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2019 Small Business Monthly Workshop Calendar

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5/1 City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers  
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805
Presented by the City of Chicago
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.

5/3 SBA Financial Assistance; What You Need, When You Need It
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103 
Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
If you need access to capital to help you achieve your business goals, the SBA offers a variety of funding programs for all kinds of small business ventures. What kind of funding is right for you?

**5/8 Resources to Start, Run and Grow Your Business
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Whether you're a startup, established or about to expand your business, find out what resources are available to entrepreneurs. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of the resources that are essential to launching or growing a business in Chicago, which include access to capital, supportive services and grants programs. Additionally, we will discuss small business resources that are offered by the City of Chicago, Chambers of Commerce and Business Service Organizations.

**5/10 Resources for Creative Entrepreneurs
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) 
The City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will share tips and resources to assist the creative entrepreneur with launching their business. Presented by Kenya Merritt, City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) & Frayne Lewis of the City's Music Office.

5/15  How to Write a Business Plan - What you need to know!
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805                  
Presented by Donna R. Rockin, Managing Partner of Rockin Enterprises, Inc.
Learn how to create a comprehensive business plan. It's easier than you think when you understand all the components that get included. You'll receive a complete list of what to include to demystify the process. Writing a solid business plan is your roadmap to business success.

5/17 Meeting Your Cyber Security Challenges in 5 Steps
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Cyber crime targeting businesses is on- going and continues to be a major concern. Learn how five steps can build awareness and an action plan to deter cyber criminals and help avoid the problems that could destroy a business. This presentation uses the latest information about hackers and data breaches to educate businesses how to protect themselves. Better Business Bureau teamed with National Cyber Security Alliance and National Institute for Science & Technology, along with local cyber security experts to create a scale-able program that any size company can use to create an individualized cyber security program. 

5/22 How to Open a Concession at O’Hare or Midway Airport
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St – 8th Floor, Room 805 
Presented by the Chicago Department of Aviation – Concessions Department
Are you interested in operating a restaurant or shop at O'Hare or Midway International Airport, but don't know where to begin? Come and learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process, how to operate a business at the airport, and a summary of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program.

5/24 Nuts and Bolts of Creating a Charitable Organization
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by the Community Law Project
Attend this workshop to learn about the legal steps to becoming a charitable organization, the differences between a for profit and a nonprofit and provide an overview of the legal process of creating a not for profit corporation, developing a board of directors, explain bylaws, and obtaining recognition of 501c3 income tax exemption for the organization.

5/29 Accounting Best Practices
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St – 8th Floor, Room 805 
Presented by Michelle Ringold, Ringold Financial Management Services, Inc.
At the end of this training, participants should have a better understanding of the importance of accurate financials, requirements, and best industry practices including obtaining financing. The main topics will be as follows: Role of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accounting System Basics, Financial Statement Overview, Budgeting/Financial Projections, Securing Banking/Bonding/Proper Insurance and Understanding What it Takes to be Successful. 

5/31 Intro to Marketing
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
Do you want to better market your business, but don’t know where to begin? Come to this workshop to create your marketing strategy, and learn tips and techniques on how to best use digital marketing tools (your website and social media) to further your brand. We will share free marketing resources and will end the class with an “ask the expert” panel from local marketing experts.

To register please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org or call 312.744.2086.

**Crain’s Small Business Week is May 6- May 10, and the Wednesday, May 8nd and Friday, May 10th workshops are part of this campaign. Additional events can be found here.

All workshops are free and are located in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago. To register for a workshop e-mail BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org or call 312.744.2086.
 
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The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business education workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall.
To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086 or e-mail BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org