News Release
City Services

August 21, 2012

BACP September Workshops Focus On New License And Social Media For Businesses

312.744.2086

For Immediate Release

Attachment: September 2012 Business Education Workshop Calendar

 

The City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) continues to offer FREE Business Education Workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall.   The September calendar will focus on social media for business as well as how to obtain the City’s new Mobile Food Dispenser/Preparer License.    

This month, attend workshops on topics that focus on how to market your business through social media with “Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media for Today’s Entrepreneur” and “Social Media for Business.”  Learn business basics with “Contracting 101” and “How to Open a Concession at O’Hare or Midway Airports” and “Talk to City Inspectors, Ask Questions Get Answers.”   You also do not want to miss the workshop outlining the operational, vehicle and application requirements of the City’s new Mobile Food Dispenser/Preparer License in “How to Obtain a Mobile Food dispenser/Preparer License.”  Lastly, find out information on “How to Become Certified/Doing Business With the City of Chicago” and “Local Chambers of Commerce and SSA’S: How They Can Help Your Business.”   

To register for a workshop or for more information, call 312-744-2086 or email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org. Workshops are conducted by city officials, BACP’s partner organizations and experts in the industry. Workshops are located at the BACP City Hall Office, 121 N. La Salle Street, Room 805.

You can learn more about BACP programs and events by visiting www.cityofchicago.org/bacp.

 

September 2012 Business Workshop Calendar

9/5    *Talk to City Inspectors, Ask Questions, Get Answers         

                3:00 - 4:30 pm

                Presented by the City of Chicago

To operate a successful business in Chicago you must know the requirements.  Talk to inspectors 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.

 

9/7       How to Obtain a Mobile Food Dispenser/Preparer License

                9:30 to 11:00 am

Presented by City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protections (BACP)

Are you interested in operating a food truck in the City of Chicago?  Then come and learn about 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 the application, mobile food vehicle, and operational requirements.

 

9/12    Contracting 101: How to Respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP)

                2:00 - 4:00 pm

                Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)

This class is designed to teach business owners how to respond to a City of Chicago Request For Proposal (RFP). Learn what evaluators look for in an RFP and how to avoid common mistakes. Learn helpful tips on how to navigate RFP specifications.

 

9/14    Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media for Today's Entrepreneur

                9:30 - 11:00 am

Presented by the Chatham Business Association

Are you trying to grow your business?  Develop a strong business marketing strategy and communication plan by understanding the differences between marketing, advertising, and public relations.  This workshop also offers basic information on how to market your business through social media.  Learn how Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube can be used to your advantage.

 

9/19    How to Open a Concession at O'Hare or Midway Airport

3:00 - 4:30 pm

                Presented by the Chicago Department of Aviation

Have you ever wondered how you can operate a business or a concession at the Chicago airports?  Come and learn about concessions opportunities and the process to open a business.

 

9/21     Social Media for Business

                9:30 – 11:00 am

                Presented by SCORE

Lean how social media works to create an online presence.  This workshop will cover the foundation of social media:  a clear picture about social media, an understanding of the benefits, practical skills to use immediately, knowledge of Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and YouTube. Understanding why social media is critical to your success now and years to come.

 

9/26    *How to Become Certified

                2:00 to 3:00 pm

                Doing Business with the City of Chicago

                3:15 to 4:30 pm

                Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)

Are you interested in doing business with or being a certified vendor with the City of Chicago? You don’t want to miss this workshop. Come learn about the different types of procurement opportunities as well as the City’s contract monitoring and compliance standards.

 

9/28    Local Chambers of Commerce and SSA’s:  How they can help your business.

                9:30 - 11:00 am

Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development (DHED)

Find out about programs and services available to businesses located in a Special Service Area (SSA) district.  An overview will be provided about how funds are collected, their purpose and the results from this additional tax. 

 

 

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