Small Business Expo

Small Business Expo

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection brings free business resources to the community for new and existing entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business in the City of Chicago through the Small Business Expo Series. The series of expos occur at different citywide locations and online. They offer business resources such as City of Chicago business licensing consultants, tax clinic, financial advisors, workshops, professional headshots, networking and more.

BACP Remote Small Business Expo
Thursday, March 14th 
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Luke Saunders, CEO & Founder of Farmer's Fridge

As CEO and Founder of Farmer’s Fridge, headquartered in Chicago, Luke guides the company’s vision and provides strategic direction for the executive team and business as a whole. An entrepreneur at heart, Luke started the company while working as a traveling salesman after struggling to find fresh, healthy and accessible food options on the road. Since 2013, the rapidly expanding business has grown to 1,200 Fridge locations across the country and has established a strong retail presence with partners including Target and Costco. Luke has been honored as a Forbes “30 under 30,” a Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40,” and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” In addition, Time Magazine named Farmer’s Fridge one of the “Best Inventions of 2019.” Luke holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.


The Thursday, March 14th remote expo will take place from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.  The schedule is as follows:

Welcome Address: 9:00 am


9:15 am – 10:00 am
Effective Ways to Market Your Small Business
Presented by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

10:05 am – 10:50 am
Launching a Business in the City of Chicago
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

10:50 am-11:35 am
Brewing Up Success: A Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Your Winning Business Plan
Presented by the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)

Keynote Address: 11:40 pm-12:30 pm


  • Gain industry expert insights.
  • Be inspired and find answers.
  • Learn actionable strategies.
  • Get access to resources.
  • Meet like-minded entrepreneurs.
  • Expand professional network.



“I learned a lot, very enlightening, I enjoyed the workshops. So many resources I didn't have a clue about. Thank you for the invite.”

“The expo was my first and it was very informative to me, and I would love to attend another expo. Thanks!”

“I would love to attend another event in the future, this was very well organized and the representatives working did a fantastic job. Thank you. The location was also excellent.”

“This was my first time attending and was very motivated. The keynote speaker and the representative at the tables visited was full of wisdom and willing to provide great information.”

Thank you to our 2024 Expo Series Sponsors:

Thank you to our 2024 Expo Series Partners: