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Strategic Partner Hildebrand Creative Extends their Exceptional Offer on Video Marketing Packages

Need to promote your business through social media video but not sure how to get started? We are thrilled to announce that Hildebrand Creative is extending their special pricing exclusively for SBAC Members on Video Marketing Packages.

Hildebrand Creative will produce your first video, and develop a comprehensive programming plan, all for just $749, a significant discount for a start-up package.

For more than 20 years, Dennis Hildebrand has designed, produced, implemented and tracked the effectiveness of integrated corporate communication and awareness programs for large and small organizations across the country.

Contact Hildebrand Creative today to get started telling your unique business story through social media video!

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Read more about Hildebrand Creative and our other Strategic Partners in our Strategic Partners section.

SBAC Wellness Event Lunch this Thursday: Make Wellness a Part of Your Life

Check out the next SBAC Wellness Event Lunch this Thursday, April 26 at noon at Karyn’s Raw, 1901 North Halsted Street, Chicago.

In addition to focusing on self-care and healthy diet, wellness events are a great place to network and talk a little business. To RSVP, contact Arthur Hebbard at or at 847-990-7909

You can find more healthy restaurants with tasty offerings at the SBAC Events page. All healthy breakfasts and lunches are designated as Wellness Events. We look forward to seeing you there!


4/26 SBAC Lunch in Evanston Venue Change!

We will now be meeting for lunch at Tommy Nevin's Pub in Evanston!Join our SBAC members on Thursday, April 26th, at Tommy Nevin's Pub at 12pm. With the success of our first lunch in Evanston, we will begin holding monthly luncheons on the 4th Thursday of every month. These lunches provide folks with an opportunity to meet, catch up, and talk a little business.

Tommy Nevin's Pub is located at 1450 Sherman Avenue

Please RSVP with Arthur at

We look forward to seeing you all then!

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Complete the Online SBAC Government Contract Survey Today!

In an effort to assess members’ interest in pursuing government contracts and the most essential resources needed, the SBAC Contracts Committee is conducting a short online survey of all SBAC members. With only seven questions, the survey should take less than five minutes. Your input will assist the committee to develop the most relevant programming and resources for membership. Click here to view and complete the survey.

Check out SBAC Strategic Partner Michael Ericksen P.C.

Michael Ericksen P.C. can help you improve the management of your sales and customer service departments with Sage CRM. We offer a special discounted rate on Consulting Services such as Implementation, Customization and Training to SBAC members. 5% off the SLA (Service Level Agreement). 10% back on SLA purchase and all consulting fees charged.

We tailor software solutions to help run you business. We work with small to midsized business on their Accounting, ERP software and Customer Relationship Management Software (CRM). We provide your employees access to the data they need to do their jobs. We help a business become more efficient and effective by upgrading, modifying or implementing a whole new software solution.

Contact Kari-Ann to start a free 30 day trial!

Kari-Ann Ryan Sales and Marketing Director, CRM Expert
Michael Ericksen P.C.
1515 E. Woodfield Road Suite 670
Schaumburg IL 60194

SBAC Advocacy Awards Dinner Tonight!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Chicago Cultural Center for this special night of celebration and recognition. We would like to thank and acknowledge our Sponsors. It is through their support that this night is possible. Thank you for supporting the Small Business Community!

Advocacy Dinner and Awards Ceremony Sponsors:

Champion Sponsor

Jeff Richardson, Elliter

Advocate Table Sponsors
Steve Jaffe, eDot
Jeff Gordon, Duff & Phelps

Policy Sponsor
Steve Bank, 3-Points
Michael Bromiley, Gentry Venture Partners

Business Sponsors
Joe Demarco, DeMarco Sciaccotta Wilkens & Dunleavy
Steven Goldberg, Total Insurance
Brian Mack, Mack Law Group
Patrick Markey, Law Offices of Patrick Markey, P.C.
David Davis, Davis Audio & Video LLC
Tim Whiting, Whiting Law Group. Ltd
Corey Gasman, Gasman Design
Marc Blumenthal, Law Offices of Marc N. Blumenthal
David Frank, Somercor 504
Marco Maggiore, SaberGuard ID Theft Protection
Matthew Simpson, Strategic Document Solutions Inc.
Barbara Levinson, Barbara Balloons

We would also like to thank Dr. Sandy Goldberg, NBC Chicago’s Health and Nutrition Contributor, for being tonight's Emcee.

We'll see you all tonight!

SBAC Advocacy Awards Dinner Tomorrow!

Don't forget to join us at our Advocacy Awards Dinner Tomorrow! Join the SBAC business community and our guests for a night of celebration and recognition at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center.

The evening will be comprised of networking and cocktails, dinner, speakers, silent and live auction. Don't miss out on the opportunity to mix and mingle with amazing folks!

