Voyage Chicago is an online publication with the mission to “build a platform that fosters collaboration and support for small businesses, independent artists and entrepreneurs, local institutions and those that make Chicago interesting.”
Recently, Kimberly Brisky, Director of Communications for the SBAC, was interviewed by the Voyage Chicago team to learn the origin story of the organization, the impact our members are having on the community and what the future holds. Click here to read the full story.
Following the unanimous passage of SB 2436 in the Senate in February, the SBAC published an op-ed in Crain’s Chicago in March outlining the importance of amending this outdated statute. It does not make sense that legislators from all corners of the state have a hand deciding the fate of a business hundreds of miles away. The small business community believes that by amending the antiquated regulations of the 1934 Liquor Control Act, which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution, we can empower business owners in disadvantaged communities by shifting the oversight of liquor licensing to local officials.
We are now up against a tight deadline to get this measure, sponsored by State Rep. Feigenholtz, to committee in the House for consideration. This common-sense initiative has bipartisan support and we are proud to have the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, and the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship as part of our coalition.
If we can’t amend a process so widely panned on both sides of the aisle, what does that say about our chances to tackle the bigger challenges looming for our state? It’s time to deal with this issue once and for all and build on that momentum to grow our way to economic stability in Illinois.
Contact your legislator and ask them to co-sponsor SB 2436 today!
This week, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson was interviewed on WGN Radio’s Opening Bell to discuss SB 2436. This bill would that by amend the antiquated regulations of the 1934 Liquor Control Act, which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution. The small business community believes that we can empower business owners in disadvantaged communities by shifting the oversight of liquor licensing to local officials. Click here to hear the full interview, starting at the 18:30 mark.
Following the unanimous passage of SB 2436 in the Senate in February, the SBAC published an op-ed in Crain’s Chicago Business outlining the importance of amending this outdated statute. We are now up against a tight deadline to get this measure, sponsored by State Rep. Feigenholtz, to committee in the House for consideration. This common-sense initiative has bipartisan support and we are proud to have the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, and the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship as part of our coalition.
5 Questions to Ask When Picking a VoIP Provider for Your Business By: Robert Harney
Navigating the selection process of a VoIP provider reminds me of the scene from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where the Grail Knight tells the German scientist to choose the chalice of Christ and upon his choice and after the German disintegrates the Knight says… “he chose poorly.”
Each and every Business VoIP Provider will have a slightly different list of services, feature sets, and associated prices, but the reality is most people use the same basic few features which are common in every Cloud Business VoIP Provider.
Before choosing a Business VoIP Provider it is important to ask these five questions:
Does my current Internet Provider plan provide sufficient consistent bandwidth to support VoIP?
What are the startup & recurring costs? Are there any hidden fees? How much are taxes as well as other fees?
Can I keep my current numbers? What is the cost to keep and port them?
When my internet connection is down what happens? Will my calls automatically be rerouted or will I need to contact the provider?
Do I want to rent equipment from my vendor or purchase my own?
Educating yourself, knowing the system requirements are ahead of time, and selecting an experienced provider, will help make the transition to VoIP fast, easy, and cost effective.
Robert Harney is the Founder of Open One Solutions, Inc., a Chicago based Business VoIP Provider specializing in both cloud / hosted and premised based IP phone systems or IP-PBX solutions. Open One Solutions brings years of experience in this field – using and deploying cloud / hosted VoIP since 2004 and deploying IP-PBX solutions since the 90’s.
SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, joined representatives from ChangeIL and the Better Government Association, to make the case for redistricting reform to the Daily Herald editorial board.
Gerrymandering is the process by which partisan politicians draw legislative districts to benefit their own party and political futures. It undermines the principles of free and fair elections by carving, slicing and dicing map boundaries — essentially letting politicians pick their voters. This has resulted in far too few elections being competitive or even contested in Illinois.
Entrepreneurs are reluctant to expand when they are not confident in their government or ability to weigh in on policies that impact their businesses. This is why small business owners of all political stripes are taking up the fight to end gerrymandering in Illinois.
The SBAC is proud to recognize the contributions of our female members and Women in Business Group! We have a vibrant and growing community of female entrepreneurs that spans experience, geography and industry – but we share the common vision of providing a forum for women business owners to network with each other and to work collectively to address the unique challenges that women face in the workplace.
The SBAC and the Women in Business Group are committed to growing a community of female entrepreneurs within our ranks. This year, we have teamed up with MommyCon to connect our network with the amazing vendors and small business owners showing at the conference.
MommyCon is a family-run business, founded by entrepreneur Xza Higgins. When she was pregnant with her first child, Xza started a blog collective called the Mommy Dialogues. She organized living room meet-ups and cabin retreats for like-minded moms and moms-to-be. The informal gatherings grew so rapidly that MommyCon was created to fulfill the need of an under served community. Within four years, MommyCon has reached an audience of over 50,000 parents from nearly every state in the union. With roughly ten events per year, MommyCon travels to new locations nearly every month.
The multi-day event features amazing shopping (100+ other exhibitors), interactive workshops, inspirational speakers and more. Use the promo code “SBACIL” for 10% off of tickets. Click here to learn more and register!