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Native American Heritage Month

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is proud to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. In partnership with the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, we will host a virtual event, spotlight Native American business leaders and celebrate the Native American community. 


Native American Business Roundtable with DCEO
Thursday, November 10, 202, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Register at:

Native American owned businesses will meet with DCEO to discuss resources their businesses need and what resources have been useful. The conversation will be facilitated by Andrew Johnson of the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and Diana Alfaro from DCEO’s Office of Minority Economic Empowerment. 

Your Business Need Assistance?

The Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois is one of DCEO’s Community Navigators. They are providing one-on-one assistance, aiding businesses with applying to state and other government grant programs, provide educational events to businesses, etc. If you need assistance for your business, please feel free to reach out to the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois to make an appointment. You can email them at:

Community Events

There are a number of community events celebrating Native American owned businesses and culture. Below is a list of events to consider to support the Native American community:

  • Native American Artisan & Craft Fair
    Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday Nov. 6, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    West Lake Forest Train Station
    For more information click here.

  • Midwest SOARRING Foundation - Annual Harvest Powwow Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov.13
    DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL
    For more information click here.

    • DCEO will be present at the Annual Harvest Powwow on Sunday, November 13, 2022 and will be providing a presentation on state resources for small businesses.
  • Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative
    They have a list of events happening in the community.
    For more information click here.


For more information on Native American Heritage Month contact Diana Alfaro at or to learn more about ongoing resources and programs for businesses, follow DCEO on social media @IllinoisDCEO.