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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

The SBA is pleased to present our 2016 Illinois Small Business Week schedule of events. Join us for a series of workshops, webinars, and a Small Business Resource Fair.

Workshops: You must RSVP to 312-353-4528 to attend the workshops in the Illinois District Office.

May 2 SBA Certification, College of DuPage 9:00 a.m.
May 3 Veterans, Doing Business With the Federal Government, 9:30 a.m.
May 3 Starting a Business after Retirement, Metcalfe Bldg. 11:30 a.m.
May 4 Strategies for Doing Business with GSA, 9:30 a.m.
May 4 Government Contracting 101, Joliet Junior College 10:00 a.m
May 4 8(a) Workshop, Blue Island Public Library, 10:00 a.m.
May 5 SBA Resource Partners Open House 11:00 a.m.
May 6 SBA Illinois Small Business Expo, Willis Tower, 10:00 a.m.
May 6 How to Develop a Business Plan, 1:30 p.m.
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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.

Read more from the IRS here
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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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