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Keeping Your Small Business Safe in the Digital Age

Chicago, Illinois


The FTC’s Midwest Region, together with the Small Business Administration’s Illinois District Office and the Chicago Better Business Bureau, is hosting a half-day event to help small businesses protect against cyber threats and keep their data safe. Last year, the FTC held several roundtable discussions with small business owners to discuss the challenges they face when dealing with cyber threats and data security.

The event will take place at Metcalfe Federal Building (77 W. Jackson, GSA conference Center, 3rd floor) in Chicago, Illinois.

This workshop will address some of the issues business owners and employees told us they wanted to hear more about. Participants will get advice from cybersecurity experts on how to protect business data and personal information, how to respond to a data breach, and other cybersecurity topics. We’ll publish the agenda and speakers information on this event page as it becomes available.

The event is free and open to the public. You can register online(link is external) (optional).


Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments before posting them on the FTC website.

The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission’s comprehensive Privacy Policy.

This event is open to the public and may be photographed, videotaped, webcast, or otherwise recorded. By participating in this event, you are agreeing that your image — and anything you say or submit — may be posted indefinitely at ftc.gov or on one of the Commission's publicly available social media sites.