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.
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; or TTY at 312-744-1944. 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.
Friday, 1/14 Webinar at 9:30 AM
What You Need to Know About Your Business & Federal Taxes
Presented by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Ladder Up
This workshop will answer important tax questions for your business including: Are you required to file a tax return? Is your worker an independent contractor or an employee? What business records must be kept? Are you required to make estimated tax payments? What resources does the IRS have for small business owners?
Register for the 1/14 Webinar
Wednesday, 1/19 at 3:00 PM
Access to Capital
Presented by Allies for Community Business
Allies for Community Business offers loans between $500 and $100,000 to early, emerging, and established businesses at fair prices. A4CB’s Yessenia Diaz De Leon will give an overview of what is required to apply for a small business loan and information about their current 3% interest rate reduction. Also learn about how A4CB provides free business coaching to anyone who wants to start or grow a business.
Register for the 1/19 Webinar
Friday, 1/21 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 1/21 Webinar
Wednesday, 1/26 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Transform Your Dream Into a Real Start Up
Presented by Score Chicago
Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? Is so, do you know whtat 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 forwar to realize your dream. The webinar will also cover pricing, promotion, competition and marketing to give you a competitive edge.
Register for the 1/26 Webinar
1/28 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Nuts and Bolts of Business Planning and Financial Readiness for Start-ups
Presented by Geri Aglipay, Small Business Majority
Learn the nuts and bolts for starting a sustainable small business that is prepared to weather economic changes. Key tips will be provided on laying the foundation from a business planning and financial readiness lens.
Register for the 1/28 Webinar
Please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions.
Visit BACP’s YouTube for all 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