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Illinois Hosting February Events To Celebrate Black Businesses In Honor Of Black History Month – CBS Chicago

The State of Illinois is hosting a series of events to celebrate Black History Month, and celebrate contributions Black businesses have made to the state’s economy.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Department of Central Management Services are teaming up with the Chicago Urban League and other community groups to host several programs focused on boosting Black- and minority-owned businesses.

Central Management Service’s Business Enterprise Program (BEP) also will participate in several events and offer training and technical assistance to business owners to assist them with certification options.

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 2:00 P. M., Black Access to Capital: How Black Economic Trailblazers are Closing the “Racial Wealth Gap” DCEO Director Guthrie will join Fifth Third Bank, the Chicago Urban League, 4S Bay Partners, and Black Chicago Pioneers for a panel discussion about ways to increase access to capital in Black communities, and solutions for addressing the equity gaps faced today.

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 1:00P. M. Fair Access to Justice | Diversity in Procurement (Part II).

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