African-American Small Business Expo
Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)
The City of Chicago has partnered with local chambers of commerce to invite small business owners and entrepreneurs to its first free African-American Small Business Expo with special keynote speaker Desiree Rogers.
The expo will have more than 40 exhibitors offering information and offering resources on:
- How to finance a small business
- How to start the licensing process
- How to understand and comply with tax laws and other legal requirements
- Business planning and counseling
- Where to connect with chambers of commerce
- Networking opportunities
- And much, much more!
The expo will include a workshop, a panel discussion and a free on-site tax clinic.
Panel Discussion: Microlending: A Great Tool for Business Growth and Development
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: Start with entrepreneur, add microlending and technology, sprinkle marketing, leverage your W/MBE/DBE etc. certification and let Simmer.
Panelists: Commissioner Jamie Rhee of City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services, Melinda Kelly of Chatham Business Association, Teyonda Wertz of South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Gus Issacson of Central Lakeview Chamber, and Adrian Soto of Eighteen Street Development Corp. Moderated by Abraham David Lacy of Far South CDC.
Workshop: Making Lemonade Out of the Lemons of Life
Presented by Norma J. Williams, Founder, and Chief Alignment Officer, of NJW Consulting Service
Norma Williams will describe how she laid the foundation for her business more than 28 years ago while standing in an unemployment line. During this workshop she will also share the steps she took to evaluate the marketplace, find strategic partners and attract and retain clients that range from Fortune 500 to key federal agencies, and, how she parlayed opportunities previously unthinkable to her into a multi-million dollar business by stepping out on faith and how you too can do the same.
Free On-Site Tax Clinic
Presented by the Center for Economic Progress. Space is limited to 21 consultations. Call 312.744.5504 to schedule a time.
Western Union - Corporate Sponsor
City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
51st Street Business Association
Better Business Bureau
Bronzeville Chamber of Commerce
Center for Economic Progress
Chatham Business Association
Chicago Commission on Human Relations
Chicago Department of Buildings
Chicago Department of Planning and Development
Chicago Department of Procurement Services
Chicago Department of Public Health
Chicago Urban League
CMS/Business Enterprise Program
Cook County Procurement
Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce
Far South Community Development Corporation
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative
Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation
Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation
Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce
Healthy Chicago Small Business Initiative
Illinois Attorney General
Illinois Department of Transportation
Illinois Secretary of State - Business Service Division
Illinois State Treasurer's Office
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
IRS (Internal Revenue Service)
The Law Project
The Monroe Foundation
Quad Communities Development Corporation
Renaissance Collaborative Inc.
SomerCor 504/City of Chicago Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF)
South Chicago Chamber of Commerce
South East Chicago Commission
South Shore Chamber, Inc.
U.S. Department of Labor - EBSA
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
U.S. Small Business Administration Procurement
Women's Business Development Center
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
When & Where
City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) ensures a fair and vibrant market place for both businesses and consumers. BACP licenses businesses and public vehicles, provides business education and access to resources, enforces the Municipal Code, and protects consumers from fraud.
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 in Room 805 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.