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.

What You Need to Know About Your Business & Taxes

Wednesday, 3/10 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Presented by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Ladder Up

This workshop will answer important tax questions for your business including: Are you required to file a tax return? Is your worker an independent contractor or an employee? What will the IRS request during an audit? Are you required to make estimated tax payments? What resources does the IRS have for small business owners?

Register for the 3/10 Webinar

Nuts and Bolts of Business Planning and Financial Readiness for Start-ups

Friday, 3/12 Webinar at 9:30 AM

Presented by Geri Aglipay, Director Midwest Region, Small Business Majority

Learn nuts and bolts for starting a sustainable small business that is also better prepared to weather economic changes. Learn business planning from a financial readiness lens.

Register for the 3/12 Webinar

Recognizing and Protecting Your Company’s Trademarks, Patents, Trade Secrets, and Copyrights

Friday, 3/19 Webinar at 9:30 AM

Presented by Patrick J. Smith, Partner, registered patent attorney at Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.

Learn the basic differences between copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets and the assets they protect. Knowing the differences will help you to take the right steps and make the right decisions to protect your company’s intellectual property assets.

Register for the 3/19 Webinar

BACP Business Education Workshop Webinar: How to Open a Concession at O'Hare and Midway International Airports

Wednesday, 3/24 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Presented by the Chicago Department of Aviation - Concessions Department and Unison Retail Management

Are you interested in operating a restaurant or retail shop at O'Hare or Midway International Airport, but don't know where to begin?

Come and learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process and how to operate a business at the airport.

This workshop also provides an overview of the O'Hare, and Midway airport current Concessions programs; the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program; and the O'Hare 21 future expansion. Lastly, we will provide you with all the resources you will need to get started.

Register for the 3/24 Webinar

Digital Marketing Basics

Wednesday, 3/31 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Presented by Score Chicago

Digital marketing allows small businesses to compete with a much smaller advertising budget. Discover the potential of digital marketing in 2021 where we work through the basics of advertising vs organic results, how to get started, which marketing platform is right for you, and a complete beginner's guide to SEO.

Topics include:

1.Digital Marketing Overview and Trends in 2021

2.Advertising Platforms and Which One is Right for You

3.Search Engine Optimization

4. Advertising vs SEO

5.What to Watch Out For

Attendees will learn how to create a structured digital marketing plan, identify the correct measures to set objectives and evaluate digital marketing as well as understand and follow the practical success factors to improve results from digital marketing.

Register for the 3/31 Webinar

Please email with any webinar questions.