December 2016 Workshop Calendar

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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.

12/2     Learn About The Shared Housing Ordinance
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Attendees will learn about the Shared Housing Ordinance, the Prohibited Buildings List, licensing and registration requirements, and guidelines for people who want to be a shared housing host.

12/7     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 need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a business.

12/9     Hashtagging; What’s a #Hashtag Anyway?
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Business Bragger
Hashtags are a great way to find and communicate with your target audience, if you are using them correctly. In this interactive workshop learn how to find the right hashtags for your business and the etiquette on each platform for effectively using hashtags to expand your brand, engage in the right conversations and track the virality of your social media campaign. Come learn how many to use and when to use them as you create compelling messages that build a strong community for your company.

12/14     Get ready for INCOME TAX SEASON!
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Tax preparation businesses are required to obtain a license from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and to provide specific disclosures to consumers. Learn what your rights are as consumers using the services of a tax prep provider and how to protect yourself from fraud. The workshop will focus on businesses that seek to obtain a license to provide these services, and how businesses can comply with the law.

12/16     Small Business Resources to Help Your Business Succeed
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Presented by The Small Business Administration (SBA)
Come learn about programs, services, and partners to help you start and grow your business. Working with SBA resource partners in Illinois, can help you start, grow and achieve business success.

12/21     

Business Licensing 101

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Attendees will learn the 3 steps to obtain a business license, and free business resources to start or expand their business.
12/23 NO WORKSHOP DUE TO HOLIDAY

12/28 NO WORKSHOP DUE TO HOLIDAY

12/30 NO WORKSHOP DUE TO HOLIDAY

Happy New Year!  The Small Business Center will continue to offer free business workshops in the New Year with many new and existing topics.

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.

New Incentive For Businesses That Complete Start-Up Certificate Program

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.

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.

For more information go business workshops email BACPoutreach@CityofChicago.org or call 312.744.2086.

Michael