunities to start, grow and build resilient businesses. 

About National Small Business Week

For more than 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

To register for National Small Business Week and for other event information, visit

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