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.

Wednesday, 8/24 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Miércoles 24 de agosto a las 3:00 p.m.
This webinar will be presented in Spanish/Este seminario web se presentará en español.
El poder del capital
Este seminario será impartido por Alejandra Fajardo, Vicepresidenta y Asesora de negocios del programa de minorías de Chase for Business.
En este seminario usted aprenderá a pensar estratégicamente acerca del flujo de efectivo. Hablaremos de las opciones de crédito, de los programas de préstamos del SBA y los estados financieros. Analizaremos si su empresa necesita un préstamo y si está lista para dar este paso.
Registrarse para el 8/24 Webinar

Thursday, 8/25 at 10:00 AM
Chicago Business Zoning Guide Overview
Presented by the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
Ensuring proper zoning is a critical first step for any business looking to get their start or expand operations in Chicago. The recently updated Chicago Business Zoning Guide serves as a reference for business owners and entrepreneurs providing clear, reliable, and consistent information on zoning usage. This webinar will cover zoning usages, how to use the updated Zoning Guide, and additional helpful resources and tools for further business support. Attendees will be able to ask questions at the end of the presentation.
Register for the 8/25 Webinar 

Friday, 8/26 Webinar at 9:30 AM
HR for Entrepreneurs - What you Must Know if you are your HR Department
Presented by Audia Wells, Greater Englewood CDC
Being an entrepreneur is hard work, and one of the biggest struggles you’ll encounter is learning how to wear so many different hats on a day-to-day basis. Running your own human resources department can be one of the hardest of these challenges to take on, especially considering the number of legal requirements involved and how much can go wrong if you ignore them. Here's what you need to know when you're an HR dept of 1.
Register for the 8/26 Webinar

Wednesday, 8/31 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Show Me the Money - Learn about the various SBA funding programs to help the future of your business!
Presented by The Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA’s COVID-19 Relief Programs have now ended, however that doesn’t mean your business cannot take advantage of other SBA programs. Join the SBA Illinois District Office and learn about the various SBA funding programs to help the future of your business. This webinar will provide you an overview of SBA funding programs such as: 7(a) loans, 504 Loans, Microloan Programs, Community Advantage, and our Lender Match tool.
Register for the 8/31 Webinar

Friday, 9/2 Webinar at 9:30 AM 
Shared Kitchen User
Presented by City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Learn about Shared Kitchen User Licensing requirements including how to apply, required documents and inspections, frequently asked questions, and more. This presentation will include comments from the Hatchery, a Shared Kitchen Host that will provide learnings from real-world experience about what it’s like to operate in the shared kitchen space.
Register for the 9/2 Webinar

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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



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