FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 24, 2012
City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
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 November calendar focuses on starting a business and working with the City of Chicago.
This month, learn basics with “The Do’s and Don’ts of Starting a Small Business,” “How to Start a Not for Profit,” “Take the Mystery Out of Finance,” and “Talk to City Inspectors, Ask Questions Get Answers.” If you want to do business with the City of Chicago, attend “How to Become Certified” and “Doing Business with the City of Chicago” and “The Job Order Contracting (JOC) Informational Seminar.” Additionally, we will be presenting “How to Obtain a Liquor and Public Place of Amusement License.” Please note that we will not have workshops on the days before and after the Thanksgiving.
To register for a workshop or for more information, email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org or call (312) 744-2086. 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. LaSalle St., Room 805. Learn more about BACP programs and events by visiting www.cityofchicago.org/bacp.
November 2012 Business Workshop Calendar
11/2 How to Obtain a Liquor and Public Place of Amusement (PPA) License
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
Are you interested in providing entertainment or serving liquor in your restaurant, bar or theater? Come and learn about the City’s licensing requirements and policies when it comes to liquor licensing, live entertainment, having a DJ, or charging admission at the door.
11/7 *Talk to City Inspectors, Ask Questions Get Answers
3 – 4:30 p.m.
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.
11/9 Take the Mystery Out of Finance
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Presented by Eva Brown, Director of Access to Capital Program, Women’s Business Development Center
Do you need financing to start or grow your business? Learn what financing options are available to you and how to position your business to attract the capital you need.
11/14 The Job Order Contracting (JOC) Informational Seminar
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
This workshop provides a summary of the City’s JOC Program, benefits of JOC for the prime contractor and subcontractors, how to bid a JOC as a prime contractor, and subcontracting opportunities with JOC. This session is ideal for construction and construction related business owners, small businesses, minority and women owned businesses (M/WBEs).
11/16 How to Start a Not for Profit
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Presented by The Law Project
Interested in starting a not-for-profit? Want to learn about creating a charity? At this workshop attendees will gain in-depth knowledge about the legal requirements and various filings for creating a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt organization.
11/21 No Workshop Due to Holiday
11/23 No Workshop Due to Holiday
11/28 *How to Become Certified
2 – 3 p.m.
Doing Business with the City of Chicago
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
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.
11/30 The Do’s and Don’ts of Starting a Small Business
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Steve Bob, Manager of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at JVS Chicago’s Duman Entrepreneurship Center
This workshop will acquaint you with the basic procedures for opening a business in Illinois. Topics covered include legal issues, regulations, licensing, taxes, and requirements of organizing and operating a small business.
* Workshops offered once a month.