Xquina Business Ecosystem

About the Grant

Four of the leading philanthropic organizations, The Chicago Community Trust, The Coleman Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and Robert R. McCormick Foundation, collaborated to create an innovative partnership grant. This new type of grant is designed to improve and expand access to capital, specialized business service consultations, and industry-specific support for businesses in Chicagoland owned by entrepreneurs of color.

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Foundation of LIttle Village presents

Juntos Emprendemos

A 12-week cohort program designed for 10-12 students with a blended learning approach that includes subject matter experts and mentors. The program is heavily focused on providing tools and resources to build solid financial systems for businesses, thereby increasing the likelihood of obtaining bank loans.

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Little Village Chamber of Commerce

Program De La Mano

De la Mano, provided by the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, is a comprehensive initiative dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, collaboration, and growth within the community. Through a diverse range of activities including workshops, webinars, in-person networking events, and one-on-one business advising, De la Mano connects entrepreneurs, business support organizations (BSOs), and representatives. Our tailored approach not only facilitates the establishment of new ventures but also supports the growth and expansion of existing businesses. By fostering strategic partnerships, sharing valuable insights, and offering personalized guidance, De la Mano empowers entrepreneurs and established businesses to thrive and succeed      in the dynamic economic landscape of Little Village.

FourStar Branding presents

Branding Hub

El Poder de la Marca™ Program, a suite of bilingual branding services designed to align the value proposition with visual assets serving start-ups and the 26th Street small business corridor to empower economic and community wealth in Chicago.

Empower * Promote * Increase * Ignite * Minority-Small Businesses and Nonprofits with Fortune 500 branding services. 

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Business Technology Education Center

Start-up Consultation

XD-Technology Industry serves the back-office needs of small to medium-sized businesses helping to implement standards processes and high-level accountability. XD-Tech helps to power the Wealth and Balance programming platform. This program supports emerging and experienced business owners with resources and practical techniques to balance their work and home life, while maximizing the impact on their bottom line. Helping to take a holistic approach to entrepreneurship. Wealth and Balance conducts individual workshops, as well as short and long-term training classes.

FoodHero, a social enterprise, offers

Food He.ro

Cocinas Agil program is a three-day food entrepreneurship training boot camp for existing or emerging food entrepreneurs to expand or start their businesses. FoodHe.ro hosts workshops discussing access to capital and licensing. They provide technical assistance, business consultation, and assistance with access to financial capital. They also provide individuals or businesses with a shared kitchen space for 1-3 months to test or pilot their concepts.

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