Happy Juneteenth 2020

by Shelbey Roberts Central Illinois (WMBD) – “Juneteenth” is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. June 19, 1865, marked the day that Major General Gordon Granger and Union soldiers came to Galveston, Texas to share that the war had ended and that the enslaved had been freed. The news came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln…


Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce Joins Illinois Clean Air Now Coalition

Black business leaders push for clean transportation investment throughout Illinois, with a particular focus on minority areas. CHICAGO – The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce, the largest voice of Black businesses in the state, announced today that it has joined Illinois Clean Air Now (ICAN), a coalition of clean energy, health and transportation stakeholders from Illinois and around the…

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ILBCC Welcomes New Board Members in June 2020

The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce are excited to welcome our two newest board members Dr. Carla Hightower and Attorney Demitrus Evans. Dr. Carla Hightower is a health coach and corporate wellness consultant. Attorney Demitrus Evans is Manager at The Evans International Law Firms, LLC. These two ladies will be crucial assets to the chamber’s board and they are…

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Pritzker Creates New Tier of Punishment for Businesses Ignoring COVID-19 Order

Bars, restaurants and other businesses that open to customers in defiance of Illinois’ stay-at-home order now risk being charged with a misdemeanor. The new penalty level has been in effect since Friday afternoon when Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration quietly filed the emergency rule. While Pritzker’s executive order requires restaurants, salons and gyms to remain closed to on-site patrons due to COVID-19, the…

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More Funding to Help Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

As entrepreneurs and small business owners focus on how to pay expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Entrepreneurial advocates and Black Business Chambers are working to find solutions to help black business owners deal with the healthcare and economic crises affecting America. The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced funding for small business owners in March through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response…

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Access to Capital for Minority Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses During the Crisis

On May 15, 2020, Larry Ivory, President and CEO of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce participate in the Access to Capital for Minority Entrepreneurs and Small Business During the Crisis Webinar Series. The series is hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Financial Department. Yolanda Daniel, Vice President Finance and Chief Procurement Office of the Federal Reserve Bank…

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Making a Black Chamber Effective

Written by National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) “Thanks to all who participated in our National Call to Action! Special thanks to White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow, Congressman Danny Davis, Dr. Jeffrey Sterling and John Harmon for taking the time to discuss the CARE Act, medical supply contracts, affirmative action and next steps going forward. The National Black Chamber…

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Loevy & Loevy Investigates and Combats Racially Discriminatory Lending

By Megan Pierce Loevy & Loevy is taking on banks that discriminate against minority-owned businesses. Though some banks have been engaging in racially discriminatory practices for centuries, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has thrust these practices into the spotlight. Congress created the PPP to benefit all small businesses with taxpayer-funded loans during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, which has shuttered businesses across…

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