March 2015 Workshop Calendar

City of Chicago Feb 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

3/4 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!

3/6 Credit and You: The Basics Of Credit And The Important Role It Plays In Your Life
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Eileen Kelly and Pat Gentzen from The Private Bank
What is credit? Why is credit important? What is a credit score? Attend this great workshop and you will get the answers to these questions and many more including the implications of good and bad credit scores and ways to build and repair your credit history. You will also learn about SMART Banking, business checking options, and how your credit can affect your business.

3/11 What You Need To Know About Business Insurance
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Sandra Cavoto, Farmers Insurance
Starting a new business can be difficult, and being covered by insurance when the unexpected happens is essential to being successful. There is enough to worry about with running a business, and it is the insurance company’s responsibility to worry about your liability, losses, worker’s compensation, and more. This workshop is designed to show you the in’s and out’s of commercial insurance, and everything included to help you understand what you need for your specific business.

3/13 Marketing Automation Simplified
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by ActiveCampaign
Marketing automation refers to technologies designed to more effectively market on multiple channels online (email, social media, websites). It is becoming more and more of a buzz word, but how does it play into your business? This session will focus on some of the features commonly provided within marketing automation tools and how they can be used to help your business grow. There will also be tips and tricks for getting started and simplifying the overall process as you learn the in’s and outs of when to automate and how to do it best.

3/18 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.

3/20 Creating an Enticing and Effective Menu
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Nick Sarillo and Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC
Your restaurant will only be successful if you serve menu items that your consumers demand. This workshop will look at recent trends in the food-service business to help you find and create “unforgettable” menu items. We will also discuss cost-effective pricing and management strategies that will help to ensure you make a profit. Finally, we will review liquor licenses and discuss the benefits and obligations of serving alcohol in your restaurant.

3/25 Your Small Business Tool kit for Growth and Development
3:00 to 4:30 p.m
Presented by Melinda Kelly and Chatham Business Association
Learn the essential tools needed to grow your small business. This workshop includes tips on access to capital, certifications, technology and marketing tools, and platforms for communication and networking.

3/27 Tax Issues for Self-Employed Individuals & Businesses
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Eric Sternberg of the Center for Economic Progress & Yolanda Ruiz of the Internal Revenue Service
This workshop will give an introductory understanding of common tax issues that self-employed individuals often encounter. Participants will learn when they must file a tax return, how to identify worker classification, how to prepare for an IRS audit, how to make quarterly estimated payments, and how to navigate the IRS website. Participants will benefit from the perspectives of both the individual taxpayer and the Internal Revenue Service.