Category Archives: SBAC News

Celebrate the Superheroes of Small Business!


Join us for a fabulous evening with the “superheroes” of small business. September 27th is the SBAC’s annual fundraiser to help support its advocacy initiatives on behalf of small businesses in Illinois.

Enjoy entertainment by the “Chicago Super Hero Troupe,” a variety-style performance team that will delight your senses, and be on hand to see who wins the Advocate of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and other Small Business awards!

Registration is open, so sign up now to reserve your spot!

 

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 The outdated statute was an obstacle to the growth of local economies, often in areas where new opportunities are needed most.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.

SBAC Members Save up to 34% Off UPS Shipping!


SBAC MEMBERS SAVE AT THE UPS STORE & ON UPS SHIPPING UP TO 34% OFF!

Thinking about new sources of efficiency and savings for your business? Think logistics. UPS has a broad array of reliable services with customized discounts for SBAC Members to save you money. Members of the SBAC receive special UPS discounts, including up to 34% off Air, International and Ground shipments.

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There are no minimums and you begin saving with your very first shipment! Also available is a 10% discount on select services at your local UPS Store. 4,400 locations are at your disposal and each one is a convenient, one-stop-shop for everything from mail boxes, to copying and printing, to packing and shipping, to office supplies.

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.

ICYMI: Hyper-Local Coverage on SBAC-Backed A-Frame Ordinance


Block Club Chicago – a new non-profit digital news organization focused on hyper-local coverage of Chicago’s neighborhoods – published a story on the introduction of a Chicago ordinance to legalize A-Frame signs in Chicago. Right now, despite them being relatively common on city sidewalks, these signs are illegal and the sporadic enforcement of the law can be very expensive for small businesses.

To help streamline the process, provide certainty for small business owners and keep the sidewalks safe for pedestrians, the SBAC and a robust coalition of organizations worked with Ald. Scott Waguespack on a solution.

Click here to read the full article in Block Club Chicago.