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Information and Assistance for Small Business Owners

From time to time we receive information from various government agencies or non-profit groups that might be of use to Small Business Owners.
They will be posted here and updated periodically.

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From the SBA

Active Shooter Preparedness Resources for Your Small Business

The tragic events in Orlando are a reminder that small businesses are not immune from violence. The US Department of Homeland Security offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters.

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From the SBA

Three Reminders for Business Owners Who Hate Selling

You started a small business knowing you'd make most of your revenue by selling your products or services. But you say to friends, "I hate selling. I'm not a good salesperson."
So, what are you doing in small business?
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From the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme already has claimed several victims as payroll and human resources offices mistakenly email payroll data including Forms W-2 that contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to cybercriminals posing as company executives. If your CEO appears to be emailing you for a list of company employees, check it out before you respond. Everyone has a responsibility to remain diligent about confirming the identity of people requesting personal information about employees.

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From the BACP

2016 City Inspection Workshop Dates Announced

BACP will continue to offer the "City Inspections - Ask Questions, Get Answers" workshop in 2016. The workshop will be offered the first Wednesday of every month at BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street. 8th Floor Room 805. This workshop provides information on what you must know to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlights the do's and don'ts of operating a healthy business. Go to the 2016 Inspection Workshop flyer for scheduled dates.
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From the BACP

Legal Services for Business

Small business owners seeking legal assistance now have several choices when it comes to engaging a lawyer. Low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs who do not have the means to hire an attorney can access free legal assistance from The Law Project (TLP) of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. If an entrepreneur is not eligible for assistance from The Law Project, they may contact the Justice Entrepreneurship Project. If an entrepreneur has the financial means, they should contact the Chicago Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service for the names of lawyers and should feel free to request a free initial consultation with an attorney. Additionally, the Chicago Kent Patent Hub will help facilitate the placement of qualified, under-resourced inventors with the pro-bono legal assistance of a licensed patent attorney. The Legal Services for Business Flyer will provide more detailed information.
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From the BACP

Mobile Prepared Food Vendor License Effective November 13, 2015

For information click here
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From the SBA

What Business Plan Type Is Best for Me?

With all the different meanings of "business plan," I recommend you use good planning to help you run your business as well as possible. Keep it lean. Don't make it a document for outsiders unless you have a business reason to show a business plan to outsiders. Keep it fresh. Use it to get what you want from your business.

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From the SBA

SBA Loans Explained – A Small Business 101
If you have struggled to get financing in the past or are thinking of venturing into small business loan territory for the first time, you may be wondering what SBA's loan programs are all about. Here's what you should know!

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