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BACP Webinars

Updated: 6 days ago

The Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protections (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.

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Wednesday, 1/25 at 3:00 PM

Chicago Business Licensing: Retail Food License

Presented by City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

Learn about Retail Food licensing, including the application process and required documents, as well as best practices for safe operations. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

Part of the BACP business licensing webinar series

Register for the 1/25 Webinar

Friday, 1/27 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 1/27 Webinar

Wednesday, 2/1 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 2/1 Webinar

Friday, 2/3 at 9:30 AM

A New Pitch in the New Year

Presented by Myeisha Grady, Business Advisor, Access to Capital Program and Services, Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)

It’s a new year with a new business or maybe new services or products have been added to your current business. What a perfect time to work on your business pitch. This interactive session will provide you with tips and tools to update your business pitch to help you get to the next level!

Register for the 2/3 Webinar

Reminders and Resources:

Tips to Protect Chicago's Businesses

The City of Chicago is working diligently to ensure that our business community is prepared for the potential for events, large demonstrations, protest activity and civil unrest. You can view the proactive steps businesses can take to stay protected which include signing up for ChiBiz Emergency Alerts, joining Chicago's Public Private Partnership Initiative, and staying alert.

Neighborhood Business Development Centers

Chicago-based chambers of commerce and business support organizations, often referred to as Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC), assist in the development of small businesses in Chicago, serve as liaison between local businesses and the City of Chicago, and provide neighborhood business development services. They have have a strong neighborhood network and coordinate efforts with local aldermen, the City, and other community partners. They can help start-up entrepreneurs and existing business owners. Find your local NBDC by visiting

Business Education Resources:

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  • To view past webinars, visit

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