The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) offers a variety of workshops and counseling that are informative and free. The topics discussed during the workshops include start-up operations, financing, marketing, and more. Classes are taught by industry professionals, members of not for profit agencies, and city employees. Visit the Business Education Workshop Calendar to view upcoming workshops and seminars.
BACP also offers the small business solution station, a one-on-one counseling forum designed for one to obtain expert advice on common business problems including legal assistance and financial and loan assistance. The station is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., located at BACP, City Hall, Room 800. You can walk-in or make an appointment by calling (312) 744-5506.
If you have questions about how to obtain a particular type of license, you can call the City’s Business Consulting line at (312) 744-6249. A consultant from BACP will instruct and provide guidance about the license application requirements and process.
If you are looking to open a business that would require a Public Place of Amusement (PPA) and/or liquor license, Alderman Arena requests that you schedule an appointment to discuss your proposed business. Please email the ward office or call 773-286-4545 to schedule an appointment with the Alderman.