Category Archives: Advocacy

SBAC Speaks at Public Roundtable on Occupational Licensing


The SBAC represented the Illinois small business community at a joint event hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association and the Council of State Governments. This event, moderated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, focused on current state policy and practices surrounding occupational licensing.

IDFPR 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.

At the hearing, SBAC member, Paul Detlefs of The Prestwick Group, spoke on the impact of occupational licensing on small businesses. Streamlining, simplifying and clarifying the occupational licensing process, while be responsive to public safety concerns, is a critical issue the SBAC will focus on as part of the 2019 advocacy agenda.

Sales Tax Guidance for Out-of State Sellers


This week the Illinois Department of Revenue posted resources for remote (out-of-state) sellers regarding the required collection and remittance of Illinois sales tax beginning October 1, 2018.

Since the Quill v. North Dakota decision in 1992, states did not have the authority to collect sales tax from out-of-state businesses unless the company had a physical location (i.e. store/warehouse) within in the state. This summer the Supreme Court ruling on the Wayfair v. South Dakota case, opened the door for states to collect sales tax on out of state businesses, widening the definition for what is considered having a physical presence with in a state.

In preparation for the decision, Illinois legislators included a section dealing with this issue in the 2018 Budget Implementation Bill (PA 100-0587), which was signed into law on June 4. 2018. This language defines businesses doing “over $100,000 of business or over 200 transactions in Illinois annually as maintaining a pace of business in the state, and therefore requires those businesses to collect and remit sales tax to the state.”

For brick and mortar businesses in Illinois, this levels the playing field, allowing them to compete with online vendors who previously sold products without subjecting their consumers to sales tax. This will create an estimated $200 million in additional revenue for Illinois without creating any new taxes.

Please see the IDOR press release below and visit the online resources here.

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Final Member Orientation of 2018


Join us for the final SBAC Member Orientation of 2018 – sponsored by UPS. Current and prospective members can attend to enjoy lunch, networking, a presentation on the benefits of SBAC membership and learn how to get engaged!

You can register by clicking here.

Agenda

11:30-11:45 – Open Networking with members of the Board and Membership Committee.
11:45-12:00 – Introductions 
12:00-12:30 – How to Manage Your Member Profile
12:30-1:00 – How to Engage in the SBAC
 
Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch.

Student Loan Repayment Not Just for Big Businesses


The SBAC strongly supports H.R. 795, the Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act, introduced by Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL). This legislation allows up to $5,250 of employer contributions toward student loan payments for an employee to be tax exempt – similar to the structure of a 401(k). By providing an affordable pathway for employers to offer student loan repayment benefits, something currently out of reach for many smaller enterprises, small businesses can compete on a level playing field to hire and retain talent.

This legislation has strong bipartisan support. During our recent Capitol Hill lobby trip, we met with members of the Illinois delegation on this issue and successfully secured three new co-sponsors.

The SBAC also signed onto a coalition letter with signatories across the industry and political spectrum, asking Ways & Means Chairman, Kevin Brady, to include H.R. 795 in Tax Reform 2.0 – the proposed package as a follow up to the recently passed Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.

For more information or if you would like to get involved with our effort to support H.R. 795 please contact Ryan Tolley at ryan@sbacil.org.

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Governor Rauner Signs SBAC Sponsored Bill for Smarter Small Business Regulations


The Small Business Advocacy Council is proud to announce Governor Rauner signed HB5253, a bill requiring state agencies to conduct further analysis on the impact new rules have on small businesses prior to them going into effect.

The SBAC worked closely with lead sponsors State Representative Carol Sente (D-59) and Senator Pamela Althoff (R-32) in drafting the language and in building support from outside groups, including the National Federation of Small Businesses and Illinois Manufacturers Association, for this bipartisan legislation.

This is the second bill on the SBAC Advocacy Agenda signed into law by Governor Rauner this month. See the full SBAC press release below for additional information.

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SBAC featured on WGN TV for Bill Signing with Governor Rauner


Check out the bill signing coverage below on WGN TV featuring the SBAC!

Last week marked the second time in less than a year that the SBAC stood with the Governor to see one of our legislative priorities signed into law. A few months ago, the SBAC spear-headed the effort to lower LLC fees in our state, and this signing again reflects our mission to advance common sense policy reforms to support small businesses in Illinois.

The SBAC partnered with a robust coalition in support of SB2436, to amend the archaic Liquor Control Act of 1934 which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution, school, hospital or military station. Until now, the only recourse for a small business owner to receive an exemption was for a bill to be drafted, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law. The outdated statute was an obstacle to the growth of local economies, often in areas where new opportunities are needed most. SB2436 reforms this process so that rather than painting all communities with a single brush, local leaders can determine the restrictions that best serve their businesses and residents.

This is a great example of the positive changes that can be made when partisanship is put aside and good policy wins the day – all made possible by reaching a critical mass of supporters speaking with a strong voice.

Governor Rauner Signs SBAC-Backed Bill Into Law


Today marked the second time in less than a year that the SBAC stood with the Governor to see one of our legislative priorities signed into law. A few months ago, the SBAC spear-headed the effort to lower LLC fees in our state, and today’s bill signing again reflects our mission to advance common sense policy reforms to support small businesses in Illinois.

The SBAC partnered with a robust coalition in support of SB2436, to amend the archaic Liquor Control Act of 1934 which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution, school, hospital or military station. Until now, the only recourse for a small business owner to receive an exemption was for a bill to be drafted, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law. The outdated statute was an obstacle to the growth of local economies, often in areas where new opportunities are needed most. SB2436 reforms this process so that rather than painting all communities with a single brush, local leaders can determine the restrictions that best serve their businesses and residents.

This is a great example of the positive changes that can be made when partisanship is put aside and good policy wins the day – all made possible by reaching a critical mass of supporters speaking with a strong voice. For full details, please see the official press release from Governor Rauner’s Office below.

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Chicago Sun-Times features SBAC-Backed A-Frames Ordinance


 

 

A-Frame signs are an extremely popular way for local restaurants and merchants to drive traffic into their establishments. However, in Chicago, these signs are illegal and using them can subject Chicago business owners to fines.

Ordinance 2018-5092 was introduced on June 27th by Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward), to legalize sandwich board and A-Frame signs in Chicago. This measure already has garnered strong support from City Hall, securing 28 sponsors.

Click here to read additional coverage, featuring the SBAC, in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Small Business Backed Ordinance Introduced to Legalize A-Frame Signs


The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) is proud to announce the introduction of Ordinance 2018-5092 by Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward), a pro-business measure to legalize sandwich board and A-Frame signs in Chicago. The SBAC and a strong coalition of local business organizations are committed to advancing smart sign code reform in the city.

This ordinance provides entrepreneurs more options to market their business, maintains safety for pedestrians in high-traffic areas and has the potential to generate revenue for Chicago. For additional details, please see our full press release below:

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