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Business Workshops & Technical Assistance

Our workshops focus on topics relevant to operating a business in today’s challenging environment, such as business plan writing; business credit and financing; effective online and print marketing strategies; developing a social media strategy; accounting software; developing a website; financial and tax reporting; online banking; e-commerce; and City of Chicago permits, licensing and zoning.

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. Workshops are held at BACP's offices located at 121 N. LaSalle St., City Hall Room 805, Chicago, IL  60602

Both the SSA and CSS services include business technical assistance that help launch new businesses and supports the growth of existing businesses. Our business technical assistance includes:

Business assessment
Our skilled professional team will work with you to explore business potential, assess market dynamics, review and analyze your business plan concepts.

Connecting business owners with properties/space
Whether opening a new business or simply moving your business to a new location, our database of area buildings for sale and lease helps you select a site that suits your needs.

Consulting and strategy development
Take advantage of our experience with the local business market and global market trends through customized support with developing cost-effective online and print media marketing; and identifying needs and accessing flexible financing and grants.

Resources and Referral
Utilize our resources and connections to: