BACP Business Education Workshop Webinars


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.

Tuesday, 5/11 Webinar at 2:00 PM

Sidewalk Café Permits and Other Outdoor Dining Options

Presented by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

2021 Sidewalk Café Permits are now available through the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Join this webinar for an overview of how to obtain this permit and other outdoor dining options, including the Expanded Outdoor Dining Program.

Register for the 5/11 Webinar


Wednesday, 5/12 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Understanding & Clarifying Your Brand Identity

Presented By: Stacey Pitts Caldwell, Center Director, SBDC at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce & Owner, SMP Creative™ Business & Design

Now more than ever it is critical that small businesses grasp the core concepts of branding to begin developing a strong brand position. In this webinar, you will gain a better understanding of your existing brand, learn what it takes to create a new brand, or simply refresh your basic knowledge of branding to help you connect and engage with your customers. All businesses, from pre-venture and start-ups to established enterprises are welcome to explore the following topics: Brand Identity, Brand Communications, Personality & Inspiration, and Storytelling.

Register for the 5/12 Webinar


Jueves, 5/13 Webinar at 10:00 AM

(workshop will be presented in Spanish)

Licencamiento Comercial 101

Presentado por la Ciudad de Chicago Departamento de Asuntos Comerciales y Protección del Consumidor(BACP)

Centro de Negocios Pequeños(SBC)

Los asistentes aprenderán el proceso para obtener una licencia comercial y como acceder a recursos y soporte gratuitos para su negocio.

Registrarse para el 5/13 Webinar


Friday, 5/14 Webinar at 9:30 AM

Facebook and Instagram Posts: Take Your Posts to the Next Level

Presented by Francisco Ramirez, Chimbly Consultants


You've been posting for some time, but maybe your posts don't always reach or engage your audience? Confused by how the algorithms decide whether or not to show your post? Participants of this workshop will examine Facebook and Instagram posts and compare what makes a post rise to the top and what knocks a post off news feeds. Participants will leave with tools to take their posts to the next level.

Register for the 5/14 Webinar


Wednesday, 5/19 at 3:00 PM

Accounting in Quickbooks

Presented by Trak Patel, ARCC Consulting


Learn how to keep your financial recordkeeping books using QuickBooks. We will identify the differences between QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop and list the important features and benefits.

Register for the 5/19 Webinar


Friday, 5/21 Webinar at 9:30 AM

Grants, incentives, and FREE assistance for your business

Presented by Andrew Fogaty, Executive Director 36Squared Business Incubator


Every year the City, State and Federal government spends MILLIONS of dollars to provide grants, incentives and free assistance to Chicago area companies. Was your company one of them?

Come to this FREE informative event and learn how your business can access assistance for everything from building improvement and property acquisition to export assistance and government contracting.

Register for the 5/21 Webinar


Wednesday, 5/26 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Transform Your Dream into a Real Startup

Presented by Score Chicago


Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, do you know what the start-up journey is like? Or what initial steps you need to take?

This webinar will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream. The webinar will also cover pricing, promotion, competition, and marketing to give you a competitive edge.

Register for the 5/26 Webinar


Friday, 5/28 Webinar at 9:30 AM

(workshop will be conducted in Spanish)

Cómo Encontrar y Retener Clientes Utilizando Datos Digitales

Presentado por El Centro de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas del estado de Illinois, (SBDC) de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Illinois.


Aprenda a reducir costos, aumentar la eficiencia, y tomar decisiones basadas en evidencia a través del análisis de datos. Comprender la información digital es vital para los empresarios de hoy en día sin importar el tamaño de su empresa. El análisis de información digital le ayudará a competir en un mercado más amplio y satisfacer las necesidades de sus clientes de manera precisa.

Registrarse para 5/28 Webinar


Please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions.