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A non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, networking, support services and educational programs.
SBAC membership fees cover participation in any and all SBAC regional chapters, and members are encouraged to participate in the many events hosted by each chapter. Each chapter sponsors events that may include mini-meetings (breakfasts, lunches and cocktail hours), happy hours and educational forums. Check out the SBAC Calendar
for upcoming events for each chapter.
Click on each chapter link to learn more about each individual chapter. For additional information, please contact Stephanie Nommensen, Director of Chapters, Committees and Communities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make sure to confirm dates on the SBAC online calendar, as changes occur occasionally due to holidays and other conflicts.
Chicago is the central chapter and hosts multiple breakfasts, lunches and cocktail hours in the downtown area and in various neighborhoods across the city. The Chicago chapter also hosts a monthly happy hour which draws a large number of members.
The Fox Valley Chapter is the newest chapter to the SBAC with cities that border the Fox River from Crystal Lake to Aurora. The chapter hosts a breakfast on the second Wednesday of the month at Sweet Berry Café, 720 N. McLean Blvd., South Elgin, IL and beginning in 2015, one lunch on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
The Lake County chapter hosts a networking breakfast the first Tuesday of the week and a networking lunch the third Tuesday of each month.
The North Shore chapter includes Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Glenview, Highland Park, Lincolnwood and Northfield. The chapter hosts two breakfasts at Max and Benny’s in Northbrook, one breakfast at Eggsperience in Glenview, one breakfast at Country Kitchen in Highland Park, and one lunch at the Just Like Home in Niles each month. Contact Pete Wirtz or Ken Kass for more information about this chapter.
The Northwest Suburbs chapter includes Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg. The chapter holds two lunches each month on the first Tuesday and third Friday at the Rose Garden Cafe in Elk Grove Village. The chapter will host quarterly happy hours.
The chapter includes Southern Cook and Will Counties. The chapter hosts a breakfast on the second Tuesday in Orland Park, a lunch on the third Tuesday at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, and a lunch on the fourth Tuesday in Mokena of every month, as well as a Happy Hour every other month in Orland Park. Contact Scott Sinclair or Anna Minkina for more information about this chapter.
The chapter includes Aurora, Batavia, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Lemont, Lisle, Lombard, Mokena, Naperville, Oak Brook and Oswego. The chapter hosts a breakfast on the first Wednesday of the month and one lunch the third Thursday of the month, both in Oak Brook. The chapter also hosts monthly happy hours on the second Thursday of the month.