About SBAC’s Blog

Need guidance on how to secure a business loan? Install a surveillance system? Negotiate a lease for your office? These are a few examples of the types of posts you’ll find in the SBAC blog. Our goal is to share information designed to help members effectively manage and grow their businesses.


If you’re an SBAC member and would like to share your expertise with your peers, we welcome your contributions to the blog. Click here to download our guidelines.


For more information,
please contact SBAC Blog
co-Managing Editors:


Lyndsey Kramer
Digital Third Coast


Garry Polodna
SOAR Creative Group

Blog posts can be submitted directly to Amy Masters at amy@sbacil.org.

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A Resource for Small Businesses

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Listed below are a few of the main questions you should be asking, in any order, so that you can find the best digital marketing agency that will work to meet your needs, improve your marketing strategies, and ultimately optimize your digital presence.

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Did you know you can lower your energy costs and receive cash incentives for replacing or upgrading existing equipment and systems? 

The 2007 Illinois Power Agency Act required ComEd and other electric utilities in the state to establish energy efficiency and demand response goals. To meet this mandate, ComEd developed and launched a suite of energy-efficiency solutions called Smart Ideas – including cash incentives – to help commercial and industrial customers use energy more efficiently.

Knowing that lighting represents 60% of your business’ electrical expenses, upgrading your indoor and outdoor lighting to a more efficient solution is one of the best ways to decrease your energy expenses.

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We’re all going mobile. With that, policy setting and security are big concerns for small businesses. Mobile Device Management (MDM) from 3Points is coming soon. This service will allow you to set-up, monitor, secure and manage iOS and Android-compatible devices under one central location. It’s enterprise-level monitoring for small business. And that’s exciting! A lot of what we do, say, create, access and share is put on these devices.
For now, MDM refers to phones (although we are testing other devices). To start, there are two choices for a small business owner: own and distribute the phones or adopt a BYOD or bring your-own device policy.
Here’s a...