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, 8/17 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 8/17 Webinar

Thursday, 8/18 at 10:00 AM
Valet Parking Operator Licensing and Best Practices
Presented by the Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
Learn about valet parking operator licensing, including the application process and required documents, as well as best practices for safe operations.
Register for the 8/18 webinar

Thursday, 8/18 at 2:00 PM
Empower Hour: Conversation with the BACP Commissioner
Join this month’s Empower Hour as BACP Commissioner Ken Meyer chats with Andre Guichard and Frances Guichard, co-owners of Gallery Guichard. The candid conversation will involve the inspiration behind launching Gallery Guichard, the curation of art for the gallery, collaborations with major companies, and how the gallery supports upcoming artists. The Q&A will end with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
Located on the first floor of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, Gallery Guichard features a rotating collection of modern and contemporary works from numerous global artists. A gallery commanding as much respect as Michigan Avenue, located in the Bronzeville community, in the largest African American art district in the country, owners Andre Guichard, Frances Guichard and Stephen Mitchell, opened the gallery in 2005 with the mission to expose patrons to multicultural artists specializing in the art of the African Diaspora thus creating platforms for artists and collectors to meet. Through fine art exhibitions, experiential events, and art tours, Gallery Guichard gives emerging underrepresented talent and mid-career artists an opportunity to develop their imagination and creativity.
Register for the 8/18 Empower Hour

Friday, 8/19 Webinar at 9:30 AM
How to Build a Website in Less Than 2 Hours - Hands On, Step by Step
Presented by Fernando Nunez, Foster Maven
In this workshop you will learn about the different types of websites available in the market in 2022 and how to build your own.
This webinar will show:
- how websites should be set up to make it easy for your client to navigate.
- how to purchase and set up your first website for under $17 a month. .
- how to install and set up the following pages on your website; Home, About, Products, Photos, Contact Us
- food ordering features if you are in the culinary industry or appointment setting if your business requires appointments.
- what kind of content you should write for each page and how to set it up so you reach your end goal (Sales, Schedule a Call, Book and Appointment)
- extra things you can do with you website after its built to provide an even better customer experience.
By the end of this workshop you should be able to install and build your website with proper flow and good copywriting.

Wednesday, 8/24 Webinar at 3:00 PM
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.

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

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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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