Irma C Lopez
President | Owner of ICL Consulting, LLC
Irma Lopez is currently a consultant under contract with the Illinois Department of Human Rights as Contract Outreach Coordinator.
Before signing with the IDHR she served as Program Coordinator for the Illinois Coronavirus Response & Relief Business Center (ICRR) at the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. The ICCR’s mission was to assist minority owned businesses in urban and rural areas with understanding and taking advantage of resources and services made available by local, state, and federal government agencies.
She has also served as independent contractor to the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as a subject matter expert engaging in direct technical assistance to their Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAC).
Prior to working with the ICRR, Irma served as the Outreach Manager for the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) and the Veteran Business Program (VBP). Irma represented the Business Enterprise Program and Veteran Business Program at major conferences and organizational functions, to promote and accomplish the agency's mission to ensure businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities are awarded at least 20% of the total dollar amount of State contracts.
Before working with the BEP program Irma worked for over16 years at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
At DCEO, Irma managed the Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant Program that awarded funds to qualifying organizations in underserved communities, to provide internet services and basic computer skills to its participants.
Also while at DCEO, she worked in the Office of Trade & Investment, with headquarters in Chicago and 7 foreign offices around the world, the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment is dedicated to helping small and medium sized businesses expand their global reach and export abroad.
Irma is committed to informing small business owners of the benefits and advantages of becoming certified through the Business Enterprise Program and Veteran Business Program, as well as with other government and corporate certifying entities her knowledge of other governmental programs and resources support her efforts in assisting small businesses throughout the State of Illinois. She is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish.