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City of Chicago Offers Free Business Workshops

Posted by Admin On September - 26 - 2016

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.

 
October 2016 Workshop Calendar
10/5 City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a business.10/7  Accounting in Quickbooks
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Trak Patel, CPA, PCIP from ARCC Consulting Corp
Learn how to keep your financial recordkeeping books using QuickBooks. We will identify the differences of QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop and list the important features and benefits.10/12  Business Licensing 101
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Attendees will learn the 3 steps to obtain a business license, and free business resources to start or expand their business.10/14  How to Open a Concession at O’Hare or Midway Airport

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Chicago Department of Aviation – Concessions Department

Are you interested in operating a restaurant or shop at O’Hare or Midway International Airports, but don’t know where to begin? Come and learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process, how to operate a business at the airports, and a summary of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program.

10/19  Compelling Communications – Master your Message
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Mark DiGiacoma, Crossroads Leadership Development, LLC
There is a positive correlation between business success and your ability to clearly communicate your ideas. Learn how to create messages with impact, whether you’re talking with one person or an auditorium. This hands on approach begins with learning how the brain processes information. By the end, each attendee will have a framework to quickly build a captivating, clear and compelling message for your audience.

10/21  What Do I Blog About?
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Business Bragger, Inc.
We’ve all heard about the blogging craze that took the internet by storm!  Is your company blogging?  Find out why you should be and how it can increase your SEO rankings as well as your interaction on social media platforms.  If you’ve got writers block, this interactive workshop will help you get past what to say and teach you how to say it online.  Learn the SEO tactics to incorporate in your company blogs as well as how to create topics that will make a lasting impression.

10/26  Leadership and Happiness
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by J.B. Brocato
What is the key component of effective leadership?  Simple: Happiness.  Join J.B. Brocato, author of HAPPY IS COOL: HOW TO IGNITE THE TRUE HAPPINESS IN YOU, will present a fun, interactive workshop to provide tools to both company leaders and employees to increase personal and workplace happiness.  Based on J.B.’s H.O.I.S.T. model, attendees will learn a framework for happiness, practice optimism, apply happiness interventions, explore the concept of signature strengths, and discuss thoughts and behaviors that maximize happiness.

10/28 An Important Cash Flow Conversation – Understanding Working Capital
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Craig Feldman, Managing Partner – Bloom Lending
Let’s have a critical conversation about the importance of cash flow, learn the key indicators of why working capital is crucial in all areas of your business and discuss when short term debt is the best decision for you. Attending this workshop will provide you with the confidence to make the important decisions to manage your cash flow and to secure the best financing needed to achieve your goals.

Click here to view full monthly calendar. All workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection – City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805.
Incentive to Complete the Small Business Start-Up Certificate Program

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Center (SBC) has partnered with The PrivateBank to make entrepreneurs who complete the city’s Business Start-Up Certificate Program eligible to apply for low-interest and no-fee loans through the bank’s Entrepreneurial Loan Program.

Program participants who complete the curriculum will now qualify to apply for The PrivateBank Entrepreneurial Loan. This low-interest, no-fee loan can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000 for new businesses and $25,000 for businesses with one-year of filed tax returns. All financing decisions are made by the bank.

For more information go business workshops email BACPoutreach@CityofChicago.org or call 312.744.2086.
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
10/29 Free Small Business Expo 

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