City of Chicago Offers First Workshop on Building Your Business by Blogging

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September Workshops Will Also Focus on How to Finance a Franchise, Legal Considerations, and City Inspections

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is set to host nine free business education workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the month of September. For the first time, the City will host a workshop on blogging, “How to Use Blogging to Build Your Business,” that will lay out how the company blog is becoming one of the most reliable forms of communications.

“I believe in offering a wide range of topics so business owners learn a little about several issues that may affect their business at some point,” said BACP Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek. “It is important that we stay on top of industry trends so we are offering the most relevant topics to ensure all attendees walk away with something from each workshop.”

There are several other educational workshops offered during September for employers, such as how to efficiently manage business operations and how to protect a start-up.

The Small Business Center (SBC) at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection hosts free business workshops in Room 805 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago on Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m and Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.  Workshops are free and conducted by city officials, BACP’s partner organizations, and experts in the industry.  To register for a workshop or for more information, call (312) 744-2086 or email Learn more about BACP programs and events by visiting

September 2015 Business Workshop Calendar

9/2        *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 must 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 point out the do’s and don’ts of operating your business.

9/4        How to Use Blogging to Build Your Business

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Smart at the Start

Blogging is one of the best ways to build authority and traffic on the Internet. As the Internet continues to grow, consumers have an insatiable need for content. The company blog has become one of the most reliable forms of providing that information. The biggest challenge most small business owner’s face is not whether they need a blog, but how to build a blog that brings in business.

9/9        How to Really Start Your Own Business

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by SCORE

Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, what are the first steps you should take? This workshop will help you assess your prospects, provide the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward.

9/11      How to Find and Finance a Franchise

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by John McLellan, FranNet- Chicago

This informative workshop will explore the many franchise opportunities available in the Chicago market and explain the process by which you can determine which franchise meets your personal lifestyle and financial goals. This workshop also will explore the different financial options that are available for financing a franchise.

9/16      How to Obtain a Mobile Food Dispenser/Preparer License

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

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

This workshop will give you all the information you need to become either a Mobile Food Dispenser (MFD) or Mobile Food Preparer (MFP) licensed food truck operator. We will walk you through the MFD/MFP licensing process including inspections, the application, mobile food vehicle, and operational requirements, as well as the optional pre-application Mobile Food Vehicle Assessment.

9/18      Small Business Success

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Learn the ins and outs of starting a small business and gain insight that will help you reach your goals. This workshop will cover starting your entity, marketing it for success and the intangibles of navigating the start-up arena.

9/23      How to Efficiently Manage Business Operations

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by Illinois SBDC at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Blackwell Energies

This workshop will focus on operations management and how to find savings at the operational level. It will cover operations management, energy and utilities, and other areas where savings can be obtained in the operation of a business. You will learn techniques that can quickly result in savings on operational costs and fatten your bottom line in the process!

9/25     LinkedIn: Converting Connections to New Business

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Digital Professional Institute and Dean DeLisle, Founder and CEO of Forward Progress

Dean DeLisle, Founder and CEO of Forward Progress, will take proven steps from our Social Selling Boot Camp and show you the most effective methods of connecting with your targets, gaining quality appointments, and finding the potential new clients in your network. You will also see what it takes to get THEM to find YOU by using LinkedIn for less than 20 minutes a day! Topics include optimize your profile, attract new prospects,    leverage your connections to close business, increase targeted referrals, gain more powerful introductions,            expand your pipeline and find new business channels.

9/30 Protecting your Tech Start Up: Legal Considerations

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC

Before opening the doors to your new technology concept, it’s important to be aware of legal risks that exist so you can properly protect your business. This workshop will explore different sources to fund your business   venture and teach you some basic principles of how to protect yourself in litigation. We will also discuss intellectual property laws and provide practical approaches on how to implement a solid intellectual property plan. Also, we will talk about important employment laws as well as review lease agreements to help demystify confusing legalese.

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