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BACP Small Business Expos

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) hosts a series of free Small Business Expos.  The expos 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 BACP Small Business Expo returns to an in-person event!

Join us on Saturday, July 23rd from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Kennedy-King College (740 W. 63rd Street, U Building).



The expo will feature an opportunity to connect with industry experts and government agencies in the exhibitor hall, educational workshops presented by local business service organizations, an inspiring keynote address, and a networking hour to meet with other current and aspiring business owners.

Jonatan Rodriguez, Chief Marketing Officer, El Encanto Products, Inc.

Keynote Speaker:

Jonatan Rodriguez, Chief Marketing Officer, El Encanto Products, Inc.

El Encanto Products, Inc. is a Hispanic, family-owned wholesale grocer distributor. The company was founded in 2009 and Jonatan has been involved since then. As a first-generation college graduate, with a degree in Marketing, he has utilized his education and ingenuity to bring a new perspective to the grocery industry. In 2019, at the age of 20, Jonatan created an all-natural fruit juice brand, Encanto Juice, which can be found across Chicagoland and the Midwest. El Encanto Products, Inc. carries over 2,000 products and services to grocery stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, and more in 11 states across the Midwest region.

The Saturday, July 23rd expo will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The schedule is as follows:
Note – Mask are required per City Colleges protocol  

Exhibitor Hall: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Attendees can visit exhibitors, get expert advice, and receive free professional headshots.

Keynote Speaker: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Jonatan Rodriguez, Chief Marketing Officer, El Encanto Products, Inc.

Workshops: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

From Idea to True Income: Business Planning 101
Presented by Greater Southwest Development Corporation

Capital Options for Business Owners
Presented by the Women’s Business Development Center

Mobile App Awareness to Grow Your Business
Presented by SCORE Chicago

Networking Hour: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Attendees can participate in a one-hour networking session on building and growing a business, sponsored by City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin.

For questions email

The 2022 BACP Small Business Expo series is sponsored by Western Union.


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Event Details
07. 23. 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm