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

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and embark on the hype of a customer relationship management system. If you’ve done that, you know enough to understand the ROI of such a feat. Now, you’re swimming through the depths of the web trying to figure out which CRM to purchase and what does what. Here’s a list of 10 things to keep in mind when trying to figure out the best fit for your business. 

1)  Open source or commercial 

Open source software is software that you have access to the core code to modify, customize or distribute under the same license. There are several open source CRMs out there; the biggest being ...

It's no secret that toxins are everywhere, from the polluted air we breathe in the great outdoors to the chemical-laced items that line the shelves inside our homes. While we have little control regarding the quality of the air that surrounds us outside, we can decrease the amount of toxins that we allow to enter our living quarters. "People have become more aware of the importance of living in a healthy home, which is why so many toxic-free products are becoming mainstream," Kevin Tibbs, co-founder and formulation chemist of Better Life cleaning products, told AOL Health. Here's how you...

Whether your business is trying to reach a local, national or global market, language has never been a more important consideration than it is today.  Over 60 million people in the US speak a language other than English at home and, in Illinois, the most commonly spoken languages include Spanish, Polish, Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin), Tagalog, German, Korean, Arabic, Urdu, Russian, Italian, Gujarati, Greek and Hindi.  For those interested in zooming in by neighborhood, check out this great resource that provides census data for each Chicago neighborhood.

Just because people speak another...