Thriving businesses are the backbone of a healthy community. BAPA works with local and city business organizations and community partners to provide quality services to our community’s small business owners. BAPA focuses on providing resources and opportunities that assist and inform current businesses, help small business boost their brands and sales and help those who are looking to open a business in the neighborhood. BAPA works to enhance the community’s commercial areas by promoting local businesses through The Villager, the BAPA website, The Villager Neighborhood Notes enews, and social media. BAPA Also advocates for commercial development and small business recruitment.
Helping small businesses grow and thrive is part of BAPA’s mission. Articles in The Villager spotlight local businesses, share business news, highlight collaborations, and profile owners.
Be in the know about specials, discounts and more with the BAPA Card, a program exclusively for BAPA members. Stay tuned for our new BAPA Card program coming in Spring 2021!
A BAPA business membership shows your support for the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park community and enables you and your business to take advantage of unique resources and benefits. BAPA business membership donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Promotion and spotlights on BAPA’s communications platforms
BAPA’s popular special events have an annual audience reach of more than 10,000. Choose individual event sponsorships or sponsor across all events.
BAPA partners with area experts to create business workshops that empower owners in an array of current best-practices.
Digital Marketing 101
Instagram Workshop for Beginners
BAPA can help you connect with the resources you need to start a new business or make your existing business better.
A SCORE business mentor is available by appointment at the BAPA office to help entrepreneurs learn more about business start-up, finding funding, expanding their current business, managing cash flow and marketing. SCORE volunteer mentors are experienced business executives and entrepreneurs who share their expertise to help small businesses succeed. They work one-on-one to help business owners resolve challenges and achieve positive results. Mentoring is free and offered by appointment only.
City of Chicago Resources/ NBDC
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) ensures a fair and vibrant marketplace for businesses and consumers. BACP licenses businesses, provides business education and access to resources, enforces the Municipal Code, and protects consumers from fraud. BAPA is a BACP Neighborhood Business Development Center delegate agency.
The City of Chicago Small Business Center (SBC) assists in new business start-ups, business expansion, and helping businesses with a variety of issues.
To determine the zoning classification for any property in Beverly Hills/Morgan Park, use the City of Chicago’s interactive zoning map.
To find out if a particular type of business is allowed in a zoning classification, use the City of Chicago’s Business and Commercial Uses table.