Free BACP Business Education webinars . Register here. The City of Chicago Business Affairs’ and Consumer Protection department offers free classes year round on topics related to starting and operating a business. I’ve attended the in-person classes and they were very well run and informative.
Wednesday, 6/2 Webinar at 3:00 PM City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers
Gain 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.
Friday, 6/4 Webinar at 9:30 AM Contracting, Certification and Compliance with the City of Chicago
Learn about the role and responsibility of DPS in the City of Chicago’s purchasing process and how businesses can learn about opportunities, as well as the certification process for minority, women-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged businesses.
Wednesday, 6/9 Webinar at 3:00 PM Media Basics For Small Business
Tips for getting coverage for your small business or service. Webinar will include advice on how to be ‘newsworthy,’ how to become the go-to person in your area of expertise, how to manage your image on Zoom meetings and interviews. Question and answer period during the last 1/2 hour to help you get the most from this session.
Thursday, 6/10 Webinar at 1:00 PM Chicago’s New Online Portal for Shared Housing Registration
Join this webinar for an overview of the new Shared Housing Registration Applications portal and how to register as a Shared Housing Host.
Friday, 6/11 Webinar at 9:30 AM Thinking About Launching A Storefront Business?
Join a panel of industry experts and small business owners that will share considerations, best practices, trends, top mistakes, advice and more for creating a storefront.
Free BACP Business Education webinars
Wednesday, 6/16 Webinar at 3:00 PM Nuts and Bolts of Business Planning and Financial Readiness for Start-ups
Learn how to start a sustainable small business that is also better prepared to weather economic changes. Learn business planning from a financial readiness lens.
Friday, 6/18 Webinar at 9:30 AM How to Open a Concession at O’Hare and Midway International Airports
Learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process and how to operate a business at the airport. This workshop also provides an overview of the O’Hare, and Midway airport current Concessions programs; the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program; and the O’Hare 21 future expansion.
Wednesday, 6/23 Webinar at 3:00 PM Marketing: What To Know, How to Start & What to Expect
Learn about the fundamentals of marketing, why small business need marketing, how small business can start marketing and what results you can expect.
Friday, 6/25 Webinar at 9:30 AM Business Transformation Post-COVID
Many small and mid-sized businesses have seen the key underlying assumptions of their business models nullified by the coronavirus pandemic. This webinar will focus on helping business owners and leaders execute a successful business transformation that will allow companies so impacted to chart a course back to profitability and growth.
Wednesday, 6/30 Webinar at 3:00 PM Keys to Business Planning
Today’s presentation will cover 3 areas that every plan must address. Bankers, Investors, and potential business partners will want to feel confident that your business can undertake these areas.