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BACP Webinars

Updated: Jun 29


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.

To register visit www.chicago.gov/businesseducation

Wednesday, 6/29 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Want to Start a Business and Don’t Know Where to Start? Strategies and Tips for Getting your Business Off the Ground

Presented by Sarah Wilson, Executive Director of Uptown United & Uptown Chamber of Commerce

Thinking of starting a business and don’t know how to begin? Looking to move your home business into a storefront and feel ready to sign a lease? Before you do you anything, reach out to a Chicago Business Center and let them help you get set up for success. Hear from Sarah Wilson, Executive Director of Uptown United & Uptown Chamber of Commerce, on strategies and tips for getting your business off the ground.

Register for the 6/29 Webinar

Thursday, 6/30 Webinar at 10:00 AM

Updates to Chicago’s Sexual Harassment Laws

Presented by Chicago Commission on Human Relations

Chicago’s Sexual Harassment Laws were recently amended to make them stronger and to uphold zero tolerance of violence and harassment in the workplace. As of July 1, 2022, all employers in the city of Chicago must have a written policy on sexual harassment. Additionally, employers are required to display a public notice advising of the prohibition on sexual harassment where employees can see it. Join this webinar to learn how sexual harassment and misconduct are defined, employer requirements under the law, and resources to inform employers and employees about the new changes.

Register for the 6/30 Webinar


Friday, 7/1 No Webinar Due to Holiday

Wednesday, 7/6 Webinar 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 7/6 Webinar

Thursday, 7/7 Webinar at 10:00 AM

Home & Business Protection Program

Presented by Community Safety Coordination Center

The City's Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) provides rebates up to certain limits that cover the costs of outdoor security cameras, one year of cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs. Join this webinar to learn about the program including eligibility, rebate requirements, and the impact on community safety.

Register for the 7/7 Webinar

Friday, 7/8 Webinar at 9:30 AM

Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks

(Part of the Inside the Industry Webinar Series)

Presented by JinJa Birkenbeuel, Illinois Google Digital Coach, Host of The Honest Field Guide Podcast, and NFT and Web 3 Instructor

Learn how to manage work and life tasks more effectively using Google tools. Whether you want to create a to-do list, meeting agenda, or presentation, these best practices will boost your productivity.

Register for the 7/8 Webinar

Wednesday, 7/13 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Fund Your Startup into a Real Business

Presented by Score Chicago

(Part of a Score Chicago Funding Webinar Series)

If you are starting a business, getting funding may be one of the challenges you will face to get your startup off the ground.

Did you know the biggest challenge to starting a business is a shortage of capital? Do you know where successful entrepreneurs find funding for their business? Or where even to start to look?

Funding a startup can be a daunting, drawn out process. However, there are options available. Learn how to navigate through the process of financing your dream and decide which route is best for your business.

The webinar will go through real sources of capital and provide valuable financial projection tools.

Topics Covered:

- Start-up Costs

- Micro Lenders

- Family and Friends

- Donation Funding

- Angel Investing

- Alternative Lending

Register for the 7/13 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


Please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions.



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 chicago.gov/NBDC.



Business Education Resources:

  • To view upcoming webinars, visit www.chicago.gov/businesseducation

  • To view past webinars, visit www.YouTube.com/ChicagoBACP

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