Category Archives: Media Coverage

SBAC Op-Ed Daily Herald Business Ledger: It’s time for LLC fee reform

The SBAC has an op-ed featured in the Daily Herald Business Ledger in support of SB 867, legislation to lower LLC fees in Illinois. We are working with a robust coalition to see this measure pass the Senate and sent to the Governor’s desk for signature during the fall veto session. We know our state faces many challenges, but we see LLC reform as a real opportunity to display how government can work when elected officials from both sides of the aisle come together. It’s time for Springfield to go beyond the platitudes and take real action in support of the small business community — often lauded, but overlooked when it counts. Click here to read the full piece.

For more information or on this issue or to join our campaign to lower LLC fees, please click here.

SBAC Talks Small Business with Cook County SA, Kim Foxx

The SBAC was proud to host a discussion with Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx. The evening in Hyde Park was lead by SBAC Executive Committee Member, Dwayne Hirsch. Per the Hyde Park Herald:

Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. During the event, she spoke about her personal and professional journey to become State Attorney, as well as how her office impacts small businesses in the Cook County area.

The SBAC looks forward to a productive partnership with the Cook County State’s Attorney in hopes of to improving the county’s relationship with entrepreneurs and provide positive change for our state. Click here to read the full article.


Small Business Owners Just Want Quality, Affordable Health Care Coverage

SBAC CEO Elliot Richardson offered the small business perspective on the news that Blue Cross Blue Shield will be leaving the public health insurance exchange for small businesses, also known as SHOP, in 2018. This will leave only one insurance option for small business owners utilizing SHOP, which was created as a result of the Affordable Care Act. 

Small businesses can still purchase Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for their employees, but now must do so off of the exchange.

Click here to read the full article via Crain’s Chicago Business.

Sign Code Violations Spike in Chicago

The complicated nature and erratic enforcement of the sign code in the city of Chicago continues to be a hot topic for small businesses. SBAC CEO, Elliot Richardson, was quoted in DNAinfo Chicago’s most recent article in a series on this issue. Our organization is working with many stakeholders to reform the code, so that hardworking business owners can focus on serving customers, not avoiding fines.

The piece provides real stories of small business owners struggling with the city sign code. Read the full article by clicking here.

SBAC Joins Coalition of Small Businesses in Open Letter to FCC – Urging Them to Preserve Net Neutrality

“The SBAC is committed to preserving equal access to the internet for both consumers and small businesses,” said SBAC CEO Elliot Richardson. “The internet is a vital tool for businesses to reach customers, and without the current net neutrality rules in place, ISP’s could have the autonomy to choose which websites and companies have access to adequate internet speeds and search result placement.”

Small and medium sized businesses are still encouraged to sign on, as names are being added on rolling basis.

Net neutrality press release

Mighty House Radio Interview: State of Play in Springfield

SBAC CEO, Elliot Richardson, recently appeared on the Mighty House Radio Show to discuss the state of play in Springfield. Legislators may have passed a budget, but political gamesmanship colors every decision, and the state has a long way to go in implementing real reforms to strengthen our fiscal footing.

Now more than ever, small businesses need to have a seat at the table with decision makers. Partisanship is standing in the way of progress and creates a continuing uncertainty that is detrimental to our community. As a non-partisan organization, the SBAC is proud to work with elected officials from both sides of the aisle – anyone who is willing to stand up for the interests of small businesses.

Interested in getting engaged in our advocacy efforts? Contact Kim Brisky at to learn more.

Listen to a clip from the interview below:

Chicago’s Sign Code – No Friend of Small Business

The Small Business Advocacy Council is committed to advancing smart sign code reform in the city of Chicago. Current regulations are expansive, complicated and can result in costly fines. Small business owners want to comply with the law, but navigating the rules require valuable time and resources that should be spent on serving customers.

SBAC CEO, Elliot Richardson, recently teamed up with The University of Chicago Law School IJ-Clinic to pen an Op-Ed in Crain’s Chicago Business. The piece outlines the challenges small business owners face with the city sign code and what changes are needed going forward. Read the full article by clicking here.

Mighty House Radio features Elliot Richardson

SBAC Co-Founder & CEO Elliot Richardson was a guest on Mighty House Radio on Saturday, April 15th. On the show, host Ron Cowgill, Elliot and the Mighty House crew talked about the SBAC’s advocacy efforts, policies that will empower the small business community and legislation that will improve Illinois’ economy.

Listen to the full show here on SoundCloud!

Mighty House and the SBAC have been strong partners for years and through the Mighty House radio show, the SBAC has been able to spread its message of non-partisan advocacy and engagement. Elliot’s recent visit to the show focused on the organization’s fight to pass an array of policy initiatives that will empower the small business community and improve the state’s economy. Elliot and Ron discussed issues impacting businesses in the City of Chicago and throughout the state.

Elliot and the Mighty House team also talked about Illinois’ unprecedented and destructive budget impasse. Elliot and Ron discussed the compelling need to end the budget impasse and make reforms that will improve the fiscal health of our state.

The SBAC thanks Ron and the entire Mighty House team for this opportunity and supporting the small business community.


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