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Small Business Backed Ordinance Introduced to Simplify Chicago Sign Code

Today, Alderman Joe Moreno introduced an ordinance that would allow business owners to place non-structural signs and certain stickers on their windows for more than sixty-days without paying for a permit.  It would clarify current sign permit requirements and provide the opportunity for small businesses to address violations prior to being fined. This marked a great … more

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LLC Reform Update on Mighty House Radio

Over the weekend, SBAC President & Founder, Elliot Richardson, went on the Might House Radio Show and gave an update on LLC fee reform – a big win for small business. He also provided a look ahead at the 2018 legislative agenda. Listen to the interview below, featuring host and SBAC Board Member, Ron Cowgill.

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SBAC CEO Talks LLC Reform Efforts in Springfield on AM560

In case you missed it, SBAC CEO, Elliot Richardson, was on “Get Down to Business” hosted by Shalom Klein on AM560. The interview focused on LLC reform legislation and how important it is for the small business community to get involved in advocacy efforts. The full audio of the interview is included below.

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Don’t Skip the Judicial Branch When You Vote!

SBAC Members from Cook County had the opportunity to hear from candidates vying for the 5th Subcircuit of Cook County at the October Hyde Park Happy Hour hosted by SBAC Executive Board Member, Dwayne Hirsch. Cook County Bar Association President, Dartesia Pitts, was also on hand to discuss the Judicial evaluation process for the bar and … more

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SBAC Radio Ad on WCGO 1590AM

Have you heard the SBAC’s new radio ad running on WCGO 1590AM? Click below to hear the audio and be sure to tune in to 1590AM to hear it live!

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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 … more

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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 … more

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BCBS Pulls Out of SHOP Health Insurance Exchange for 2018

  ICYMI: Small Business Advocacy Council CEO, Elliot Richardson, on SHOP via Chicago Tribune: Less competition among insurers is bad news for small businesses in the Chicago area. Click here to read the full article.

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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 … more

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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 … more

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