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 BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org, 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.
Wednesday, 9/28 Webinar at 3:00 PM
10 Legal Tips for Small Business
Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC
Running a small business takes a lot of work. Often, a handful of employees fill a variety of roles, meaning that everyone has to bring serious hard work, dedication, self-motivation, and multitasking skills to the table. Amid all this, it can be easy to forget about the legal aspects of running a business. However, attending to these matters sooner rather than later is likely to save you time, stress, and expense in the long run. Join us in this workshop to learn our top 10 legal tips for small business success.
Register for the 9/28 Webinar
Friday, 9/30 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Instagram for Business 101: How to Create a Cohesive Feed
Presented by Stacey Pitts Caldwell, MBA | Business Coach | Business Meets Real Life™(BMRL)
In this workshop you will learn how to brand yourself, put together a cohesive and fascinating-to-look-at feed and come up with a consistent IG strategy that breeds trust. Instagram engagement for business should be strategic, so this workshop will focus on:
- The 6 areas you need to focus on to create a solid & consistent Instagram presence for your business.
- The most crucial part of your Instagram strategy
- How to quickly and easily develop a recognizable, signature look and style
- The best image editing apps for achieving the look you’re after–plus a look at the ultimate Instagram feed “DONT’s”
- Deciding what, when and how to post content–so it always reaches the right audience, at the right time.
Register for the 9/30 Webinar
Wednesday, 10/5 Webinar 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 10/5 Webinar
Friday, 10/7 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Grants, Incentives, and FREE Assistance for your Business
Presented by Andrew Fogaty, Executive Director 36Squared Business Incubator
Every year the City, County, State and Federal government spend MILLIONS of dollars to provide grants, incentives and free assistance to Chicago area companies. Was your company one of them?
Come to this FREE informative event and learn how your business can access assistance for everything from building improvement and property acquisition to export assistance and government contracting.
Register for the 10/7 Webinar
Thursday, 10/20 at 2:00 PM
Empower Hour: Polombia
Join this month’s Empower Hour as BACP Commissioner Ken Meyer chats with Cynthia Orobio and Phillipe Sobon, co-owners of Polombia. The candid conversation will cover the concept creation of the fusion restaurant, the realities of working in the hospitality industry, and business resources that have helped from site selection to grand opening. The Q&A will end with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
Polombia is restaurant with a modern take on classic Polish and Colombian dishes that infuses ingredients from both countries such as Emparogi, Kiełbasa Perro or Sal-CHI-papa. Phillipe Sobon is a self-taught chef that has appeared on Food Network, Masterchef, ABC, Country Living. Cynthia Orobio is a nutritionist bringing southern hospitality to the restaurant and its delicious dishes.
This month’s Empower Hour honors and recognizes Polish American Heritage Month. Polish American Heritage Month, observed in October, celebrates the contributions and achievements of Polish Americans. BACP regularly hosts business education webinars to inform and empower business owners and entrepreneurs and to create a sustainable, inclusive Chicago business community.
Register for the 10/20 Empower Hour
Wednesday, 11/16 Webinar at 3:00 PM
How to Open a Concession at O'Hare and Midway International Airports
Presented by the Chicago Department of Aviation - Concessions Department and Unison Retail Management
Are you interested in operating a restaurant or retail shop at O'Hare or Midway International Airport, but don't know where to begin? Come and learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process and how to operate a business at the airport. This workshop also provides an overview of the O'Hare, and Midway airport current Concessions programs; the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program; and the O'Hare 21 future expansion. Lastly, we will provide you with all the resources you will need to get started.
Register for the 11/16 Webinar
Please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions.
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BACP Entrepreneur Certificate Program
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
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 www.chicago.gov/DPS