City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road

 Small Business Expo

The next BACP's Small Business Expo is Saturday, 3/7 at Kennedy King College (U Building) - 740 W. 63rd Street!!



 Expo Flyer

Expo details:

    • Keynote Address at 11:00 a.m.
      JOHN W. ROGERS, JR. - Founder, Chairman, CO-CEO & Chief Investment Officer
      Ariel Investments
      John is Founder, Chairman, Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based investment company that focuses on undervalued small- and medium-sized companies. Founded in 1983, patience serves as the cornerstone of a disciplined approach that still drives the firm today. Beyond Ariel, John is a board member of McDonald’s, NIKE and The New York Times Company, serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago and recently joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors.
    • FREE assistance from business consultants to begin the licensing process
    • Resources on Procurement, Financial, and Consumer information
    • Financial Advisers on hand to answer questions
    • Perfect your Elevator Pitch
    • Mini makeovers
    • Tech Lane!  There will be technology industry exhibitors offering technology resources for your business. Ask about tech solutions to streamline your business operations, tech marketing and advertising strategies and tech analytics to help reach and identify your clients.

    • FREE Headshot from a professional photographer to be used for marketing/promotional materials
    • FREE Tax Clinic: One-on-One counseling sessions provided by Ladder Up
    • FREE Law Clinic: Legal advice and support provided by The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
    • FREE Networking Hour: Connect and exchange ideas with likeminded entrepreneurs provided by Chicago’s Office of the City Treasurer from 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    • Exhibitors including:
      Fifth Third Bank
      Accion Chicago
      Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union
      Chicago Public Library
      City of Chicago Department of Buildings
      City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
      City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
      City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
      City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
      City of Chicago Department of Public Health
      City of Chicago Office of the City Clerk
      City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation
      City of Chicago Office of the City Treasurer
      CMS/Business Enterprise Program
      Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
      Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
      Greater Southwest Development Corporation
      Illinois Attorney General's Office
      Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
      Illinois Department of Employment Security
      Illinois Human Rights Commission
      Illinois Office of the Comptroller
      Illinois Secretary of State
      Illinois State Treasurer Office
      Internal Revenue Service
      Ladder Up
      Office of Emergency Management Communications
      Score Chicago
      South Shore Chamber, Inc.
      Sunshine Enterprises
      U.S. Small Business Administration
      Women's Business Development Center
      World Business Chicago
      and more......
    • 3 Free Workshops (12:00 - 1:00 pm) including:

      Roadmap to Business Financing

      Presented by Fifth Third Bank
      In order for businesses to start or grow, financing is often needed. Attend this workshop and you will obtain the pathway to financial success including traditional and non traditional credit sources and how to best prepare for when your company needs capital most.

      How to Create a “One Page” Business Plan
      Presented by Vincent Williams, MBA, Vice President of Economic Empowerment & Director- IL-SBDC @ YWCA Metropolitan Chicago|Woodlawn Resource Center  
      This workshop will provide the basics behind cultivating and creating a working business plan.



Sponsored by:

    • Fifth Third Bank Western Union

Upcoming Expos:

  • Saturday, May 2nd at Arturo Velasquez Institute (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, June 25th at 1871 theMart (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, August 29th at Truman College - McKeon Lobby (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, November 7th at Malcolm X College (10:00 to 2:00 p.m.)

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