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.

Tuesday, 1/19 Webinar at 3:00 PM
The Paycheck Protection Program and Other Emergency Funding Opportunities
Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and ‎Accion Chicago
The SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has opened for a third round of applications. This program provides small businesses with funds for payroll costs, rent, utilities, and additional expense categories. The program has reopened initially for applications through community financial institutions in order to promote access to capital. The webinar will cover the PPP loan and other funding opportunities available through the U.S. SBA. We will also cover common questions and how to apply through Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).
Register for the 1/19 Webinar
Wednesday, 1/20 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Tekies Toolbox: How to Sell on Facebook
Presented by Tekies
Learn to strategically use digital tools to grow your business. Tekies will lead a Virtual Demo, where we will create and launch a campaign so you can learn step-by-step how to set up Facebook Ads.
Register for the 1/20 Webinar

Friday, 1/22 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Getting Started in SEO: An Introduction to Search Engine Optimization
Presented by Edwin Romero,
Search Engine Optimization (SEO), or the process of improving search engine visibility, is a marketing channel that is often either overlooked or misunderstood by small business owners. In this webinar, we will review the significance of SEO for small business owners, how SEO can serve as a long term, cost efficient marketing channel and what fundamental best practices should be kept in mind when optimizing for SEO.
Register for the 1/22 Webinar

Wednesday, 1/27 Webinat 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 1/27 Webinar

Friday, 1/29 Webinat at 9:30 AM
How to Start a Business in Illinois
Presented by Maura Mitchell (Women’s Business Development Center) and Lema Khorshid (Fuksa Khorshid Law Firm)
Are you considering starting a business in Illinois?  During the webinar we will take an initial assessment to help you recognize your startup strengths, introduce you to five basic startup steps, and review some legal tips recommended for startups.
Register for the 1/29 Webinar






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Previous Webinars

Visit BACP’s YouTube page for all additional 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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