Business Education

BACP Webinars


BACP offers free business education webinars every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Topics include business licensing, operations, financial resources, marketing, and more. Programs are free and open to the public and taught by industry professionals, not-for-profit agencies, and government agencies.

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is committed to providing accessibility for all individuals, including people with disabilities. To request accessibility, please contact BACP at, 312-744-6060.  Although we will always work to fulfill your accessibility need, in order to ensure the best quality service is provided, we ask that you make request no later than 3 business days in advance of the event.

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) Entrepreneur Certificate Program is a free and optional program available to attendees of the free BACP business education workshop and webinar series. For program details (enrollment, requirements, contact information, etc.) and to enroll go to Entrepreneur Certificate Program.
Disclaimer: This does not make your business certified with the City of Chicago. If you are interested in the City of Chicago M/W/VBE Certification program, please visit

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, 6/7 at 3:00 PM 
City Inspections - Ask Questions, Get Answers
Presented by the City of Chicago
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, Department of Public Health, and the Department of Buildings will provide insight on how operate a compliant business in the City of Chicago. Topics covered will include how to prepare for inspections, building permits and sign display requirements, food inspection overview and necessary certificates, and zoning review procedures. Learn how to operate safely and avoid common setbacks.
Register for the 6/7 Webinar

Friday, 6/9 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Everything You Need To Know About Business Insurance
Presented by Sandra Cavoto Insurance Agency
In this session, attendees will learn the coverages needed for their business. We'll discuss the right questions to ask your insurance professional and how to protect yourself and your business against lawsuits.
Register for the 6/9 Webinar

Wednesday, 6/14 at 3:00 PM
Overview of Chicago’s Minimum Wage Ordinance, Including Annual Increase
Presented by Miguel Campos, Assistant Director, Office of Labor Standards
On July 1, 2023, the minimum wage in Chicago increases for many workers. Employers and workers are encouraged to join this webinar for an overview of the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance, topics discussed will include eligibility, annual increase to the minimum wage, overtime wages, and tipped wages. In addition, there will be an overview of the Fair Workweek Ordinance eligibility changes. There will be a Q&A at the end.
Register for the 6/14 Webinar

Jueves, 6/15 at 10:00 AM
Descripción General de la Ley de Salario Mínimo de la ciudad de Chicago, Incluyendo el Aumento Anual
Presentado por Miguel Campos, Subgerente de la Oficina de Normas Laborales
El 1 de julio de 2023, el salario mínimo en Chicago aumenta para muchos trabajadores. Se anima a los empleadores y trabajadores a unirse a este seminario web para una descripción general de la Ley de Salario Mínimo de Chicago, los temas discutidos incluirán elegibilidad, el aumento anual al salario mínimo, salarios de horas extras y salarios con/de propinas. Además, habrá una descripción general de los cambios de elegibilidad de la Ley de Semana Laboral Justa. Habrá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas al final.

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Thursday, 6/15 at 2:00 PM
Empower Hour: Taylor’s Tacos

In honor and recognition of LGBTQ+ Month, this month’s Empower Hour will feature BACP Commissioner Ken Meyer chatting with Taylor and Maya Mason, Co-Owners of Taylor’s Tacos.Taylor and Maya met in 2016, two years after the first Taylor's taco was made. Maya brought on the creative direction and unique flavor profiles and Taylor took on the business execution and branding.  Together, they officially launched Taylor's Tacos Chicago in 2018. They began with working out of a private commercial kitchen, and now proudly call the UIC/Medical district home to their first brick-and-mortar location.  The candid conversation will cover the start of the business, marketing practices, community involvement and building, and utilizing business resources. The webinar will end with a Q&A for attendees to ask questions.
Register for the 6/15 Webinar

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