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
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MEDIA COVERAGE

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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SBAC-Backed Initiative Supporting Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorder Passes General Assembly

This spring, SBAC Advocacy Director, Ryan Tolley, testified in the House Human Services Committee on HB5868, legislation to allow health insurance companies to cover state licensed community-based behavioral health care options, including residential recovery homes, to treat substance abuse disorder. Opioid and other forms of substance abuse have a profound impact on the small business community. This … more

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SBAC Interview on Mighty House Radio Highlights Springfield Successes

Last week marked the end of regular session for the 100th General Assembly. The SBAC was incredibly active in Springfield this session and successful in shepherding two bills through the Illinois legislature. These successes are a reflection of all the member engagement in support of the SBAC legislative agenda. This includes Members who made the … more

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Illinois General Assembly Passes Bill to Amend Liquor Control Act of 1934

The SBAC lead the charge to pass SB2436, a bill to amend the outdated Liquor Control Act, which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution, school, hospital or military station. Until now, the only recourse for a small business owner to receive an exemption was for a bill to be … more

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General Assembly Passes SBAC Sponsored Bill Holding Agencies Accountable to Small Business

May continues to be a very busy month for the SBAC as legislative session winds down in Springfield. We are excited to report that among the action in the final weeks, HB 5253, legislation requiring regulatory agencies to examine the impact new rules and regulations will have on small businesses, passed out of both the … more

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The SBAC Provides Small Business a Seat at the Table

The SBAC and Elliot Richardson were recently profiled by BizCastHQ in a series of “thought-leadership” videos featuring entrepreneurs and CEO’s. Check out the final product below:

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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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