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One of the greatest joys of this season…


Is having the opportunity to thank you and wish you a very prosperous new year. As 2016 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on 2016 and welcome 2017. This year has been yet again a very successful year for the Latin American Chamber of Commerce (LACC).

Thank you to all LACC Members and Clients for contributing to its growth. We would also like to thank the following LACC Strategic Partners for their extraordinary contributions to the growth of small business in the greater Chicago metropolitan area:

  • City of Chicago, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
  • Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDCs)
  • Small Business Opportunity Centers (SBOCs)
  • Public Building Commission of Chicago
  • Illinois Capital Development Board
  • Illinois Tollway Highway Authority
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Census Information Centers (CICs)

Best Wishes,
LACC Board Members and Employees

LACC Chairman D. Lorenzo Padron Appointed by Mayor Emanuel To Chicago Task Force on Removing Barriers to Employment and Entrepreneurship


On  July 20 the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a press release announcing the Chicago Task Force on Removing Barriers to Employment and Entrepreneurship, which will provide the City Council with recommendations for cutting red tape that too often gets in the way of job and business opportunities.

The task force will focus on three key priorities:

  1. To analyze the process for starting a business and applying for a City job, working to identify any roadblocks to opportunity in the application process. This review will include an assessment of the value of fingerprint background checks as a security measure as compared to its impact on job opportunities.
  2. To review the inspection and permitting process to identify opportunities to streamline the experience for individuals and businesses that interact with the City.
  3. To analyze existing business licenses and develop recommendations for improving the ease of doing business in Chicago.

The Task Force will by co-chaired by Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Development Officer Andrea Zopp and Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek.

Members include:

  • Alderman Anthony Beale, (9th)
  • Alderman Emma Mitts, (37th)
  • Alderman Patrick O’Connor, (40th)
  • Judy Frydland, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings
  • Patti Scudiero, Zoning Administrator
  • Rebekah Scheinfeld, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Soo Choi, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Human Resources
  • Mona Noriega, Commissioner, Chicago Commission on Human Relations
  • D. Lorenzo PadronChairman & CEO, LACC

Want to learn more? Read the Office of the Mayor’s Press Release

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