Category Archives: Media Coverage

Politicians Should Pass Legislation to Empower Small Businesses and College Graduates


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 Members Make Their Voices Heard


This week the SBAC teamed up with the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce to host a legislative breakfast. The event featured elected officials from around the region and after introductory remarks by SBAC CEO, Scott Baskin, about 60 small business owners had the opportunity to make their voices heard.

Questions focused on economic development, taxes, and what is being done to stop residents and small businesses from leaving the state.

The Daily Southtown was on hand and reported on the details of the event. To read the full article, which includes a plug for the SBAC’s successful efforts to lower LLC fees in Illinois – click here.

Special thanks to Sue Harrawood and Linda Ehlers for all of their efforts in the Chicago Southland region on behalf of the SBAC!

 

Chicago Business Owners Can Now Pre-Pay Some Fines


The city of Chicago announced that it will allow business owners to pre-pay fines for certain municipal violations, instead of requiring them to hire lawyers and go through the city’s administrative hearing process. The SBAC and a robust coalition worked with the city to develop this pilot program. This initiative is a big win for Chicago businesses, and we look forward to continuing the effort expand the number of violations that can be resolved without an administrative hearing. Please see additional information in our press release below.

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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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SBAC Members Honored at Daily Herald C-Suite Awards


Four SBAC leaders were honored last week at the Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite Awards. This annual ceremony recognizes C-level executives for the leadership, business and civic contributions they have made to their organizations and to the suburban Chicago community.

Congratulations to Stephen Ball (MB Financial Bank), Steve Banke (3 Points, LLC), Bruce Leon (TandemHR) and Vic Miceli (DPOE) for being selected as 2018 honorees! Click here to read the profiles on all the winners.

 

 

 

SBAC Profiled by Voyage Chicago


Voyage Chicago is an online publication with the mission to “build a platform that fosters collaboration and support for small businesses, independent artists and entrepreneurs, local institutions and those that make Chicago interesting.”

Recently, Kimberly Brisky, Director of Communications for the SBAC, was interviewed by the Voyage Chicago team to learn the origin story of the organization, the impact our members are having on the community and what the future holds. Click here to read the full story.

SBAC Proud to Partner with A Safe Haven Foundation


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The SBAC is proud to work with A Safe Haven Foundation to advance important legislation for our community. Most recently, we partnered on efforts to secure the passage of HB5868. This bill allows health insurance companies to cover state licensed community-based behavioral health care options, including residential recovery homes, to treat substance abuse disorder.

SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, accepted an award on behalf of the organization at the Safe Haven 5K last weekend. Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford were also in attendance. We look forward to future opportunities to work together on legislative initiatives.

For additional information about the event, read the full press release here.