The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (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 Paycheck Protection Program and How to Apply
Tuesday, 2/2 Webinar at 2:00 PM
Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), BMO Harris Bank, PNC Bank and US Bank in partnership with the Illinois Bankers Association
The SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has opened for a third round of applications. This program provides small businesses with funds for payroll costs, rent, utilities, and additional expense categories. The program is open for applications through participating lenders, including traditional banks like the ones participating in this webinar. The webinar will cover the PPP loan and other funding opportunities available through the U.S. SBA. We will also cover common questions and how to apply through a traditional lender.
City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers
Wednesday, 2/3 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Presented by the City of Chicago
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, Department of Public Health, and the Department of Buildings will provide 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.
Growing Your Business in Uncertain Times
Friday, 2/5 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Presented by Shelby Parchman, Managing Partner, InUrban Strategies
Growing a business can be challenging in the best of times and can seem almost impossible during the challenging times that we are currently facing. However, many businesses are thriving and experiencing strong growth in revenue. What is the secret to their success? It may be easier than you think. Join us for tips on how to develop growth sustainable and effective strategies for your business.
El Programa de Protección de Cheques de Pago y Cómo Solicitarlo (seminario web en español)
Martes 9 de Febrero a las 10:00 a.m.
Este seminario web se presentará en español. This webinar will be in Spanish.
Presentado por la U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) y la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Illinois
El Programa de Protección de Cheques de Pago (PPP) de la SBA se abrió para una tercera ronda de solicitudes. Este programa proporciona a las pequeñas empresas fondos para costos de nómina, alquiler, servicios públicos y categorías de gastos adicionales. El programa está abierto a solicitudes a través de prestamistas participantes. El seminario web cubrirá el préstamo de PPP y otras oportunidades de financiamiento disponibles a través de la SBA de EE. UU. También cubriremos preguntas comunes y cómo presentar la solicitud.
Please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions.