Latino business owners discuss opportunities


[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Illinois Latino Family Commission conducted a roundtable discussion between Latino businesses owners, in which opportunities that exist for contracts with the state government were brought to the table.

The main topic of discussion was state certification for businesses known as the Business Enterprise Certification Program (BEP). 

In Illinois, there are 70,000 registered Latino businesses and just 280 licenses with the state to get contracts.

The discussion was very well received by the attendees, including Carmen Maldonado, president of La Criolla; Leticia Velez, CEO of Chicago Mini Bus Travel; Elio Montenegro, CEO of Genesis Homecare; Elizabeth Colon, president of MetaPhrasis; Jose Bascaran and Maria Fernando Quinn from Element L2; Maria Prado, president of Prado; and Renteria and Roberto Ramirez, CEOs of Tidy International.

Part of the discussion was that even if your business is certified, it is not easy to get contracts with the state. During the roundtable discussion, strategies, solutions and experiences were shared. It was established that technical and moral support are extremely important tools for Latino businesses to get contracts and participate in the capital gain with the state of Illinois as others do. 

All participants congratulated the Illinois Latino Family Commission and Executive Director Dr. Layla Suleiman González for taking the initiative. Attendees pledged to help each other and participate in all future meetings.

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