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Upcoming SBAC Events

SBAC blog posts by
Amy Masters

OK I admit it. I don’t always make the right choices in regard to my health. It’s been over a week since I’ve been to the gym, and last night I fell victim – admittedly, a willing victim – to a double scoop sundae drenched in hot fudge, whipped cream and nuts.

But that doesn’t mean that every health choice has to be the wrong choice. Because I’ve seen far too many family members, friends and co-workers struggle with chronic diseases and other medical challenges that often began with poor health habits; I simply can’t disregard the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise.

And as small business owners, I’m guessing you also struggle with making healthy choices when you’re working around the clock managing...

Over the summer and fall, the SBAC was called to testify on behalf of small business about the corporate income tax and the proposed special tax break for CME and Sears in front of two bi-partisan legislative committees.

SBAC lobbyist Dan Johnson testified at multiple hearings across the state on the issues, reminding legislators that small businesses create the majority of jobs in Illinois. Johnson also stressed the importance of implementing a fair tax structure across the board as opposed to providing exemptions to select big companies at the expense of small businesses.

The SBAC expects to participate in more of these discussions and continue to gain greater influence in the legislative process in the years ahead...

SBAC scored another win in 2011 spring legislative session by encouraging the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to post Illinois bank small business lending statistics on their web site.

Originally the SBAC supported legislation sponsored State Representatives Jehan Gordon and Dan Biss to require the agency to post small business lending information by individual bank, which led to several discussions with the IDFPR about the initiative. As a result of open communication and collaboration, IDFPR volunteered to post the information without a legal requirement.

Small business owners can now access Illinois banks’ small business lending history to assist with decision-making when...