All posts by Kimberly Brisky

Small Business Saturday is Coming!

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As you know, Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 24th. This nationally recognized event started in 2010 as a marketing campaign, but less than a year later, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of the day.

Looking for some tips? Check out this article on 2017 Small Business Saturday from Entrepreneur.

Also, the Small Business Administration has compiled a list of resources for business owners looking to participate. Please check out the links below and share any you find helpful with your networks.

Ask Your State Rep to Support the Regulatory Sunrise Review Act!

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Obtaining a license to do business in Illinois should not create unnecessary barriers for entrepreneurs or be an overly burdensome process.  An Illinois state license is now required for roughly 400 occupations.   While public health and safety must come first, new licenses should not be created unless they are necessary to protect the safety and welfare of the public.  New licenses that are established by the legislature should also be crafted in the least restrictive manner to achieve its objectives.

Please use this tool to contact your House Member and ask them to pass HB5212 during the fall legislative session.  HB5212 will provide legislators a way to obtain objective information about any safety risks a proposed license will address and the economic impact associated with the license.  This legislation, named the Regulatory Sunrise Review Act, will provide legislators with a process for receiving information and analysis from independent parties regarding whether a new license is warranted, the reasons for the license, how it will impact the economy and how to craft necessary licenses in the least restrictive way to ensure it is effective.

We ask you to contact your representative in the Illinois General Assembly and urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation to ensure legislators have the full picture before approving new occupational licenses for industries.

Politicians Should Pass Legislation to Empower Small Businesses and College Graduates

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The SBAC strongly supports bipartisan legislation that will empower small businesses to compete for top talent and address the student debt crisis. This is exactly the type of work politicians should be focused on in DC.

According to the personal finance website, Make Lemonade, over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt is owed by more than 44 million borrowers in the U.S. — an average of about $40,000 owed per student. Many college graduates, working entry level jobs, struggle to make their student debt payments.

Small businesses are also impacted by the whopping student debt owed by prospective employees.

While some businesses may offer job applicants assistance with their student loans, many smaller companies do not have the capacity to provide such a benefit. This makes it more difficult for smaller businesses to compete for talented professionals.

To learn more, read the Elliot Richardson’s piece in the Daily Herald Business Ledger about galvanizing grassroots support to pass H.R. 795, sponsored by Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA).

SBAC Board Members Recognized as Influential Women in Business

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Congratulations to Sue Kramer Harrawood (Peace of Mind Virtual Assistance) and Danielle Ozer (Tandem HR) for being recognized as Influential Women in Business by the Daily Herald Business Ledger!

The Business Ledger’s Influential Women in Business Awards are given to suburban business women who share a commitment to professional excellence and their communities.

The SBAC was proud to partner with the Business Ledger on this event and celebrate Sue & Danielle’s achievements and contributions to our organization!

Women in Business – Learn How to Make Your Business Stand Out!

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In November the SBAC Women in Business Group is hosting two events featuring marketing experts with tools to get your business ahead of the competition. There will be a panel discussion at the Hubbard Inn (Chicago) on November 7th and a networking luncheon with a guest speaker on November 14th at the Warehouse Eatery (Deerfield). Be sure to secure your spot today for these awesome events and connect with other dynamic entrepreneurs at the final Women in Business events of 2018.

November Education Luncheon
Wednesday, November 7th
Hubbard Inn, Chicago


November North Shore Luncheon
Wednesday, November 14th
Warehouse Eatery, Deerfield


Small business owners have many challenges, and one of the biggest is to determine what makes them stand out from the competition. Please join the Women in Business Committee for a panel discussion involving a group of influential subject matter experts who have successfully developed a competitive edge for their companies through branding and marketing innovation.

The featured panelists are Iris Marreck (Iris B. Branding & Communications), Joanna Sobran (MXOtech) and Emmy Award winning Radio/TV personality, Jeanne Sparrow (The Spoken Bird).

Everyone is selling, whether it’s a product or service, or ourself. So how do you make yourself standout in this busy, noisy world? Join us for an engaging conversation on how do you stand out.

The featured speaker at this is event is Alexis Gladstone. Alexis founded Intelead 14 years ago and has over 25 years of consulting, training, coaching and speaking experience. She works with clients in the areas of leadership, sales, and organizational change to maximize individual and company results.

Congratulations to Gather Voices – SBAC Venture Pitch Session Winner!

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Congratulations to Michael Hoffman, the CEO of Gather Voices, for winning the SBAC Venture Pitch Session, presented by UPS. Finishing at the top earned Michael $4000 in cash and prizes, including an annual SBAC membership.

Gather Voices is a Chicago-based software company that helps businesses, nonprofits and associations dramatically increase their digital engagement through video. The GV-One platform from Gather Voices makes it easy to collect, edit and publish videos from customers, donors, members, alumni and other stakeholders.

Interested in pitching your company in 2019? Contact Ryan Tolley at

SBAC Takes On Occupational Licensing

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The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation licenses and regulates over 1 million professionals and firms in Illinois including a variety of healthcare related professions such as doctors, nurses, and veterinarian, as well as a variety of occupational professions such as CPAs, barbers, engineers, and detectives.

Streamlining, simplifying and clarifying the occupational licensing process, while be responsive to public safety concerns, is an important issue the SBAC will focus on during the upcoming veto session and as part of the 2019 advocacy agenda.

In addition to addressing vetoed bills, veto session is one last chance for legislation still under jurisdiction of the Rules Committee to move through the committee process and to the floor for a vote. One bill the SBAC is advocating for is HB5212, which will create a system to investigate the necessity of new state licenses over a previously unregulated profession or occupation. The goal of this bill is to provide a full picture of the economic impact of a potential new license prior to the legislature taking a vote. For additional information, view IDFPR’s press release below.

Sunrise Review Act Overview_PDF