Free Business Workshops


The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing

11/4     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 what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a healthy business.

11/6     How Social Media Works For Your Business

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Community Media Workshop at Columbia College Chicago

There are a billion reasons to be on social media, which allows you to speak directly to your audience. Susy Schultz, President of the Community Media Workshop, will give an overview of social media’s part in your communication strategy. She’ll also discuss two of the more popular platforms, Twitter and Facebook, in detail.


11/13     How to Use Blogging to Build Your Business

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Smart at the Start

Blogging is one of the best ways to build authority and traffic on the Internet. As the Internet continues to grow, consumers have an insatiable need for content. The company blog has become one of the most reliable forms of providing that information. The biggest challenge most small business owner’s face is not whether they need a blog, but how to build a blog that brings in business.

11/18     Instagram 101: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by Laura Sanchez, CEO of SWATware LLC

Discover how Small Businesses are using Instagram to tell their story, connect with new prospects, and network to create meaningful relationships. Learn multiple tips and tricks to use on Instagram to create brand recognition, boost your online presence as well as your revenue.

11/20      Steering Through the Social Media Landscape

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC

Given the rapid rise of social media in our culture, business owners are often at a loss about what social media uses they can and can’t restrict as well as how their employees’ use of social media may affect their image and their bottom line. The workshop imparts business owners with best practices regarding their employees’ use of social media and how to limit their liability online, while maintaining a positive image for their business.

11/25     No Workshop Due To Thanksgiving Holiday

11/27    No Workshop Due To Thanksgiving Holiday