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City of Chicago Jan 13, 2016 No Comments


The PrivateBank Offers New Incentive For Entrepreneurs

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Center (SBC) has partnered with The PrivateBank to make entrepreneurs who complete the city’s Business Start-Up Certificate Program eligible to apply for low-interest and no-fee loans through the bank’s Entrepreneurial Loan Program. The city’s free certificate program is designed to educate business owners and entrepreneurs on the essential elements of opening and growing a business.
Business Start-Up Certificate Program participants must complete a curriculum of business education workshops, which consists of nine workshops that must be completed within six months of attending their first workshop. The first session will run from January 2016 through June 2016 and the second session is from July 2016 through December 2016.

Program participants who complete the curriculum will now qualify to apply for The PrivateBank Entrepreneurial Loan. This low-interest, no-fee loan can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000 for new businesses and $25,000 for businesses with one-year of filed tax returns. All financing decisions are made by the bank.

The SBC hosts free workshops every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning in Room 805 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago.  All workshops hosted by the SBC are free and open to the public.

To register for a workshop or for more information, call 312.744.2086 or email



DPS 2016 Construction Summit

Save the date!  The 2016 Construction Summit will be Thursday, February 4th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois. There will be  great contract opportunities for Primes, Subcontractors, and Construction Related Business Owners. Come out and receive details for upcoming construction projects & job order contracts.



BRIDGES to SUCCESS – Business Development Expo

The U.S. Small Business Administration, the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and
Consumer Protection, and SCORE Chicago cordially invite you to attend the Bridges to
Success – Business Development Expo:

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Chicago Cultural Center
7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

This event provides small businesses with a forum to access procurement opportunities at the city, county, state, and federal levels and understand how to navigate the process. In addition, participants have the opportunity to participate in group matchmaking sessions with procurement staff to take a deeper dive into procurement opportunities and processes.



Opening Your Own Venue: How to Navigate City Licensing Workshop

Dylan Rice, Director of Creative Industries-Music, Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE) gives a primer on what City licensing processes are required to open a venue and provides helpful resources and tips that will save you time and money along the way. Referencing the City’s new Venue Licensing Toolkit, this presentation walks you through the application processes for the City’s Public Place of Amusement (PPA) license and Performing Arts Venue (PAV) license. Scheduled workshops dates are:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor Garland Room
78 E. Washington St., Chicago

  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 12pm-1pm
    The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
    121 N. LaSalle Street, 8th Floor, Room 805

No RSVP or reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.



2016 City Inspection Workshop Dates Announced

BACP will continue to offer the “City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers” workshop in 2016.  The workshop will be offered the first Wednesday of every month at BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street. 8th Floor Room 805.  This workshop provides information on what you must know to maintain compliance.  Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlights the do’s and don’ts of operating a healthy business.  Go to the 2016 Inspection Workshop flyer for scheduled dates.