Register Now For BACP Upcoming Webinars

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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.

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection’s

FREE business education workshops are now available as WEBINARS!

To register visit

Wednesday, 4/14 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Obtaining a Liquor License in the City of Chicago

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

This webinar will provide a general overview of the liquor licensing process in the City of Chicago. We will discuss the different types of liquor licenses, an overview of the application process, and items to consider before submitting an application.

Register for the 4/14 Webinar

Friday, 4/16 Webinar at 9:30 AM

How to Write a Business Plan. What you need to know!

Presented by Donna R. Rockin, Managing Partner at Rockin Enterprises, Inc.

Learn how to create a comprehensive business plan. It's easier than you think when you understand all the components that get included. You'll receive a complete list of what to include to demystify the process. Writing a solid business plan is your roadmap to business success.

Register for the 4/16 Webinar

Wednesday, 4/21 Webinar at 3:00 PM

SBA update: Recovery Programs for Entrepreneurs

Presented by the Small Business Administration (SBA) Illinois District Office

Join presenters from the U.S. Small Business Administration for an overview of small business relief programs and learn how you can access immediate relief for your entrepreneurial needs. The presenters will discuss the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, and other relief options for small businesses. Bring your questions! There will be time for Q&A.

Register for the 4/21 Webinar

Friday, 4/23 Webinar at 9:30 AM

To Thine Own Self Be True; Discovering the Value in Your Personal Brand

Presented by Nina Abnee, Professional Lecture and Advertising Professional in Residence at DePaul University; a certified Leadership Coach; and former advertising executive

Nina Abnee is a Professional Lecture and Advertising Professional in Residence at DePaul University; a certified Leadership Coach; and former advertising executive. She has combined her expertise in crafting brand strategies with her training as a professional coach to help people discover their own authentic brand and create momentum for their lives and businesses.

Register for the 4/23 Webinar

Wednesday, 4/28 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Know Your Rights

The Office of Labor Standards presents overview of worker rights and employer responsibilities during COVID-19 under Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave, Anti-Retaliation Ordinances.

Register for the 4/28 Webinar

Friday, 4/30 Webinar at 9:30 AM

Legal Framework for Small Businesses

Presented by: Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC

The legal component of a business sets the foundation and structure for a sustainable business. A business climate is everchanging, but valuable legal tips are a resource. Learn the top 10 legal tips for small business success through an interactive webinar. The Q&A set up will provide useful and practical tips on legal essentials such as incorporation, contracts, and more.

Register for the 4/30 Webinar

Reminders and Resources:

Chicago Reopening Guidelines

The City of Chicago has developed industry-specific guidelines for safely operating within Phase IV: Gradually Resume. These guidelines are part of the city’s Be Safe Chicago framework that will be used to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. Please review the guidelines to keep your business in compliance.

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

Extension of Business Relief

As a reminder, last month the Chicago City Council passed a law to extend critical regulatory relief into 2021. The following measures are now in place:

  • Extension of License Expiration Dates: All licenses that expire between March 15, 2020 and June 15, 2021 will be considered active until July 15, 2021 and those businesses can operate during that time without renewing their license or paying a fee.

  • Extension of Sidewalk Café Permit Expiration Date and Extension of Reforms: All current Sidewalk Café Permits will be considered active through May 31, 2021 and businesses with a Sidewalk Café Permit can operate their current Sidewalk Cafes until that date without renewing. Additionally, all Sidewalk Café Permits issued for the 2021 season will benefit from the temporary reforms implemented in 2020: permit fee reduction of 75%, the ability to extend in front of neighboring property and an expedited permit issuance process.

  • Extension of Expanded Outdoor Dining Program: The Expanded Outdoor Dining Program, through which bars and restaurants can operate outside on private property or closed streets, has been extended to last through the end of 2021.

Business Education Resources:

  • To view upcoming webinars, visit

  • To view past webinars, visit

2020 Taxicab Driver Excellence Award

BACP has launched the nomination period for the 2020 Taxicab Driver Excellence Award. The award focuses on taxicab drivers who serve our community of people with disabilities, drive wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) taxicabs, and provide exemplary customer service to passengers. The winners will receive a free Chicago taxicab medallion. The nomination form may be completed electronically or printed to complete. Nominations will be accepted through April 16, 2021.

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