July 25, 2024
9:00 am - 10:30 am | Virtual Zoom Meeting

Minority Business Partnership Program: Bridging the Access to Capital Gap – How it Impacts Your Business

Chicago United’s Minority Business Partnership Program, including the Five Forward Initiative™, invites all Minority Business Enterprises to attend our Access to Capital Program. Capital is the lifeblood of any business, but especially small businesses. However, capital, and access to it, are more complex and come in many different forms. Chicago United has convened a panel of industry experts from banks and financial institutions, CDFI (community development financial institution), government SBA loans, and credit unions. These executives will share information about the many ways businesses can access capital.


  • Yessenia Diaz De Leon, Director of Community Lending at Allies for Community Business
  • Jose L. Garcia, President & CEO, Northwest Community Credit Union (2021 BLC)
  • Tom Huffman, Executive Vice President for Wintrust SBA Lending
  • Vanessa Rodriguez Aguirre, Senior Small Business Underwriter for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)