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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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Illinois Voters Should Choose Who Represents Them, Not The Other Way Around

The SBAC is a proud member of the Illinois Redistricting Collaborative, a non-partisan coalition committed to ending gerrymandering in Illinois. To learn more about our efforts, register today to attend a breakfast panel discussion with redistricting experts on March 22nd at Max & Benny’s in Northbrook. Recently, our coalition cheered a major milestone in our campaign … more

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Small Business Takes a Stand Against Gerrymandering

The SBAC is proud to join forces with Change Illinois and the rest of the Illinois Redistricting Collaborative to advocate for fair maps in Illinois. The Collaborative is a non-partisan coalition of groups across the state that support the creation of an independent commission to draw representative boundaries and end the practice of gerrymandering. To … more

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SBAC Kicks Off Redistricting Reform Effort in 2018

The SBAC joined with Change Illinois and nine other organizations to form the Illinois Redistricting Collaborative – a coalition committed to raising the profile of the redistricting issue in 2018. On January 9th, the Collaborative sent an 18-question gerrymandering survey to all the candidates running to be governor of Illinois.  The survey asks candidates whether they … more

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Small Business Backed Ordinance Introduced to Simplify Chicago Sign Code

Today, Alderman Joe Moreno introduced an ordinance that would allow business owners to place non-structural signs and certain stickers on their windows for more than sixty-days without paying for a permit.  It would clarify current sign permit requirements and provide the opportunity for small businesses to address violations prior to being fined. This marked a great … more

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Big Win for Small Business: LLC Fee Reform

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SBAC Joins Coalition of Small Businesses in Open Letter to FCC – Urging Them to Preserve Net Neutrality

“The SBAC is committed to preserving equal access to the internet for both consumers and small businesses,” said SBAC CEO Elliot Richardson. “The internet is a vital tool for businesses to reach customers, and without the current net neutrality rules in place, ISP’s could have the autonomy to choose which websites and companies have access … more

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Business Organizations Call for an End to Illinois Budget Impasse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CHICAGO, IL – February 2, 2017 – A robust group of business organizations from across the Chicagoland area have banded together to call on the Governor and Illinois legislative leaders to end their unprecedented, destructive political standoff.  These organizations have sent the state’s political leaders a letter imploring them to end Illinois’ … more

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Crowdfunding for Illinois Businesses Now Up and Running

Innovative program helps entrepreneurs, local communities CHICAGO – January 17, 2017 – Three Chicago-area business owners were profiled today as the first entrepreneurs to be raising money under the new Illinois intrastate equity crowdfunding law. The businesses are using this capital to create jobs, re-invest in the local community and generate potential revenue for investors. … more

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The Small Business Advocacy Council Announces The 5th Annual Healthcare Summit & The Business Event

CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Small Business Advocacy Council, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council and Jewish B2B Networking will be co-hosting the 5th Annual Healthcare Summit & The Business Event. The annual event will be held on November 10th at the Drury Lane Theater and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. This year’s event will feature keynote speaker, David DiLoreto, M.D., CEO of Presence … more

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