Media Kit

Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC)

In 2010, Elliot Richardson, the owner of a small Chicago-based law firm, was frustrated with the uphill battle facing many small business owners in the state of Illinois. He felt his community had no voice and no representation in Springfield. Richardson wanted to be part of the solution and launched The Small Business Advocacy Council to provide small businesses in Illinois every opportunity to succeed.

The SBAC is a full-service advocacy organization and empowers its members in four distinct ways. First, it offers members a non-partisan and effective voice on their behalf in Washington, DC, Springfield and Chicago. Second, the SBAC connects entrepreneurs with other members in order to foster relationships within the community and generate mutually beneficial strategic partnerships. Third, the organization offers educational programming to promote best business practices and encourage growth. Lastly, the SBAC provides exclusive benefits to its members, including an array of discounts and rebates to help lower the costs of operating a business.

MEDIA CONTACT
Kimberly Brisky
SBAC, Director of Communications & Public Affairs
(312) 505-7032
kimberly@sbacil.org

ORGANIZATION PROFILE
Small Business Advocacy Council

120 W. Madison, Suite 520
Chicago, IL 60602
312-548-8608
SBAC One-Pager


MEDIA COVERAGE

SBAC Interview on WVON Urban Business Roundtable

On Saturday, SBAC President and Founder, Elliot Richardson, was interviewed on WVON’s Urban Business Roundtable. The discussion focused on SB2436, the SBAC-backed initiative to amend outdated language in the Liquor Control Act of 1934. This bill is now scheduled for consideration in the House Executive Committee. Listen to the full interview below.

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SBAC Featured as Inland Bank Partner on WBBM

The SBAC is proud to count Inland Bank as a key partner in our mission to empower the small business community in Illinois. As part of their 50th Anniversary Celebration, WBBM Radio is promoting the work of Inland Bank and their community partners via on-air vignettes. SBAC President and Founder, Elliot Richardson, was featured in one … more

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WGN Radio Interview on the 84 Year Old Law Holding Economic Development

This week, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson was interviewed on WGN Radio’s Opening Bell to discuss SB 2436. This bill would that by amend the antiquated regulations of the 1934 Liquor Control Act, which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution.  The small business community believes that we can … more

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ICYMI: SBAC Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Last week the Wall Street Journal published an article on the challenges of protecting your business and employees from sexual harassment, featuring commentary from SBAC CEO Scott Baskin. Click here to read the full article. Looking for more information? Check out the blog post by Arthur Ehrlich entitled, 5 Tips to Protect Your Business & … more

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ICYMI: SBAC Joint Op-Ed with CHANGE IL on Fair Maps

The SBAC continues the fight on behalf of the small business community to end gerrymandering in Illinois. This week, we partnered with CHANGE Illinois on an op-ed published in the Daily Herald, emphasizing the importance keeping communities together. Click here to read the full piece online or view the pdf copy below.

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Advocacy Agenda Update on Mighty House Radio

SBAC Founder and President, Elliot Richardson, was recently on the Mighty House Radio Show on WGCO 1590AM to discuss the SBAC Advocacy agenda. Click below to hear the full interview. Special thanks to show host and SBAC Member, Ron Cowgill!

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SBAC Leads the Charge on Fair Maps

SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, joined representatives from ChangeIL and the Better Government Association, to make the case for redistricting reform to the Daily Herald editorial board. Gerrymandering is the process by which partisan politicians draw legislative districts to benefit their own party and political futures. It undermines the principles of free and fair … more

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ICYMI: SBAC Op-ed on Leveling the Playing Field for Small Business

Last month, an SBAC-backed proposal passed the State Senate with unanimous, bi-partisan support. SB2436, filed by Senator Chris Nybo, seeks to change an antiquated state law that currently prohibits restaurants and other establishments from serving alcohol within 100 ft. of a church, school, hospital or military station, without passing a law for an individual exemption. SB2436 … more

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Dwayne Hirsch Receives Governor’s Difference Makers Award

Congratulations to SBAC Executive Board Member, Dwayne Hirsch, for receiving the 2018 Governor’s Difference Makers Award! This honor is a way to recognize individuals helping make a difference in their communities and throughout Illinois.

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Elliot Richardson Interview on WGN about SBAC State Agenda

Sunday morning, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, appeared on The Sunday Spin with Rick Pearson to discuss the state of play in Springfield and our legislative agenda. The interview covered the Governor’s recent budget proposal, the importance of a functional state government to an entrepreneur, redistricting, term limits for leaders in the General Assembly … more

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