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City of Chicago offers free business workshops in October

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The City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) hosts free business workshops every Wednesday and Friday.
The workshops are located at the BACP City Hall Office, 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 805.
To register for a workshop or for more information, call (312) 744-2086 or email
You can learn more about BACP programs and events by visiting

Upcoming October workshops are:

Oct. 19 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.: Tax Rules for the Self-Employed and Small Business Owners
Presented by Ala Goryunov, Economic Progress
This workshop will cover information you need to operate your business. Learn about when you must file a tax a return and make estimated tax payments, what constitutes a taxable income, what business expenses you can deduct, and how good recordkeeping can help you save money.

Oct. 24 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Keys to Email Marketing -- Are You Interested in Learning How Email Marketing Can Help Your Business Grow?
Presented by Tom Casale, Constant Contact
Learn how you can create and deliver highly branded, professional looking marketing materials designed to engage your customers and prospects. Email marketing is an effective, affordable and easy way to enhance your organization or business image and build relationships that lead to increased profits and revenues.

Topics include:
• Best practices in email marketing
• What is permission based email marketing?
• List building
• Tracking results

Oct. 26 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.: Legal Aspects of Starting a Business/How to Choose the Correct Corporate Entity
Presented by The Law Project, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Have you ever wondered how transactional legal assistance can empower nonprofits and small businesses, also strengthen and develop their communities? The Law Project specifically provides assistance for non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exemption applications and small businesses. Topics cover: corporate structure, intellectual property matters (such as obtaining copyrights and/or trademarks), real estate transactions, personnel/ employment issues, and contractual matters.

Oct. 31: How to Become Certified from 2 to 3 p.m.
Doing Business with the City of Chicago from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)
Are you interested in doing business with or being a certified vendor with the City of Chicago? Come learn about the different types of procurement opportunities as well as the city's contract monitoring and compliance standards.