Member Spotlight – Nelson Castellanos

Introducing LEDA’s new Entrepreneur Level Member – Nelson Castellanos, owner of Castellanos Bounce Houses LLC! This family-owned business stands out by strictly adhering to safety standards and was recently awarded the B2B New Biz Grant by DCEO in the event services category. We’re thrilled to have them as part of our community! Join us and […]

All That & A Touch Of Soul

New restaurant alert! Join us in welcoming “All That & A Touch Of Soul” to Joliet. Located on 318 S Chicago St Joliet IL 60432

Membership Spotlight – Arturo Castillo

Let’s give a warm welcome to Arturo Castillo, owner of Angel’s HVAC Services LLC! Arturo has joined our community of Latino entrepreneurs and business leaders at LEDA. Did you know? The HVAC industry is rapidly growing, with an estimated market value of over $130 billion in the U.S. alone! Latinos are making significant strides in […]

Meet LEDA’s 2024 Summer Interns

Introducing Our Summer Interns We are thrilled to introduce our dynamic group of summer interns who are ready to bring their unique talents and perspectives to our team. Please join us in welcoming these bright and ambitious students: Anahi Rodriguez is a Junior undergraduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, majoring […]

EBC’s “Celebrating Small Business” Reception

We are grateful to Entrepreneur & Business Center at Joliet Junior College for inviting LEDA to their “Celebrating Small Business” reception. It was a fantastic evening celebrating entrepreneurs dedicated to strategic growth in 2024. Partnering with the EBC is always a joy! We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Rooted Restaurant @rootedminooka Many thanks to Elevate […]

Fiesta en Biccentenial Park: September 14, 2024

🎉 Save the Date! / ¡Reserva la Fecha! 🎉 We are excited to announce our annual music and food festival this year is Fiesta en Bicentennial Park. Join us on Saturday, September 14 at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park in Joliet, IL. We look forward to seeing the community there as we spotlight local artists, food vendors, and […]

RECAP – Breaking Barriers for Black and Latino Small Businesses

Thank you to everyone who made the “Breaking Barriers for Black and Latino Small Businesses” Small Business Expo a great event. We are grateful to our sponsors: Northern Illinois Community Initiatives, PNC Bank, Edward Jones, and With Purpose Media and Events. A special thanks to our planning team: Joliet Latino Economic Development Association, African American […]

Breaking Barriers for Black and Latino Small Businesses

Join Us for the “Breaking Barriers for Black and Latino Small Businesses” Expo! Date and Time: Thursday, June 13th, 2024, from 5 PM to 8 PM Location: 511 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432 Admission at no cost. Are you a Black or Latino entrepreneur looking to grow your small business? Don’t miss this incredible opportunity […]

Leadership Transition: Paulina Martinez

We are excited to announce a leadership transition and a new chapter for one of our valued board directors! Paulina Martinez has served as our Vice President since 2021 and was recently announced as the Economic Development Director at the City of Joliet. We have no doubt that she will be a tremendous asset to […]