Chicago Small Business Week

Chicago Small Business Week is a call for support of our local small businesses, as well as an invitation for entrepreneurs to start their own business.

In alignment with Crain’s Chicago Business, and the Small Business Administration, Small Business Week, April 30th through May 4th is designated as Chicago Small Business Week 2018 - ChiBIz Blooms! Please join us in celebrating each of the following days:

 ChiBiz Blooms 2018 Logo


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2018  APRIL 30 MAY 1 MAY 2 MAY 3 MAY 4
INDUSTRY Food Establishments General Retail Stores Home Improvement Bars & Breweries Emerging Businesses
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Support the members of your local Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC), and

Be sure to check out our Consumer Protection page, including our Know Before You... guides; some are listed below:

  • Make sure the establishment has a current license in our Data Portal

Begin your licensing inquiry at the BACP Small Business Center (SBC) Home Page, and

Get to know all of your Neighborhood Business Resources.


Check out our Running Your Business page for resources you can use, and

Download each infographic below for your social media promotion of the day:    

   ChiBiz Blooms Infographic - Monday

ChiBiz Blooms Infographic - Tuesday

ChiBiz Blooms Infographic - Wednesday

ChiBiz Blooms Infographic - Thursday

ChiBiz Blooms Infographic - Friday


City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers

  • Wednesday, May 2, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805 (map)
  • Presented by the City of Chicago
  • Description: 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 on how to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a business.
  • To register please email or call 312.744.2086.

Resources to Start, Run and Grow Your Business

  • Friday, May 4, 9:30am – 11:00am
  • City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103 (map)
  • Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
  • Description: Whether you're a startup, established, or about to expand your business, find out what resources are available to business owners. In this workshop, entrepreneurs will learn what small business resources are being offered by the City of Chicago, chambers of commerce, delegate agencies, and other community partners.
  • To register please email or call312.744.2086.


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