PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – With a mission to increase commerce, community and culture for Latinos, the Greater Peoria Hispanic Chamber of Commerce continues to rise.
The chamber has been rooted in the community for about four years. Chamber Speaker Jim Montelongo said they are 20 members strong and growing.
He said their members are in engineering, restaurants, real estate and more. Being a foundation and voice for Hispanic businesses, Montelongo said they strive to help business owners succeed.
“I think we have a vision of where we’re moving the room and it’s giving encouragement to someone who might want to start a business,” Montelongo said.
He said many owners are first generation. Montelongo said their board is made up of people who are business savvy and they are able to help their members understand any challenges that come with starting or maintaining a successful business.
Although focused on Hispanics, Montelongo said anyone can become a member.
The Greater Peoria Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its first Gala on Saturday, October 8th. Jaime di Paulo, CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will be the keynote speaker.
Montelongo said they will recognize the achievements of business members and the work they do in the community.
This will also be their largest fundraiser of the year, which will help the chamber invest in educational materials to help business owners learn how to operate a business and be successful.
“We’re going to invest in some training and education materials for business owners so they can learn the basics of business. I really hope they can learn the basics of business. I really hope that all of our members can walk away with a business plan at some point in time so that they can continue to be constantly updated throughout the years,” Montelongo said.
To learn more about the gala and how to purchase tickets, visit the Greater Peoria Hispanic Chamber of Commerce website.