This research explores minority economic development in Illinois, using self-employment numbers for the minorities during the Covid-19 pandemic. During all four phases of Covid-19 mitigation, African-American self-employment took the turn for the worse, the monthly growth in self-employment numbers during January 2020 to February 2021 was a dismal -7%. Overall, Hispanics have fared well, the growth in self-employment for Hispanics during the pandemic was 11%. Insights into demographics of the typical minority self-employed are provided.