BACP Remote Small Business Expo Empowers Entrepreneurs To Grow The Small Businesses EconomyOctober 17, 2021
CHICAGO – The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), along with sponsors Fifth Third Bank and Western Union, announce that the free remote BACP Small Business Expo will be held on Thursday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. The interactive expo will provide business owners and entrepreneurs a forum to get expert advice, connect with industry experts and government agencies, learn new business strategies, meet other business owners and attend an inspiring keynote address. The expo is part of the City’s effort to support neighborhood businesses and economic development by leveraging local business support resources.
The expo will provide a full day of programming for current business owners and future entrepreneurs and will showcase a series of educational webinars on best practices to pivot and recover in a post-pandemic economy. The expo will also feature over 30 exhibitors offering one-on-one business guidance, thought-provoking conversations, and a platform for idea exchange. The expo gives participants the ability to attend webinars that are timely and relevant to their business needs.
“The remote expo connects small business owners with resources and tools while being mindful of the entrepreneur mindset. By offering business resources remotely, we have been able to reach more business owners and entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their small business,” said Kenneth J. Meyer, BACP Acting Commissioner. “We are modernizing our business outreach to improve access to business education programs like this expo, which provide important information on financing, licensing, and business growth.”
The keynote speaker will be Christopher LeMark, Founder of Coffee, Hip-Hop, and Mental Health. LeMark has been a voice for art, community, and mental wellbeing in his hometown of Chicago since 2000, creating music that features a unique and relatable sound that ignites conversation. LeMark’s mental health journey began when, after a mental and physical breakdown in a coffeeshop, he pursued therapy to address his mental wellbeing. This inflection point inspired him to launch Coffee, Hip-Hop, and Mental Health (CHHAMH), a non-profit organization that normalizes therapy and encourages people to address their mental wellbeing. CHHAMH’s goal is to educate and fund mental health services while combating food insecurity, serving hip-hop inspired cups of brew to fund free therapy sessions. LeMark is passionately building a vehicle of hope in Chicago and has been featured on NBC TODAY, WGN Daytime Chicago, BlackEnterprise.com, and Chicago Tonight Black Voices.
“Coffee, Hip-Hop, and Mental Health was launched out of necessity to address community mental health concerns,” said Christopher LeMark. “With a unique business model, I look forward to sharing my story of persistence and perseverance with Chicago’s business community.”
Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and Western Union,…