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

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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SBAC Cheers SCOTUS Ruling Allowing States to Collect Internet Sales Tax

The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) supports the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. case, allowing states to collect sales tax on online transactions. Prior to this ruling, local and small businesses in Illinois were at a financial disadvantage. Now states have the authority to compel online and catalog … more

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ICYMI: SBAC Joint Op-Ed in Daily Herald Business Ledger

This week, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, penned an op-ed with Neli Vazquez Rowland, the President/Co-Founder of A Safe Haven Foundation, in support of HB5868. This bipartisan legislation will allow health insurance companies to cover state licensed residential care, including recovery homes, for substance abuse. It passed out of the General Assembly and now awaits … more

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