The City of Chicago is currently in Phase Four: "Gradually Resume." Many City services have adjusted hours or locations and may require health screens prior to entering their physical spaces. Please call ahead or visit any department's website to get additional details, or visit chicago.gov/covid-19.
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, 9/22 Webinar at 10:00 AM
Illinois Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program
The State of Illinois has created the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) program for small businesses in Illinois suffering losses as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as communities impacted by the recent civil unrest. Applications are now open and will offer over $220 million in funds for small businesses hit hardest by the ongoing pandemic, with a focus on economically distressed communities across Illinois.
Please join us as we bring together the following partners to provide an overview of the program and how to apply.
- Ciere Boatright, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
- Brad McConnell, Accion Serving Illinois and Indiana
- Marcus Yancey, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago
Register for the Tuesday, 9/22 Webinar
Wednesday, 9/23 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 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 will also provide an overview of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program.
Register for the Wednesday, 9/23 Webinar
Friday, 9/25 Webinar at 9:30 AM
How To Save Your Business!
Presented by Bruce Montgomery, Sunshine Enterprises
Learn the steps you can take to secure your business success when failure is not an option. Most businesses start with too little money and lack of a well developed business plan but fixing your business can’t happen unless you make it happen. This workshop will introduce you to the principles used to turn around any business. Gain an understanding of the tools and techniques you can use to jump start the process of rebuilding your business to not only survive but to thrive! Don't Give Up! Stay In It To Win It!
Register for the Friday, 9/25 Webinar
Wednesday, 9/30 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Expanding Minority Business Access: An Introduction to Government and Corporate Contracting
Presented by the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
Wondering whether corporate contracting and government procurement is right for growing your business – and daunted by the process? One tool to help level the playing field for minority- and women-owned field is MBE and WBE certification. Learn more about contracting with corporations and governments, as well as certification, at this webinar.
Register here for the Wednesday, 9/30 Webinar
Please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions.
Phase Four Webinars
Visit BACP’s YouTube page for all additional 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