Jenice Contreras

Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Hispanic Business Center

Cleveland, OH

Accelerate Collaboration, Prioritize Equity  |  Community Economic Development, Technical Assistance

Jenice helps Northeast Ohio’s Latino community create viable businesses and focuses on redeveloping neighborhoods in ways that ensure economic opportunity for existing residents.

In her current role as executive director of the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & Business Center, Jenice is responsible for establishing and strengthening relationships through multiple business development agencies by establishing strategic partnership and ensuring high quality programs necessary to ensure opportunities for minority businesses. Formerly, Jenice worked as a Public Health Consultant with Collaborative Research, LLC, and was Director of Development and HIV Services for Care Alliance Health Center. Jenice is bilingual and bicultural, and is extensively involved in minority leadership efforts in her community. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree from Capital University and an Executive MBA from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. In 2009, she was appointed by Mayor Frank Jackson to serve on the City of Cleveland, Community Relations Board.


  • The Small Business Development Center focuses on the region’s growing Latino population, and is dedicated to furthering economic development opportunities for that community.
  • Offer business advising and technical assistance in Spanish.
  • Provides access to non-traditional financial assistance sources.
  • Took a leadership role in the Le Villa Hispana Redevelopment project, a business and civic center and a vibrant hub of Latino identity and business.