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Small Business Saturday is Coming!

As you know, Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 24th. This nationally recognized event started in 2010 as a marketing campaign, but less than a year later, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of the day. Looking for some tips? Check out this article on 2017 Small Business Saturday from … more

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SBAC Chicago Holiday Party Set for December 13th

  We already have snow, so we might as well have a celebration! Join us for the SBAC Chicago Holiday Party on December 13th at the Make Offices in River North. There is no fee to attend, but donations are appreciated! Click here to register. Interested in sponsoring the event? Click here!

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Ask Your State Rep to Support the Regulatory Sunrise Review Act!

Obtaining a license to do business in Illinois should not create unnecessary barriers for entrepreneurs or be an overly burdensome process.  An Illinois state license is now required for roughly 400 occupations.   While public health and safety must come first, new licenses should not be created unless they are necessary to protect the safety and welfare … more

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ICYMI: SBAC Interview on 1160AM

Last week, SBAC’s Director of Communications, Kimberly Brisky, went on AM 1160 to talk about the issues impacting small businesses. She was interviewed by Whit Brisky, an SBAC Member, partner at Mauck & Baker, LLC and her dad! The full audio can be heard below:

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Politicians Should Pass Legislation to Empower Small Businesses and College Graduates

The SBAC strongly supports bipartisan legislation that will empower small businesses to compete for top talent and address the student debt crisis. This is exactly the type of work politicians should be focused on in DC. According to the personal finance website, Make Lemonade, over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt is owed by more than … more

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SBAC Board Members Recognized as Influential Women in Business

Congratulations to Sue Kramer Harrawood (Peace of Mind Virtual Assistance) and Danielle Ozer (Tandem HR) for being recognized as Influential Women in Business by the Daily Herald Business Ledger! The Business Ledger’s Influential Women in Business Awards are given to suburban business women who share a commitment to professional excellence and their communities. The SBAC … more

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Women in Business – Learn How to Make Your Business Stand Out!

In November the SBAC Women in Business Group is hosting two events featuring marketing experts with tools to get your business ahead of the competition. There will be a panel discussion at the Hubbard Inn (Chicago) on November 7th and a networking luncheon with a guest speaker on November 14th at the Warehouse Eatery (Deerfield). … more

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Congratulations to Gather Voices – SBAC Venture Pitch Session Winner!

Congratulations to Michael Hoffman, the CEO of Gather Voices, for winning the SBAC Venture Pitch Session, presented by UPS. Finishing at the top earned Michael $4000 in cash and prizes, including an annual SBAC membership. Gather Voices is a Chicago-based software company that helps businesses, nonprofits and associations dramatically increase their digital engagement through video. … more

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SBAC Takes On Occupational Licensing

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation licenses and regulates over 1 million professionals and firms in Illinois including a variety of healthcare related professions such as doctors, nurses, and veterinarian, as well as a variety of occupational professions such as CPAs, barbers, engineers, and detectives. Streamlining, simplifying and clarifying the occupational licensing process, while … more

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SBAC Halloween Bash – A spoooooky good time!

Join the SBAC Young Professionals on October 30th for a spooky good time! Connect with other goblins and ghouls, enjoy some tricks and treats (open bar and appetizers), and learn about what the SBAC is doing to fight the frightening student debt crisis. Come dressed to impress!    Special thanks to our event sponsor: Daniel … more

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