• Scott Waguespack

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.

Wednesday, 4/7 Webinar at 3:00 PM

City Inspections - Ask Questions, Get Answers

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.

Register for the 4/7 Webinar


Friday, 4/9 Webinar at 9:30 AM

Better Business Opportunities

Presented by Chase for Business


Powerful networks mean more business opportunities. In today's business world, leaders prefer to become intermingled in important transactions with people they trust. Relationships establish and fortify that trust. That's why serious serial entrepreneurs, influencers, deal makers, and multiple project players choose to seek out exclusive business networking opportunities.

Please join us to learn more about how to align yourself with powerful networks!

Register for the 4/9 Webinar

Wednesday, 4/14 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Obtaining a Liquor License in the City of Chicago

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

This webinar will provide a general overview of the liquor licensing process in the City of Chicago. We will discuss the different types of liquor licenses, an overview of the application process, and items to consider before submitting an application.

Register for the 4/14 Webinar

Friday, 4/16 Webinar at 9:30 AM

How to Write a Business Plan. What you need to know!

Presented by Donna R. Rockin, Managing Partner at Rockin Enterprises, Inc.


Learn how to create a comprehensive business plan. It's easier than you think when you understand all the components that get included. You'll receive a complete list of what to include to demystify the process. Writing a solid business plan is your roadmap to business success.

Register for the 4/16 Webinar

Wednesday, 4/21 Webinar at 3:00 PM

SBA update: Recovery Programs for Entrepreneurs

Presented by the Small Business Administration (SBA) Illinois District Office

Join presenters from the U.S. Small Business Administration for an overview of small business relief programs and learn how you can access immediate relief for your entrepreneurial needs. The presenters will discuss the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, and other relief options for small businesses. Bring your questions! There will be time for Q&A.

Register for the 4/21 Webinar

Friday, 4/23 Webinar at 9:30 AM

To Thine Own Self Be True; Discovering the Value in Your Personal Brand

Presented by Nina Abnee, Professional Lecture and Advertising Professional in Residence at DePaul University; a certified Leadership Coach; and former advertising executive


Nina Abnee is a Professional Lecture and Advertising Professional in Residence at DePaul University; a certified Leadership Coach; and former advertising executive. She has combined her expertise in crafting brand strategies with her training as a professional coach to help people discover their own authentic brand and create momentum for their lives and businesses.

Register for the 4/23 Webinar


Wednesday, 4/28 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Know Your Rights


The Office of Labor Standards presents overview of worker rights and employer responsibilities during COVID-19 under Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave, Anti-Retaliation Ordinances.

Register for the 4/28 Webinar


Friday, 4/30 Webinar at 9:30 AM

Legal Framework for Small Businesses

Presented by: Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC


The legal component of a business sets the foundation and structure for a sustainable business. A business climate is everchanging, but valuable legal tips are a resource. Learn the top 10 legal tips for small business success through an interactive webinar. The Q&A set up will provide useful and practical tips on legal essentials such as incorporation, contracts, and more.

Register for the 4/30 Webinar


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