SBAC Staff


Elliot Richardson
Chief Executive Officer & Past President

Elliot Richardson is the Founder and CEO of the Small Business Advocacy Council, an organization laser-focused on improving the economic environment for small businesses in the State of Illinois.  The SBAC strives to empower the small business community by bringing business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs together to speak with a unified, and strong voice.

Elliot Richardson is also a partner at the law firm of Korey & Richardson, handling a variety of commercial litigation matters in both federal and state court.

Elliot has been involved in community service since his college days at Bradley University. Presently, Elliot serves on the Board of Directors for Childserv, a large and successful organization focused on helping at-risk children. Elliot is co-chair of the resource development committee of this organization. Elliot is also on the board of Youth Conservation Corp., a dynamic non-profit which provides training in the construction industry to at-risk children.

Elliot formerly served on the Board of Directors for Youth Communications, an organization that empowers children by teaching them crucial writing skills. He also served on the Editorial Board of the Chicago Bar Association and on the executive committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA. Elliot also served on the board of the YMCA Alliance Board.

Elliot received his law degree from the University of Dayton. In law school, he was the member of the Public Interest Law Organization and received the University of Dayton School of Law Pro Bono Publico Service Award. Elliot graduated from Bradley University with a degree in sociology and criminal justice. He obtained a minor in history.


Stephanie Nommensen
Chief Operating Officer

Growing up with a family-owned business, Stephanie has first-hand knowledge about what small businesses need to thrive. Stephanie’s upbringing provides the opportunity to appreciate the intricacy of business, its challenges and its rewards.  Stephanie’s experience ranges from hiring and training employees and overseeing inventory and scheduling, to the overall management of the company.

Stephanie is a graduate with a B.S. in Managerial Studies Management from the University of Illinois Chicago. Stephanie has held numerous positions within the SBAC, including intern, Director of Events, Membership Director, Director of Chapter, Committees and Communities, and now the COO of the SBAC. Having such a wide array of experience within the organization has made her an integral part of the team and a wealth of information about all things “SBAC”.


Ryan Tolley
Advocacy Director

Ryan started with the Small Business Advocacy Council in September 2014 as a Membership and Outreach Intern, having graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in May 2014 with a degree in Political Science, focusing on America Government.  In his previous role as Membership Coordinator, he was fortunate enough to work alongside business owners and understand the issues that are important to them on a local, state and federal level.

In his position as Advocacy Director, he is leveraging his previous knowledge in American Government studies to can help take SBAC initiatives through the legislative process. In addition, his volunteer experience with legislative campaigns also have given him experience with building and executing grassroots efforts to garner support on issues facing the small business community.

Raquel Burchett
Membership Coordinator

Raquel began working at the SBAC in February 2017. She graduated from DePaul University in 2016 with a Masters in Organizational Communication and received a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2013. In her previous work in the trade and investment department at the British Consulate in Chicago, she helped expand small businesses from the United Kingdom to the Midwest. This role sparked an interest in American small businesses and led to the role of Membership Coordinator at the SBAC.

Julia Stone
Communications Coordinator

Julia began working at the SBAC in November 2016. During her academic career, she gained experience as a reporter, editorial assistant, and communications intern. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Creative Writing, and French from Ohio Wesleyan University in May 2016.

As Communications Coordinator, Julia manages all aspects of marketing, including social media, website content, Google Analytics, email marketing, and print. An avid writer, Julia views marketing as a form of storytelling. She hopes to use her writing skills to tell the SBAC’s story, and the stories of small business owners across Illinois.

Daniel Duran
Advocacy Researcher

Dan started working at the SBAC in January 2017. The SBAC was of particular interest to him because of his belief in small business as an integral part of American culture. He attributes his interest in law and politics to his mom, a legal secretary, and dad, a carpenter for the Chicago Transit Authority and owner of two apartment buildings in Pilsen.

Dan will bring meticulousness and precision to the advocacy initiatives of the SBAC to strive for the best possible results for small businesses. A Niles West High School alum, Dan is from Skokie and graduated from Point Park University in 2014 with a degree in Human Resources Management.