Check out our latest Press Release on our event:

Small Business Advocacy Council to Hold Annual Dinner
Champion for Illinois Small Businesses Grows to 450 members in 2 years

For More Information: Jim Perez
Mobile: 708.341.3953
Blanca Campos: 847-990-7909

April 16, 2012

For Immediate Release

CHICAGO, IL – It’s usually a disappointment when someone loses a race for an elected position. But when Elliot Richardson lost his 2010 run in the Democratic primary for the 10th congressional district seat, his loss became a win for small businesses in Illinois.

Richardson had based his run on a platform of small business advocacy. An attorney since 1998, he was frustrated with the uphill battle many owners of small- to mid-sized businesses were experiencing.

“I felt that they (small businesses) had no voice, no representation in the laws governing small businesses so I launched the Small Business Advocacy Council. The SBAC was born out of my desire to provide small- to mid-market businesses every opportunity to succeed,” Richardson said.

Today the SBAC has more than 450 members, and will hold its first Advocacy and Awards Dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. April 19 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Among the highlights of the event will be an auction featuring a piece by nationally acclaimed Chicago artist Carlos Jimenez.

Check out our April Legislative e-News!

This week the SBAC sponsors its first annual Advocacy Dinner and Awards Ceremony, which promises to be a amazing night of celebration and recognition of leaders within the small business community who have advanced the small business cause. Tickets are still available and proceeds will go toward future advocacy efforts.

If you're wondering how effective the SBAC is in its small business advocacy efforts, you need only to read on to see how the SBAC has already impacted Illinois public policy, while becoming an important small business resource in the eyes of many elected and appointed public officials statewide and on a national level.

Due to the advocacy efforts in large part by the SBAC, the Illinois Department of Insurance has opted to authorize health care cooperatives in the state, while the Illinois Department of Employment Security is seeking guidance from the SBAC on implementation of a new unemployment program that will promote entrepreneurship and boost the economy. Meanwhile, the State of Illinois released its first annual report on small business procurement contracts, and a list of small business contract seminars is included. The SBAC has also been asked to weigh in on small business and entrepreneurial issues on a national level in Washington DC later this month.

While these victories are only the beginning of the SBAC's advocacy efforts to advance small business issues, our continued success begins and ends with you. Whether attending the Advocacy Awards Dinner, contacting your legislator, traveling to Springfield or Washington to meet with legislators, or contributing to policy development, every effort moves the cause forward, and it is vital SBAC membership continues to work together to ensure our state and local governments are friendly to small business - which we all know is the backbone of our economy.

SBAC Strategic Partner, Ink Station, Provides Members with Cost-efficient Printer Supplies!

Ink Station will give SBAC members a 5% discount on all private label replacement inkjet and toner cartridges!

For questions, contact:

Phil Aderton

Andrew Kleimla

Register for an account on When making a purchase, please use discount code SBAC2012 at checkout.

Ink Station began in October 2007 as a retail business, offering lower cost refilled cartridges. Using state of the art equipment designed and built by a precision-engineering company. Cartridges were refilled in-house, Word spread to the business community, and Ink Station became the supplier of choice for local businesses looking to save money. In 2009, Ink Station was awarded a Small Business of the Year Award by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

In 2011, Ink Station began a new chapter. In order to meet the needs of both its residential and commercial clients, Ink Station moved into a warehouse location that would allow it to carry more inventory to satisfy demand. Ink Station is continuing to develop new services, including Managed Print Services powered by EON, and create new partnerships in order to better serve its clients. Today, Ink Station provides supplies from every major manufacturer.

Visit their website at:

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Check out our SBAC Events Newsletter!

There are many new and exciting features on the SBAC website. Our members can post deals, discounts, events and job openings on our SBAC bulletin board. You can also search for the right health insurance provider on our health insurance marketplace.

Also, our SBAC Advocacy Dinner & Awards Ceremony is right around the corner. Don't forget to join us on April 19th at the Chicago Cultural Center for this memorable night. Finally, we would like to introduce everyone to our new SBAC West Suburban Executive Committee!

With the new look of the SBAC homepage we added a Member Bulletin Board. Here SBAC Members can post information about important services, offers, news, events, jobs, resumes, sales, wanted ads, etc. We wanted to provide our members with a resource portal that would allow folks to actively interact and communicate with one another.

You can also search for the right health insurance provider on our health insurance marketplace. The Health Insurance Marketplace provides a user friendly format by which companies can effectively seek out the best health insurance options for their companies. By answering a few targeted questions, SBAC members will be directed to SBAC insurance brokers looking to engage and educate our members on their health insurance options. Our current participants in the Health Insurance Marketplace are:

* Corkill Insurance
* Tandem HR
* Total Insurance Inc.
* Long Term Care Financial Partners (LTCFP)
* J. Krug & Associates

The portal also provides members access to a Wellness Marketplace, Advocacy information, and a Healthcare Blog.

SBAC West Suburban Executive Committee

As many of you know, we have an amazing group of folks heading the west suburban chapter of the SBAC. They have been extraordinary advocates and leaders and have played an integral role in growing our membership base in the western suburbs.

We are excited to introduce our SBAC West Suburban Executive Committee: