Media Coverage

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, … more

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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, … more

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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 … more

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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 … more

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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 … more

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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) … more

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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 … more

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SBAC Proud to Partner with A Safe Haven Foundation

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 … more

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Chicago Sun-Times features SBAC-Backed A-Frames Ordinance

    A-Frame signs are an extremely popular way for local restaurants and merchants to drive traffic into their establishments. However, in Chicago, these signs are illegal and using them can subject Chicago business owners to fines. Ordinance 2018-5092 was introduced on June 27th by Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward), to legalize sandwich board and A-Frame … more

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Small Business Backed Ordinance Introduced to Legalize A-Frame Signs

The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) is proud to announce the introduction of Ordinance 2018-5092 by Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward), a pro-business measure to legalize sandwich board and A-Frame signs in Chicago. The SBAC and a strong coalition of local business organizations are committed to advancing smart sign code reform in the city. This … more

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