June 23, 2017

City Small Business Center Is ‘ON THE ROAD’ To The South Shore Cultural Center

One-Stop Shopping For Entrepreneurs Who Want To Launch Or Grow A Business

Lilia Chacon Director of Public Information Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection     312.744.5365, cell 312.805.9385

The City of Chicago is reaching out to anyone who wants to launch or grow a small business, and we’re taking our vendors and workshops on the road.  The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) through the Small Business Center (SBC) is hosting the third of five small business on expos Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago. Maya-Camille Broussard, entrepreneur and owner of a pie baking company called Justice of the Pies will be the keynote speaker. 

During the expo, business owners and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to consult, network and gather information from more than 40 government and non-profit agencies including the Chicago Department of Procurement Services, the Illinois Secretary of State, and the U.S. Department of Labor. The goal of the expo series is to provide free, expert advice to all entrepreneurs on topics such as licensing, financing and business planning. 

“This expo series is part of Mayor Emanuel’s commitment to supporting Chicago’s neighborhood businesses by bringing every helpful resource we have or know of straight to them,” Acting BACP Commissioner Rosa Escareño said. “It will have something for all kinds of businesses and we encourage everyone to swing by and see what we have to offer.”

For the second time at this expo, participants who have successfully completed the ‘Small Business Start-up Certificate Program’ will take part in a graduation ceremony. The Certificate Program is part of the Small Business Center (SBC) twice-weekly business education workshops offered throughout the year. 

The expo also offers free makeovers, professional head shots, a tax and legal clinic, consumer and financial help and free document shredding services. There will be three free workshops following the keynote speech from noon until 1P.M.

  • How to Write a Business Plan: Presented by The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC). This workshop will cover the structure of a business plan, which includes the executive summary. It’s in the Solarium.
  • Access to Capital: Helping Your Business Grow” Presented by: Fifth Third Bank and ACCION. How to get access to capital through traditional and non-traditional sources. It’s in the Music Library on the Mezzanine floor.
  • Facebook Ads: Presented by Stephanie Walters, Blue Top Marketing. This session gives an overview on how to maximize the ad platform within Facebook to reach your target market, with some pro tips. It’s in the Oak Room on the Mezzanine floor.

The Small Business Center ‘On the Road’ is a series of five free expos in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. The series is a partnership between the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), Western Union, Fifth Third Bank and COUNTRY Financial®.

The expo is part of the Mayor’s agenda to support neighborhood businesses and economic development. Each expo offers business consultants from the (SBC) to help attendees apply or renew for a business license. In addition, the Center for Economic Progress will provide a free tax clinic and The Law Project will provide a free legal clinic with representatives offering 20-minute consultations. A one-hour networking session, hosted by City Treasurer Kurt Summers, will wrap up the expo from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M.

The 2017 Small Business Center ‘On the Road’ expo series remaining dates and locations:

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Wright College
  • Saturday, November 4 at Malcom X College

To register for an expo or for more information, visit www.chismallbizexpo.com, call (312) 744-2086 or email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org. For more information about the City of Chicago’s Small Business Center visit www.cityofchicago.org/sbc.



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