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Chicago, IL 60603
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In order to advance the Small Business Advocacy Council’s (SBAC) mission of promoting the growth and success of small businesses, the SBAC has created SBAC Connects, a program providing members with access to professional advice, educational resources and capital through bank, debt, and equity financing.

Please click on the following link for more information:

Professional Advice
Educational Resources
Capital - Traditional and Alternative
Capital - Peer-to-Peer Lending
Capital - Equity/Pitch Sessions

Professional Advice
Successful business growth isn't accomplishd through financing alone. Many businesses need advice and guidance in areas from business leadership to operations to financial planning to help you grow your business. SBAC members have access to multiple options for professional advice through SBAC Connects, including:

  • MeetAdvisors: Connects SBAC entrepreneurs with Advisors for free advice. Members can direct a specific question for an Advisor requiring a 15-30 minute response. While phone and in-person meetings are encouraged to facilitate relationship-building, email and other communication via the MeetAdvisors dashboard are also utilized. Head over to to review the list of SBAC Advisors and ask for advice. 
  • SBAC Quarterbacks: Connects SBAC business owners with seasoned financial experts to provide guidance and advice for more complex situations and facilitate connections to industry experts. Each Quarterback will dedicate up to five hours to help the business owner advance their business. To be connected to an SBAC Quarterback, please contact Amy Masters at
  • TMA 40-Hour Pro Bono Program: The Pro Bono Program is a volunteer effort supported by the members of the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the Turnaround Management Association
    (TMA). The mission of the Program is to provide turnaround consulting and other necessary services at no charge to nonprofit organizations and small for-profit businesses experiencing serious financial, operational or other problems. Click here for more information and criteria.

Educational Resources
SBAC Connects provides educational resources to assist small businesses understand the complicated world of finance.  

Stay tuned for additional information about the Grow Your Business Boot Camp, sponsored by Sam's Club, to be held in Northwest Chicago on the morning of Friday, December 13 that will offer several workshops on Access to Capital.

Capital - Traditional and Alternative
The SBAC has many banks and financial lenders who are members of the SBAC and are able to provide traditional and alternative lending to our qualified small business members. Stay tuned to learn more about ways to connect with these traditional and alternative lenders to learn more about the lending process and the various available options.

Capital - Peer-to-Peer Lending
The SBAC is working to offer SBAC members peer-to-peer lending opportunities. Stay tuned for more details.

Capital - Equity/Pitch Sessions
The SBAC hosted three pitch sessions in 2013, the last was in partnership with and Our next pitch session will be held in January 2014. Each pitch session will feature three businesses seeking financing for their company products or services which are vetted by our SBAC Connects committee.

If you would like to pitch your company at our future pitch sessions, head over to to register.

Stay tuned for more details about our January pitch session.

For More Information
For more information about SBAC Connects, please contact Amy Masters at