News Release
City Services

May 30, 2014

Bill Post of Roti Mediterranean Grill Set to Present Free City of Chicago Workshop

City Officials to Host Food Truck and Package Goods Liquor License Workshops

David Staudacher     (312) 744-5291

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Center has partnered with Bill Post, co-founder and president of Roti Mediterranean Grill, for a special workshop geared toward restaurateurs called “Creating an Enticing and Effective Menu” on June 27 at 9:30 a.m. Lema Khorshid, partner of Fuksa Khorshid, LLC, is set to co-present the workshop with Post.

"The City of Chicago partners with subject matter experts to offer free advice and guidance to entrepreneurs,” said Roxanne Nava, Chief Small Business Officer for the City of Chicago. “The workshops are one of the many ways the City helps small businesses open and grow.”


City of Chicago officials are scheduled to present the workshops “City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers,”  “How to Obtain a Mobile Food Dispenser/Preparer License,” “Contracting 101: How to Respond to A Request for Proposal (RFP),” “Early Liquor Sales in Chicago: What You Need to Know” and “How to Become Certified/Doing Business with the City of Chicago.”  

Additionally, Charles A. Krugel, Human Resources Attorney and Counselor, will present “How to Hire an Employee,” and the U.S. Small Business Administration will present “SBA Q And A, Show Me the Money!” 

The SBC at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection hosts free business workshops every Wednesday and Friday in Room 805 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago. Workshops are conducted by city officials, BACP’s partner organizations, and experts in the industry. To register for a workshop or for more information, call (312) 744-2086 or email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org. Learn more about BACP programs and events by visiting www.cityofchicago.org/SBC.  


June 2014 Business Education Workshops

6/4     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!

6/6     How to Hire An Employee
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Charles A. Krugel, Human Resources Attorney & Counselor

This workshop will answer all of your questions in an interactive presentation focusing on issues concerning classifying employees (independent contractor versus a W-2 employee); hourly versus salaried employees; background screening and investigating job applicants; and other issues in the hiring process.

6/11     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.

6/13     SBA Q And A, Show Me the Money! 
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Learn how to finance your business with tools from the U.S. Small Business Administration. This workshop will cover capital access programs including loan guaranties, CDC 504, microlending, crowd funding, and surety programs.

6/18     Contracting 101: How to Respond to A Request for Proposal (RFP)
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)

This workshop is designed to teach business owners how to respond to a City of Chicago RFP. Learn what evaluators look for in a RFP and how to avoid common mistakes. Learn helpful tips on how to navigate RFP specifications.

6/20     Early Liquor Sales in Chicago: What You Need to Know
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

A package goods liquor license with approved early liquor sales will allow some businesses the right to sell liquor on Sundays starting at 8 a.m. Learn if your business is eligible for this privilege and how to add this new activity to your existing package goods license.

6/25     How to Become Certified
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)

This workshop will provide an overview of the five certification programs currently offered by the City of Chicago: Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Business Enterprises Owned and/or Operated by Persons with Disabilities (BEPD), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE). Receive information regarding the application process and how to avoid the most common mistakes applicants encounter when submitting their applications.

Doing Business with the City of Chicago
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

This information is designed to outline the role and responsibility of the Department of Procurement Services, and how the City’s purchasing process works. This workshop is ideal for companies looking to do business with the City of Chicago.

6/27     Creating an Enticing And Effective Menu
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Bill Post, Co-Founder & President, Roti Mediterranean Grill and Lema Khorshid, Partner, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC

Your restaurant will only be successful if you serve menu items that your consumers demand. This area of the workshop will look at recent trends in the food-service business to help you plan what type of food and beverage offerings to include on your menu. 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.