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.
Wednesday, 12/1 Webinar at 3:00 PM
City Inspections - Ask Questions, Get Answers
Presented by the City of Chicago
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, Department of Public Health, and the Department of Buildings will provide insight on how operate a compliant business in the City of Chicago. Topics covered will include how to prepare for inspections, building permits and sign display requirements, food inspection overview and necessary certificates, and zoning review procedures. Learn how to operate safely and avoid common setbacks.
Register for the 12/1 Webinar
Understanding the 5C’s of credit from a Lender’s perspective
Presented by CIBC Bank USA
Whether you’re a business owner or thinking about starting your business; you will learn what you need to know about bank financing products during this discussion. We will talk about credit, capacity, collateral, character, capitalization and loans, lines of credit and other available resources that can help you on your entrepreneurial journey.
Register for the 12/3 Webinar
Wednesday, 12/8 webinar at 3:00 pm
Finding Funding-Where to Go When the Bank Says No
Presented by Andrew Fogaty, from the 36Squared Business Incubator and GSDC, Gabriella Bomben from the Women's Business Development Center and Hussain Bhanpuri from CIBC
Where to go when the bank says NO?! Need funding to start or grow your business? Then this event is for you!
Andrew Fogaty, from the 36Squared Business Incubator and GSDC, will be joined by Gabriella Bomben from the Women's Business Development Center and Hussain Bhanpuri from CIBC to discuss alternatives to traditional bank lending programs. don't miss this opportunity to learn about
non profit lenders, crowdfunding, micro loans, SBA programs and more.
Register for the 12/8 webinar
Friday, 12/10 Webinar at 9:30 AM
SBIF & NOF Grants: Capital to Make Permanent Improvements to Your Small Business
Presented by Kimberly Brisky, Managing Director of Communications & Engagement at SomerCor. SomerCor is contracted by the city of Chicago to administer the SBIF and NOF programs.
The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) and Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) grants provide small businesses and nonprofits with capital to make permanent building improvements. As part of the INVESTSouthWest initiative, these funds support small businesses and nonprofits seeking to strengthen commercial corridors across Chicago through transformational investment. This presentation will provide details on program eligibility rules, benefits, application instructions, and client success stories for these impactful programs.
Register for the Friday, 12/10 Webinar
Monday, 12/13 Webinar at 2:00 PM
Fair Workweek Enforcement and Compliance for Employers
Presented by the BACP Office of Labor Standards (OLS)
Join this interactive webinar to learn the key components of the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance. This webinar is especially timely as businesses hire seasonal employment for the holidays. OLS Director, Andy Fox, will be available for Q&A.
Register for the 12/13 Webinar
Make Sure You Get Paid
Presented by Score Chicago
This webinar will provide small business owners with an overview of the payments industry and the tools they need to make educated decisions about various payment options. Participants will gain insights and information on the following:
- Why should electronic payment services be part of your business payment ecosystem?
- What are the options for your business to accept payments?
- Which entities can provide these services for businesses?
Topics also include:
- How to make basic decisions based on business needs
- Tips on how to avoid costly mistakes
Register for the 12/15 Webinar
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.
Webinars will resume in 2022 with new and exciting topics !
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