Register Now For BACP Upcoming Webinars

Updated: 2 hours 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.

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

FREE business education workshops are now available as WEBINARS!

To register visit

Wednesday, 5/19 at 3:00 PM

Accounting in Quickbooks

Presented by Trak Patel, ARCC Consulting

Learn how to keep your financial recordkeeping books using QuickBooks. We will identify the differences between QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop and list the important features and benefits.

Register for the 5/19 Webinar

Friday, 5/21 Webinar at 9:30 AM

Grants, incentives, and FREE assistance for your business

Presented by Andrew Fogaty, Executive Director 36Squared Business Incubator

Every year the City, State and Federal government spends MILLIONS of dollars to provide grants, incentives and free assistance to Chicago area companies. Was your company one of them?

Come to this FREE informative event and learn how your business can access assistance for everything from building improvement and property acquisition to export assistance and government contracting.

Register for the 5/21 Webinar

Wednesday, 5/26 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Transform Your Dream into a Real Startup

Presented by Score Chicago

Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, do you know what the start-up journey is like? Or what initial steps you need to take?

This webinar will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream. The webinar will also cover pricing, promotion, competition and marketing to give you a competitive edge.

Register for the 5/26 Webinar

Friday, 5/28 Webinar at 9:30 AM

(workshop will be conducted in Spanish)

Cómo Encontrar y Retener Clientes Utilizando Datos Digitales

Presentado por El Centro de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas del estado de Illinois, (SBDC) de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Illinois.

Aprenda a reducir costos, aumentar la eficiencia, y tomar decisiones basadas en evidencia a través del análisis de datos. Comprender la información digital es vital para los empresarios de hoy en día sin importar el tamaño de su empresa. El análisis de información digital le ayudará a competir en un mercado más amplio y satisfacer las necesidades de sus clientes de manera precisa.

Registrarse para 5/28 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 May 24, 2021.

Vaccine Eligibility

Everyone 16 years of age and older living in Chicago is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination! Chicagoans can look for vaccine appointments at or use the City's COVID-19 Vaccine Finder to identify additional vaccine providers. New appointments will be added frequently, and people are encouraged to check back. To learn about Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, visit

Business Education Resources:

  • To view upcoming webinars, visit

  • To view past webinars, visit

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