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 Ryan Tolley at ryan@sbacil.org.

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A Resource for Small Businesses

As business owners, we have all experienced times of adversity or challenge. Sometimes the challenge is thrust upon us by an amazing opportunity that stretches us beyond our current capacity or competencies. Other times it could be a vendor or employee that gives us an unexpected challenge that we have to take on, whether we like it or not. In most circumstances, we are accustomed to rising to the occasion without even thinking about it; we expect to encounter these hurdles along the way and we are prepared for them.

What about those times when challenge after challenge seems to mount before us – and we find ourselves in constant motion uncertain how much more we can handle? It is in these times that it can be hard to imagine how...

CRM systems are databases created to hold information about people relevant to your organization and have long been a staple in the business-to-business world. Your success is driven by people inside and outside your organization, whether you are a business, government agency or nonprofit. CRM is the way you can manage relationships and measure success.


What is CRM? A Definition of Customer Relationship Management
and Constituent Relationship Management.

In the commercial business world, they are typically referred to as “Customer Relationship Management” systems. In the public sector or nonprofit/NGO realm, you may hear the term “Constituent Relationship Management” used instead to...

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a press conference announcing the introduction of HB 3429 in the Illinois General Assembly.  HB 3429 is an intrastate crowdfunding exemption proposal that would allow Illinois companies to make certain investment offerings available to Illinois residents in small blocks.  

As the founder and CEO of PeerRealty, a Chicago-based real estate crowdfunding platform, I’m not exactly a neutral party.  Anthony Zeoli, who has worked on the language of this bill for months, is...