Wright College

4300 N Narragansett Ave

United States

Small Business Center on the Road
City of Chicago Small Business Center

The next Small Business Center on the Road Small Business Expo will be on Saturday, November 14th at Wright College.
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and the Small Business Center invites small business owners and entrepreneurs to its FREE Small Business Center on the Road business expo with exhibitors offering resources.

7 Reasons to Attend:

    More than 40 Exhibitors
    Center for Economic Progress hosts Tax Clinic

    Three Free Workshops for Entrepreneurs

    City of Chicago Business Consultants at the ready to support your licensing needs and answer questions

    Photographer to take professional headshots

    The Law Project hosts Legal Clinic

    Ulta Cosmetics doing professional makeovers

    City Treasurer hosts Networking Hour

Co – Keynote Speakers:
Tim has turned Walter E. Smithe Furniture into one of the most admired companies in Chicago. The company has blossomed from under $1,000,000 in sales in 1984 to more than $100,000,000.  A champion of the Smithe brand, he has shepherded the Walter E. Smithe marketing department to take the Smithe name from relative obscurity to a househeld name.
For more than two decades, Kathleen Henson has enjoyed a diverse career in public relations and communications.  She owns PR firm Henson Consulting and is a former agency Senior Vice President at Edelman. She was also named the 2014 PR Professional of the Year in Chicago by the Public Relations Society of America.

Confirmed Exhibitors:

City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Western Union
City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)
City of Chicago Department of Public Health
City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
City of Chicago Department of Buildings
The Law Project
Somer Cor
Center for Economic Progress
Illinois Department of Transportation
Illinois Tollway Diversity Strategic Development
US Small Business Administration
Office of the City Treasurer
Chicago Urban League
Accion Chicago
Better Business Bureau
Chicago Commission on Human Relations
Illinois Office of the Comptroller
Kiva Zip
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
CMS/Business Enterprise Program
Illinois Secretary of State – Business Service Division
VEDC Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund
Women’s Business Development Center
Victoria Corporate and Legal Services
Internal Revenue Service
National Latino Education Fund
Illinois State Treasurer
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Latin American Chamber of Commerce
People’s Gas Natural Gas Savings Program
Illinois Workers Compensation
US Department of Labor
Edgewater Development Corporation
Pulaski Elston Business Association
Chicago Public Library
Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Office


3 workshops being offered from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


How to Start A Business in Chicago
Presented by Illinois SBDC at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Learn the steps you should follow to start a business in Chicago. Some of the topics are; choosing a business entity, applying for a business license, drafting a business plan, registering with the appropriate taxing authorities, selecting and reserving a business name.

Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Presented by The City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)
This workshop is designed to provide vendors information about how to do business with the City of Chicago, how to find upcoming contracting opportunities and how to utilize the DPS website.    The workshop will also include an overview of the certification process for minority and women owned businesses.  Attendees will learn what documents are needed when submitting a certification application and how to avoid the most common mistakes.

Opening Your Own Venue: How to Navigate City Licensing
Presented by Dylan Rice, Director of Creative Industries-Music, Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE)
Rice gives a primer on what City licensing processes are required to open a venue and provides helpful resources and tips that will save you time and money along the way. Referencing information from DCASE’s forthcoming Venue Licensing Toolkit, this presentation walks you through the application processes for the City’s Public Place of Amusement (PPA) license and Performing Arts Venue (PAV) license.


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