July Workshops Include Mobile Food Licensing, and Opening Airport Concessions
Mika Stambaugh Director of Public Information Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (312) 744-5365
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City of Chicago wants businesses and consumers to be fully educated on two important ordinances going into effect this summer. The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) is hosting “Everything You Need to Know about the Minimum Wage & Plastic Bag Ban Ordinances” to ensure that workers know about their rights in the workplace around the increase to a $10 local minimum wage that goes into effect on July 1, 2015 and that businesses are prepared for it and the Plastic Bag Ordinance which takes effect August 1, 2015. This free workshop will be held on July 8, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago.
“The workshops are an opportunity for business owners and startups to learn about new and existing laws as well as innovative ways for growth in various industries,” said Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek, of BACP. “Each presentation is produced and designed to help entrepreneurs run and maintain healthy businesses throughout the City.”
BACP will also host a series of informational workshops on minimum wage for businesses, chambers of commerce, and other business advocacy groups to inform them of their responsibilities under the new ordinance. The department will also send compliance information to its e-mail list of more than 60,000 businesses. Additionally, the Mayor’s Office will send information about the ordinance to more than 2,000 faith, community, and small business leaders.
The City has prepared a variety of materials, available online, to ensure that businesses and workers understand the compliance process and timeline. The minimum wage ordinance regulations can be found HERE. BACP has also produced a video on the upcoming raise in the Minimum Wage that can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7C8w783G30
The Small Business Center (SBC) at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection hosts free business workshops every Wednesday and Friday in Room 805 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago. Workshops are conducted by city officials, BACP’s partner organizations, and experts in the industry. To register for a workshop or for more information, call (312) 744-2086 or emailBACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org. Learn more about BACP programs and events by visiting www.cityofchicago.org/SBC.