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spaces. Please call ahead or visit any department's website to get additional details, or visit chicago.gov/covid-19.
BACP offers free business education workshops or webinars every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Due to COVID-19, all programs are currently being offered as webinars. 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.
Wednesday, 11/25 Webinar at 11:00 AM
Basic Steps to Make Your Business an E-Business
Presented by Lakhi Siap, Chicago Asian Network
Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, November 28 and the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted consumer buying habits, with the digital shelf becoming the primary shelf. In this webinar, you will discover essentials steps to get your business ready for online sales to gain and retain customers. Get actionable insights on how to build connections and transform the online experience for your customers. Learn what to look for when hiring web designers and tips to make it all work. Businesses providing services or selling products will benefit from this webinar.
Register for the 11/25 Webinar
Wednesday, 12/2 Webinar at 3:00 PM
City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight on how to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a business.
Register for the 12/2 Webinar
Friday, 12/4 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Starting a business: Business Concepts You Need to Know
Presented by the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
This seminar covers concepts of understanding the characteristics of an entrepreneur, cultivating business ideas, exploring the options of doing business as well as funding sources and creating a business plan skeleton.
Register for the 12/4 Webinar
Wednesday, 12/9 Webinar at 3:00 PM
How to Write a Business Plan. What you need to know!
Presented by Donna R. Rockin, Managing Partner at Rockin Enterprises, Inc.
Learn how to create a comprehensive business plan. It's easier than you think when you understand all the components that get included. You'll receive a complete list of what to include to demystify the process. Writing a solid business plan is your roadmap to business success.
Register for the 12/9 webinar
Friday, 12/11 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Ten Practical Tips for New Business Success
Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC
The legal component of a business sets the foundation and structure for a sustainable business. A business climate is everchanging, but valuable legal tips are a resource. Learn the top 10 legal tips for small business success through an interactive webinar. The Q&A set up will provide useful and practical tips on legal essentials such as incorporation, contracts, and more.
Register for the 12/11 Webinar
Wednesday, 12/16 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Business Plan Pivoting
Presented By Vince Williams, President of Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
This webinar, facilitated by Vince Williams, the new, 5th President of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, will focus on his one page business plan template and the questions to ask yourself as you pivot during these difficult economic times. This webinar will also provide some additional resources for entrepreneurs.
Register for the 12/16 Webinar
Friday, 12/18 Webinar 9:30 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 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 will also provide an overview of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program.
Register for the 12/18 Webinar
Please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions.
Visit BACP’s YouTube page for all additional webinars.
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