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Native American Heritage Month 2023

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 an event, amplify Native American business leaders, organizations, and business enterprises throughout the state, and celebrate the Native American community. 


View the Native American Heritage Month proclamation.


Save the date: Native American Resources Event
Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Native American Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with DCEO will hold an event to share resources with the Native American community. More information coming soon. Questions, contact Diana Alfaro,

Does Your Business Need Assistance?

As one of DCEO’s Community Navigators, the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, provides one-on-one assistance, helps businesses apply for state and other government grant programs, hosts business education events, and more. If you need assistance with your business, please contact the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois to schedule an appointment. You can email them at:

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Centers are located across the state that provide business counseling at no cost. They can assist you with business planning, marketing, financial bookkeeping, finding grants, and how to start or grow your business, etc. Here is more info on SBDCs: Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - First Stop. To find one near you go to:

Apex Accelerator (formerly Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTACs) - Provide assistance to businesses who want to get into the world of government contracting and assist with certifications like getting certified as minority/Native American owned business all at no cost. For more information, please click HERE. To find one near you, please click HERE.

Community Events

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

Statewide Events & programs celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Stay Connected!

If you want to receive more information on resources for Native American businesses and entrepreneurs, sign up for our newsletter in which we share about current and upcoming grants and loans.

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.