Business Education

BACP Webinars


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.

Friday, 5/7 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Business Licensing 101
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Attendees will learn the process to obtain a business license and how to access free resources and support for your business.
Register for the 5/7 Webinar


Tuesday, 5/11 Webinar at 2:00 PM
Sidewalk Café Permits and Other Outdoor Dining Options
Presented by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
2021 Sidewalk Café Permits are now available through the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Join this webinar for an overview of how to obtain this permit and other outdoor dining options, including the Expanded Outdoor Dining Program.
Register for the 5/11 Webinar

Wednesday, 5/12 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Understanding & Clarifying Your Brand Identity
Presented By: Stacey Pitts Caldwell, Center Director, SBDC at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce & Owner, SMP Creative™ Business & Design
Now, more than ever it is critical that small businesses grasp the core concepts of branding to begin developing a strong brand position.  In this webinar, you will gain a better understanding of your existing brand, learn what it takes to create a new brand, or simply refresh your basic knowledge of branding to help you connect and engage with your customers.  All businesses, from pre-venture and start-ups to established enterprises are welcome to explore the following topics: Brand Identity, Brand Communications, Personality & Inspiration, and Storytelling.
Register for the 5/12 Webinar

Jueves, 5/13 Webinar at 10:00 AM
(workshop will be presented in Spanish)
Licencamiento Comercial 101
Presentado por la Ciudad de Chicago Departamento de Asuntos Comerciales y Protección del Consumidor(BACP)
Centro de Negocios Pequeños(SBC)
Los asistentes aprenderán el proceso para obtener una licencia comercial y como acceder a recursos y soporte gratuitos para su negocio.
Registrarse para el 5/13 Webinar

Friday, 5/14 Webinar at 9:30 AM 
Facebook and Instagram Posts: Take Your Posts to the Next Level
Presented by Francisco Ramirez, Chimbly Consultants
You've been posting for some time, but maybe your posts don't always reach or engage your audience? Confused by how the algorithms decide whether or not to show your post? Participants of this workshop will examine Facebook and Instagram posts and compare what makes a post rise to the top and what knocks a post off news feeds. Participants will leave with tools to take their posts to the next level.
Register for the 5/14 Webinar

Wednesday, 5/19 at 3:00 PM
Accounting in Quickbooks
Presented by Trak Patel, ARCC Consulting
Learn how to keep your financial recordkeeping books using QuickBooks. We will identify the differences between QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop and list the important features and benefits.
Register for the 5/19 Webinar

Friday, 5/21 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, State and Federal government spends 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 5/21 Webinar

Wednesday, 5/26 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Transform Your Dream into a Real Startup
Presented by Score Chicago
Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, do you know what the start-up journey is like? Or what initial steps you need to take?
This webinar will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream. The webinar will also cover pricing, promotion, competition and marketing to give you a competitive edge.
Register for the 5/26 Webinar 

Friday, 5/28 Webinar at 9:30 AM
(workshop will be conducted in Spanish)
Cómo Encontrar y Retener Clientes Utilizando Datos Digitales
Presentado por El Centro de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas del estado de Illinois, (SBDC) de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Illinois.
Aprenda a reducir costos, aumentar la eficiencia, y tomar decisiones basadas en evidencia a través del análisis de datos. Comprender la información digital es vital para los empresarios de hoy en día sin importar el tamaño de su empresa. El análisis de información digital le ayudará a competir en un mercado más amplio y satisfacer las necesidades de sus clientes de manera precisa.
Registrarse para 5/28 Webinar

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Previous Webinars

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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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