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 BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org, 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.
Friday, 8/5 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Everything You Need To Know About Business Insurance
Presented by Sandra Cavoto Insurance Agency
In this session, attendees will learn the coverages needed for their business. We'll discuss the right questions to ask your insurance professional and how to protect yourself and your business against lawsuits.
Register for the 8/5 Webinar
Wednesday, 8/10 Webinar at 3:00 PM
How We Did It: Raising Capital for Your Business
Presented by Score Chicago
(Part of a Score Chicago Funding Webinar Series)
In this webinar, you will learn how two Chicago entrepreneurs, former SCORE Chicago clients, and founders of Tiesta Tea Dan Klein and Patrick Tannous raised 4 rounds of financing totaling over $8 million. Tiesta Tea has also used many different methods of funding including friends/family, factoring, purchase order (PO) financing, SBA loans, Angel Investors, and VC funding. Dan and Patrick will share their experiences raising capital during the different growth stages of their business.
Tiesta Tea is a company that used SCORE Chicago to get started in 2010. Dan and Patrick know firsthand how important mentorship is for aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesses seeking mentoring from SCORE to accelerate the growth and success of their businesses. The founders Dan Klein and Patrick Tannous started with nothing, but an idea to sell tea, and fast forward 10 years, they have sold over $54MM of their product. They sell their products in thousands of retail stores, including Walmart, Jewel, Mariano’s, Amazon, Costco and many more.
Register for the 8/10 Webinar
Friday, 8/12 Webinar at 9:30 AM
State of the Restaurant Industry - Trends and Best Practices for Operators
(Part of the Inside the Industry Webinar Series)
Join the Illinois Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association for a discussion on the state of the restaurant industry in 2022 and what the future holds for restaurateurs. Get the latest data on current and upcoming trends critical to the industry’s growth and success over the upcoming decade, and examine how these opportunities are reshaping the industry’s sales, workforce, technologies and off-premises markets.
Register for the 8/12 Webinar
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.
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, 8/31 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.
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