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A non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, networking, support services and educational programs.
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Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) Provides Support
For Small to Mid-Sized Businesses
Advocacy, Affinity, and Networking Assistance for Members
Chicago, IL (September 8, 2013) – As owners of small businesses try to navigate the precarious nature of the economic landscape, it seems as though they face an uphill battle. Dealing with rising health care costs and excessive fees can be frustrating. Acquiring proper funding can be difficult. Feeling isolated as an entrepreneur can be overwhelming.
Elliot Richardson, an attorney since 1998, became frustrated with this uphill battle many owners of small- to mid-sized businesses were experiencing. He felt that they had no voice, no representation in regard to lawmaking. As an owner of a small law firm himself, Richardson wanted to be a part of the solution. Equipped with his background ranging from civil rights to commercial litigation, he chose to launch an organization that would provide support for these owners in every area necessary. The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) was born out of a desire to empower the small business community and provide a unified voice for small and mid-market businesses.
The SBAC supports its members in three distinct ways. It advocates for its members in the arena of lawmaking and policy. The SBAC provides support programs, including strategic partnerships which provide members with discounted products and services to reduce overhead costs and connect small businesses with funding options. The SBAC also connects owners of small- to mid-sized businesses with other members in order to generate mutually beneficial relationships.
The SBAC played an instrumental role in passing legislation that allows small business better access to state contacts. The SBAC also helped draft legislation that provides for an Illinois health insurance cooperative. The SBAC has co-branded a credit card that provides small business owners the consumer protections afforded to other consumer credit cards. Currently, the SBAC is fighting to lower Illinois’ excessively high LLC fees.
The SBAC currently has nearly 800 members, and has been experiencing steady growth, attracting approximately 40 new members each month. The SBAC is dedicated to improving economic conditions for small- to mid-sized businesses and being a voice for small business.
About Small Business Advocacy Council The SBAC is a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, networking, support services and educational programs. For more information, visit sbacil.org.
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20 S Clark St, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60603
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Elliot Richardson, CEO & Past President
Amy Masters, Executive Director
Blanca Campos, Advocacy Director
Stephanie Nommensen, Membership Director
The SBAC is a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, networking, support services and educational programs.
The SBAC has nearly 800 members, and continues to attract approximately 40 new business members per month.
Small Business Contracts Act:
Setting 10% state procurement goal for small business contracts
Health Benefit Purchasing Coop for Small Businesses:
Resulting in authorization and funding of state’s first healthcare cooperative
Lowering excessive LLC Fees:
Fighting to reduce the state’s LLC fees – some of the highest fees in the nation
Bringing transparency and accountability to Edge Tax Credits
Ensuring that tax breaks awarded to companies threatening to leave Illinois are awarded in a transparent and prudent manner
Co-Branded Credit Card
Offering a credit card providing consumer protections small businesses deserve
1. To bring small business owners, their employees and hard-working Americans together for the purpose of forming a powerful and cohesive advocacy group
2. To support legislation and policies favorable to small business community
3. To support members by helping them make meaningful connections and generate referrals.
4. To create strategic partnerships between SBAC members that bring down their costs of doing business and strengthen the SBAC community.
Networking (60 events per month across the Chicagoland area)
SBAC Connects (connecting businesses with capital and resources)
Educational Resources and Professional Development
Peer Groups Professional Development
SBAC Strategic Partnerships
Office Depot program
Long-Term Care Insurance
Multi-Employer 401(k) Plans
Targeted Business Connections