Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Hannah Fernandez is the Founder and CEO of ROI Business Funding, a Chicago-based company that helps entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada obtain alternative sources of funding. She advocates for small businesses who have limited access to capital and provides them with technical assistance and coaching to become fundable. Hannah is a graduate of the University of Chicago and has over a decade experience in sales, marketing, and management leadership. Hannah has been an advocate for women and minorities to gain positions of leadership and influence in business.
A strong believer in giving back to the community, Hannah is the Chair of the National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) Business Leadership Council. She is the former SCORE Chicago Vice-Chair of Diversity and is now the first woman First Vice-Chair at SCORE Chicago and the first woman successor ever to become Chair of SCORE Chicago. Hannah is the host of SCORE TV’s “Let’s Talk Business” show. She volunteers as a Chicago Public Schools science fair judge at the Museum of Science & Industry. She serves on the Advisory Collective Council for the Illinois State Comptroller and the City of Chicago Mayoral Business Council.
Hannah is a sought-after speaker at business events, including: “Unstoppable Confidence: Women in Leadership”; SCORE and the SBA’s “Show Me the Money” workshop; the Women Business Development Center’s “From Boss to LEADher Entrepreneurship Summit”; HispanicPro’s “Trailblazing Women That Lead”, and South Shore Chamber of Commerce “Access to Capital” workshop, to name a few. Hannah has appeared in WCIU-TV’s You & Me This Morning, ABC 7, WTTW 11, CAN-TV, WVON etc., and she has been featured in USA Today, CBS, The Daily Herald, Yahoo! News, and other publications.