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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.

April 2017 Workshop Calendar
4/5     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.4/7     Chicago’s New Disability Access Regulations
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations
The Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requires that Chicago businesses ensure that their facilities, products and services are available to individuals with disabilities. On July 1, 2017, new disability rights regulations passed by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations goes into effect. These regulations specify what Chicago businesses must do in order to make their goods and services accessible to people with disabilities. Matthew Lango, Deputy Commissioner of the CCHR, will give an overview of these new regulations.4/12     Cómo Empezar un Negocio (How to Start a Business)
(WORKSHOP PRESENTED IN SPANISH)
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presentado por Quiroga College
Esta presentación cubrirá los pasos para abrir un negocio en Illinois. También cubrirá sabiduría empresarial, educación financiera, mercadeo y dinámica de equipos. En este taller proporcionaremos orientación en áreas claves del negocio, incluyendo relaciones con los clientes, organización y operaciones.4/14     Ten Practical Legal Tips for Small Business Success
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC
Running a small business takes a lot of work. Often, a handful of employees fill a variety of roles, meaning that everyone has to bring serious hard work, dedication, self-motivation, and multitasking skills to the table. Amid all this, it can be easy to forget about the legal aspects of running a business. However, attending to these matters sooner rather than later is likely to save you time, stress, and expense in the long run. Join us in this workshop to learn our top 10 legal tips for small business success.4/19     Lowering Credit Card Processing Costs for Your Business
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Jonathan Simon, Horizon Payments LLC
Would you like to learn how to lower an important but often overlooked cost in your business? Unfortunately, the majority of business owners do not understand what they are paying for or why when they get their credit card processing statement. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the basics of credit card processing: industry and pricing structures, interchange, line item charges, contracts, regulations, and how you can make simple changes to save your business money. Current business owners are encouraged to bring a processing statement so they can do their own analysis while new entrepreneurs will learn what to look for in a processor and equipment. Never be caught off guard by a sales call again!
4/21     Small Business Resources to Help Your Business Succeed
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Donald Pellico, Business Opportunity Specialist with the Small Business Administration (SBA)
Come learn about programs, services, and partners to help you start and grow your business. Working with SBA resource partners in Illinois, can help you start, grow and achieve business success.* 4/26     Business Licensing 101
3:00 – 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.* 4/28     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.*Money Smart Week is April 22- 29, and the Wednesday, April 26th and Friday, April 28th workshops are a part of this public awareness campaign. Additional events can be found at www.moneysmartweek.org
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
5/4 Small Business Center on the Road Expo
MAY 4th SMALL BUSINESS CENTER ON THE ROAD EXPO OFFERED IN EVENING
The Small Business Center on the Road Expo will be hosting an expo in the evening for the first time.  The expo will be at 1871 at theMart (Merchandise Mart) on Thursday, May 4th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The expo is free and open to the public.
Expo details:
  • 1871 is located in theMart (Merchandise Mart) – 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
  • Great Keynote Speaker
  • FREE assistance from business consultants to begin the licensing process
  • Resources on Procurement, Financial, Insurance, Consumer information
  • Financial Advisers on hand to answer questions
  • Perfect your Elevator Pitch
  • Mini makeovers and Hair by Blown by Bocaj
  • FREE Headshot by a professional photographer to be used for your marketing/promotional materials
  • FREE Tax Clinic: One-on-One counseling sessions provided by Center for Economic Progress (CEP)
  • FREE Law Clinic: Legal advice and support provided by The Law Project
  • FREE Networking Hour: Connect and exchange ideas with likeminded entrepreneurs provided by Chicago’s Office of the City Treasurer from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Over 40 Exhibitors
  • 2 Free Workshops (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) 
  • And much more!

Go to Small Business Center on the Road Expo for more information or to register.

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