Business

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.

Shop Local

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.

BAPA Card

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!

Business Support

BAPA Business Membership

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.

Benefits:

  • Updates on local events, programming, and public notices with subscription to BAPA’s regular business updates and a popular weekly e-newsletter.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with BAPA on all business-led events and promotions, social media campaigns, BAPA events, workshops and networking events.
  • Consultations with BAPA staff, your direct line to City of Chicago departments.
  • Opportunities to promote your business by offering discounts to target-area shoppers through the BAPA Card, given to more than 1,200 BAPA residential members.
  • Opportunities to connect with target customers with a customized online directory listing for your business/organization that links to your website and social media through BAPA’s website, www.bapa.org.
  • Opportunities for tradespeople to earn the BAPA Verified badge, a distinction that identifies you as a trusted, vetted home improvement company serving Beverly Hills/Morgan Park.
  • Discounts on advertising rates in The Villager (16,000 circulation).
  • Participation in BAPA business development workshops and networking events.
  • Access to free business mentoring through SCORE at the BAPA office.
  • Promote your business to new residents by including your coupon, promotional item or marketing material in BAPA’s New Neighbor Welcome Bag.
  • Ribbon cutting ceremony with BAPA staff and BAPA business members for members with new storefront or offices (available upon request).

Promotion and spotlights on BAPA’s communications platforms

  • The Villager monthly newspaper (16,000 circulation)
  • Weekly E-Newsletter (8,000+ circulation)
  • BAPA Facebook page (8,000 followers)
  • BAPA Instagram page (1,300 followers)

Sponsorship opportunities:

BAPA’s popular special events have an annual audience reach of more than 10,000. Choose individual event sponsorships or sponsor across all events. 

  • Ridge Run
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Home Tour
  • Garden Walk
  • Porch Concerts
  • History Mystery Bike Adventure
  • Sip & Shop

Business Workshops

BAPA partners with area experts to create business workshops that empower owners in an array of current best-practices.

Digital Marketing 101

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Instagram Workshop for Beginners

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Business Resources and Networking

BAPA can help you connect with the resources you need to start a new business or make your existing business better.

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SCORE Counseling

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