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September 11, 2020

 

 
 
 
 

On Tuesday, September 15 at 9 a.m. central time, Groupon, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) – Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), in partnership with Hispanic Chamber Lake County (HCLC) and Latino Round Table of Southwestern Illinois, will present Access to Capital for Latinx Business Owners to discuss financial resources for Hispanic- and Latinx-owned businesses. The program will be moderated by Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager, and Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) – Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE). Panelists include Fernanda Pedraza-Schmitt, Branch Manager, Springfield, IL Branch Office, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); Susana Meza, Vice President, Community Impact, Wintrust; Manuel Flores, President and CEO, SOMERCOR; and Maggie Rivera, Owner of La Alcancia and La Michoacána Sabrosa. To register, go to gr.pn/hhmcapital

 

 
 
 
 

The Illinois State Treasurer’s office is holding more than $3.5 billion in unclaimed funds for Illinoisans. The State holds these lost funds until they are claimed by either the original owner or their heirs. Unclaimed property refers to property or accounts within financial institutions or companies in which there typically has been no activity for several years and the business cannot locate the owner. In Illinois, the state treasurer is tasked with safeguarding unclaimed property, such as unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, and unused rebate cards. The state treasurer is legally required to return the property no matter how long it takes. The Treasurer’s office streamlined the claims process to make it more efficient and less time consuming. An estimated one-in-four people have unclaimed property and the average payment is $1,000. Individuals can search a database for their name or the name of their business or non‑profit at illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH.

 

 
 
 
 

The 2020 Farm Aid festival will be online September 26. Musicians Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 in Champaign, Illinois to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised nearly $60 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Since 1985, Farm Aid has answered 1-800-FARM-AID to provide immediate and effective support services to farm families in crisis. Farm Aid’s online Farmer Resource Network connects farmers to an extensive network of organizations across the country that help farmers find the resources to access new markets, transition to more sustainable and profitable farming practices, and survive natural disasters. Farm Aid works with local, regional and national organizations to promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns designed to defend and bolster family farm-centered agriculture. Farm Aid’s Action Center allows concerned citizens to become advocates for farm policy change.

 

 

 
 
 
 

In the recent Illinois Extension webinar series on energy efficiency programs, Carol Kulek emphasized that our HVAC units not only keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but they also provide air circulation and ventilation in our facilities, which is extremely important for our health and safety due to COVID-19. The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, or SEDAC, recently shared an articleBest Practices For Building Operations During COVID-19, which includes recommendations about what can be done to reduce the spread of the virus through HVAC systems.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 15 - Capital for Latinx Business Owners Webinar

September 21 - 25 - Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop

September 23 - North Central Illinois Council of Government's Community Prosperity Virtual Summit

September 26 - 2020 Farm Aid Festival

September 30 - Deadline to Complete the Census

 

 
 
 
 
 

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