April Workshop Calendar

City of Chicago Mar 20, 2015 No Comments

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.

4/1     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 the requirements. Talk to officials from four City departments who 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. Don’t miss this workshop!

4/3     Business Evaluation and Benchmarking Tools
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by the Small Business Administration (SBA)
At this workshop attendees will learn about resources to help small business compete, plan and execute small business success. The workshop will also provide attendees a number of tools and resources to help them improve upon their business operations.

4/8     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)
Are you interested in operating a food truck in the City of Chicago? Then come and learn how you may obtain a Mobile Food Dispenser (MFD) or Mobile Food Preparer (MFP) business license. We will be discussing 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.

4/10    Securing Adequate Restaurant Financing
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Peter Kim, US Bank and Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC
Finding enough financing for a new restaurant can be a major hurdle. In this workshop, we will first discuss how to estimate your start-up costs by looking at expenses like potential renovations, employee wages, marketing capital, and commercial kitchen equipment. We will then explore different sources of financing, such as personal resources, private investors, and small business loans. You will also learn about the basic loan application process, including what details to add into your business plan and how to prepare for your bank interview.

4/15     Do You Need An Employee Handbook or Written Policies?
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment & Human Resources Attorney
How do you decide which policies to use? What format should they be in? When or how do I make changes?  And who should create this?  Attend this great workshop and get all these questions answered and much more.

4/17     How to Open a Concession at O’Hare or Midway Airport 
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Chicago Department of Aviation – Concessions Department
Are you interested in operating a restaurant or shop at O’Hare or Midway International Airports, but don’t know where to begin? Come and learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process, how to operate a business at the airports, and a summary of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program.

4/22     Business Licensing 101
3:00 to 4:30 p.m
Presented by The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Learn the basics of obtaining a business license in the City of Chicago.  We will discuss what our Small Business Assistance Center can do for you, the 3 simple steps to obtain a business license, and the resources that are available for you and your business. Let us help you get your business started!

4/24     Accounting in the Cloud: QuickBooks Online
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented byMaribel Del Real, CPA, MSA Del Real Tax Group, Inc., Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor
Learn how to keep your books in the cloud using QuickBooks Online. We will identify advantages of QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop and list the important online features and benefits. Attendees will learn how to navigate the user interface, and about the sales and expense processes in QuickBooks Online.

4/29     How to Write a Business Plan
3:00 to 4:30 p.m
Presented by Donna R. Rockin, Executive Director, Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center at IIT
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.


Money Smart Week is April  18-25, and the Wednesday, April 22nd and Friday, April 24th workshops are a part of this public awareness campaign.  Additional events can be found at www.moneysmartweek.org

Click here to view full monthly calendar. All workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection – City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805