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Upcoming City of Chicago Business Education Webinars

 

Upcoming BACP Business Education Webinars


Tuesday, March 16 at 12:00 p.m.
Chicago Business Center Program Special Webinar:
Defining Business Needs 
Presented by Tishman Speyer
This webinar will present how to develop a business plan for a healthy and sustainable business.
Register by visiting www.chicago.gov/businesseducation

Wednesday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. Webinar:
Understanding the 5C’s of credit from a Lender’s perspective
Presented by the CIBC Bank
Whether you’re a business owner or thinking about starting your business; you will learn what you need to know about bank financing products during this discussion. We will talk about credit, capacity, collateral, character, capitalization and loans, lines of credit and other available resources that can help you on your entrepreneurial journey.
Register by visiting www.chicago.gov/businesseducation

Thursday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m. Chicago Business Center Program Special Webinar:
LinkedIn 101
Presented by LinkedIn 
This webinar will present how to use the basic tools of LinkedIn to improve your business.
Register by visiting www.chicago.gov/businesseducation

Thursday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m. Special Webinar:
The 2021 Expanded Outdoor Dining Program
Last year, the City of Chicago established the Expanded Outdoor Dining Program as an emergency support measure to allow bars and restaurants to operate outdoors safely in the public way or private property. All bars and restaurants interested in participating in 2021 should join this webinar to learn how to apply for a new Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit or extend their current permit.
Register by visiting www.chicago.gov/businesseducation

Friday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. Webinar:
Recognizing and Protecting Your Company’s Trademarks, Patents, Trade Secrets, and Copyrights
Presented by Patrick J. Smith, Partner, registered patent attorney at Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.
Learn the basic differences between copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets and the assets they protect. Knowing the differences will help you to take the right steps and make the right decisions to protect your company’s intellectual property assets.
Register by visiting www.chicago.gov/businesseducation
Business Education Resources:
Reminders and Resources:
Winter Outdoor Dining Guidance
Chicago is committed to ensuring that bars and restaurants can operate outdoors safely and successfully during the fall and winter months. Please visit chicago.gov/winterdining for up-to-date guidance for safe outdoor service.

Chicago Reopening Guidelines
The City of Chicago has developed industry-specific guidelines for safely operating within Phase IV: Gradually Resume. These guidelines are part of the city’s Be Safe Chicago framework that will be used to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. Please review the guidelines to keep your business in compliance.

Tips to Protect Chicago's Businesses
The City of Chicago is working diligently to ensure that our business community is prepared for the potential for events, large demonstrations, protest activity and civil unrest. You can view the proactive steps businesses can take to stay protected which include signing up for ChiBiz Emergency Alertsjoining Chicago's Public Private Partnership Initiativeand staying alert.

Neighborhood Business Development Centers
Chicago-based chambers of commerce and business support organizations, often referred to as Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC), assist in the development of small businesses in Chicago, serve as liaison between local businesses and the City of Chicago, and provide neighborhood business development services. They have have a strong neighborhood network and coordinate efforts with local aldermen, the City, and other community partners. They can help start-up entrepreneurs and existing business owners. Find your local NBDC by visiting chicago.gov/NBDC. 

Extension of Business Relief
As a reminder, last month the Chicago City Council passed a law to extend critical regulatory relief into 2021. The following measures are now in place:
  • Extension of License Expiration Dates: All licenses that expire between March 15, 2020 and June 15, 2021 will be considered active until July 15, 2021 and those businesses can operate during that time without renewing their license or paying a fee.
  • Extension of Sidewalk Café Permit Expiration Date and Extension of Reforms: All current Sidewalk Café Permits will be considered active through May 31, 2021 and businesses with a Sidewalk Café Permit can operate their current Sidewalk Cafes until that date without renewing. Additionally, all Sidewalk Café Permits issued for the 2021 season will benefit from the temporary reforms implemented in 2020: permit fee reduction of 75%, the ability to extend in front of neighboring property and an expedited permit issuance process.
  • Extension of Expanded Outdoor Dining Program: The Expanded Outdoor Dining Program, through which bars and restaurants can operate outside on private property or closed streets, has been extended to last through the end of 2021.

    Business Education Resources:
  • To view upcoming webinars, visit www.chicago.gov/businesseducation
  • To view past webinars, visit www.YouTube.com/ChicagoBACP
2020 Taxicab Driver Excellence Award
BACP has launched the nomination period for the 2020 Taxicab Driver Excellence Award. The award focuses on taxicab drivers who serve our community of people with disabilities, drive wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) taxicabs, and provide exemplary customer service to passengers. The winners will receive a free Chicago taxicab medallion. The nomination form may be completed electronically or printed to complete. Nominations will be accepted through April 16, 2021.

Attention taxicab, ride-hail, and livery drivers-
The City of Chicago wants to learn about your experience operating a taxi, TNP, or livery vehicle! Your feedback could help shape the future of the industry. Complete the survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChicagoBACP
The City of Chicago has developed industry-specific guidelines for safely operating within Phase IV: Gradually Resume. These guidelines are part of the city’s Be Safe Chicago framework that will be used to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. Please review the guidelines to keep your business in compliance.

Tips to Protect Chicago's Businesses
The City of Chicago is working diligently to ensure that our business community is prepared for the potential for events, large demonstrations, protest activity and civil unrest. You can view the proactive steps businesses can take to stay protected which include signing up for ChiBiz Emergency Alertsjoining Chicago's Public Private Partnership Initiativeand staying alert.

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