BAPA provides a range of resources and opportunities to local businesses, boosting their visibility through multiple marketing channels and advising prospective business owners who want to invest in the neighborhood. BAPA also advocates for commercial development and small business recruitment.
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.
Earn the BAPA Verified badge for your company! BAPA is a trusted source for trades referrals, and the BAPA Verified badge identifies you as a vetted business to consumers.
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)
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.