(Chicago, IL) - The Little Village Chamber of Commerce and The Little Village Community Foundation announce the selection of Loretta Ivette Trevino as Executive Director effective February 1, 2021. As Executive Director, Ivette will oversee the overall planning, coordination and execution of all Little Village Chamber of Commerce, Little Village Community Foundation and Little Village Special Service Area #25 (SSA #25) staff, operations, programs, projects and services, and will create and implement overall strategic planning and execution of its joint vision and mission.
Previously, Ivette held various roles that led to the growth of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC). Her roles included Director of the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance Program where she engaged with suburban Cook County small businesses with grants and technical assistance. Ivette also served as the Senior Director of Business Development & Strategy, Director of Community Engagement and Facilitator to the Latinx Incubator in partnership with 1871 Chicago.
“Loretta Ivette Trevino has a strong and proven track record of implementing innovative programs and invaluable experience that will assist us in carrying out our vision and mission to create impactful change for the Little Village community,” said Manny Martinez, President, The Little Village Chamber of Commerce.
On behalf of The Little Village Community Foundation, Dan Arce, Little Village Community Foundation Board President added the following, “We look forward to working with Loretta Ivette Trevino as we continue to build out the Xquina Incubator Café, a transformative, community-driven incubator and café which aims to be an exceptional and thriving ecosystem for the economic growth of Latino communities.”
“The Latino business community, in particular, have suffered from higher rates of COVID-19, higher levels of unemployment, and is generally recognized as being critically underserved. This is the right time to work together towards a common goal to support and empower our growing community and our business owners,” said Loretta Ivette Trevino, Executive Director, The Little Village Chamber of Commerce and The Little Village Community Foundation. “I am ready to get to work with the Chamber, the Foundation and the SSA #25 to make a lasting impact for generations to come.”
The Little Village Chamber of Commerce represents local business by promoting and supporting the growth and success of the Little Village commercial corridors while leveraging the community’s unique cultural identity in order to generate new opportunities. The Little Village 26th street commercial corridor has historically been one of the most dynamic and vibrant entrepreneurial corridors known to provide meaningful economic contributions for the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.
The Little Village Community Foundation is dedicated to empowering residents to achieve an equitable livelihood and is leading the effort in developing the Xquina Incubator Café, a cross-cultural business incubator in Little Village that will create an open, accessible and inclusive learning environment by providing bilingual, adaptable training and coaching for current and emerging businesses, start-up companies, local residents, artists, multi-media professionals and local youth.”
The Little Village Special Service Area #25 (SSA #25) was established in 2004 to elevate the 26th Street commercial corridor’s existing assets; to create a dynamic public space that attracts new businesses and shoppers and strengthen the residential community.
The Executive Director has supervisory authority over all staff and reports directly to the Board of Directors of The Little Village Chamber of Commerce, The Little Village Community Foundation and The Little Village SSA #25.