VIDEO: Black & Latino Excellence Investment Summit

VIDEO: Black & Latino Excellence Investment Summit


World Business Chicago, in partnership with CIBC and SomerCor, presents the inaugural Black and Latino Excellence Investment Summit. The first cohort program connected 11 business owners from the city’s South and West sides interested in scaling their operations with the key ingredient crucial for success—technical assistance resources and solid connections to banks, funders, and available grants.

Local banks, CDFIs, and Angel Investors all worked hard with their partnered businesses to explore growth and expansion opportunities as well as access to capital. Some businesses were aided with debt refinancing, mentorship for expansion, and assistance with future projects and initiatives.

Overflow Coffee was one of the participating businesses and L. Brian Jenkins had the opportunity to share the Entrenuity story with the audience and affirm the importance of BLEIS and other programs that connect minority business owners with access to capital resources, particularly relationships with funders and investors.

Overflow Coffee earned a shout-out from SomerCor President & CEO, Manny Flores on WGN’s People to People program with Micah Materre, as well as an interview with CBS Chicago.

Special thanks to the Mayor's Office, LaForce Baker and the Community Impact Team at WBC, and the participating partners and sponsors who made this program not only possible but a priority.

>>>WGN Clip

>>>CBS News Clip (aired 06-22-22 at 10 pm)