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 offer business resources such as City of Chicago business licensing consultants, tax clinic, financial advisors, workshops, professional headshots, networking and more.

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Remote Small Business Expo
Thursday, June 22, 2023
 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker - Chef Ambrocio Gonzalez

Chef Ambrocio Gonzalez of La Catedral Cafe & Restaurant in Little VillageChef Gonzalez, hailing from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, began his culinary journey at a young age. At 16, he moved to Chicago and ventured into entrepreneurship. In 2011, Chef Gonzalez and his business partner opened La Catedrall Café & Restaurant in Little Village and soon a stream of successful restaurants followed. A graduate of the renowned French culinary institution, Le Gordon Blue, Chef Gonzalez has had recipes featured in prominent magazines and published his own book, “Con Sabor a Guadalajara.” His journey exemplifies resilience, perseverance, and unwavering dedication to the culinary arts.


The Thursday, June 22nd remote expo will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:
Welcome Address: 9:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Launching a Business in the City of Chicago 
Presented by City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

10:05 am – 10:50 am
Paths to Finance Your Business
Presented by Allies for Community Business, U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) and SomerCor

10:50 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
Digital Marketing for your Business
Presented by The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Keynote Address: 11:40 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Chef Ambrocio Gonzalez of La Catedral Cafe & Restaurant in Little Village.

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