Business Support Tools


The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) provides a number of programs and resources to support business on all steps of the entrepreneurial journey.

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BACP E-Newsletter

Sign-up for the BACP E-Newsletter to receive e-mails on City regulations, business education events, and vital consumer protection information.

BACP Entrepreneur Certificate Program

This free and optional program is available to attendees of the free BACP business education webinar series. Once you successfully complete the program, you will be eligible to apply for an entrepreneurial loan with our partner bank, CIBC.

BACP Small Business Expos

This series of expos offers free business resources at different citywide locations for new and existing entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business in the City of Chicago. Learn more about the dates and locations of these expos and the types of business resources available.

BACP Social Media Accounts

Check out BACP’s social media accounts for valuable and useful information for Chicago’s entrepreneurs and to stay connected to workshops, expos, City regulations, and more by following us.

Be Informed. Be Protected. Consumer Protection Campaign

Tips and resources for consumers across a wide array of topics.

Business Advice Corner in the Small Business Center

BACP offers free one-on-one business counseling for entrepreneurs through partner organizations, with advice on business planning, legal issues, financial resources, and general business information.

Business Education

Twice a week, BACP holds free webinars on topics such as business licensing, marketing, financial resources, and more.

Chicago Business Centers

BACP has created the Chicago Business Centers (CBC) program and provided grants to eight Chicago-based business located in neighborhoods to serve as regional hubs providing business licensing assistance and other resources for small businesses.

Chicago Food Truck Fest

The #ChiFoodTruckFest brings a different lineup of food trucks to Daley Plaza on Fridays throughout the summer. The Fest is designed to provide additional opportunities for Chicago’s Food Truck operators to thrive while bringing new and diverse food options to Chicago’s Loop.

Neighborhood Business Development Centers

These Chicago-based chambers of commerce and business support organizations assist in the development of small businesses, serve as liaison between local businesses and the City of Chicago, and provide neighborhood business development services.

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