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Ending the Budget Impasse Illinois has gone over 700 days without a budget. This unprecedented budget impasse is hurting small businesses, non-profits, college students and many others. Without the passage of a responsible budget by June 30th: The state’s credit rating will likely be reduced to junk “S&P, Moody’s Downgrade Illinois to Near Junk, Lowest … more

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Member Spotlight: Dina Derman

Dina was introduced to the SBAC by a board member and met with both Elliot Richardson and Michael Cavanaugh at the SBAC office. “It took no time whatsoever to be impressed by the advocacy support that the SBAC provides to small business owners in Illinois,” she says. With over 30 years of banking experience, of which … more

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Support Small Business on the Green!

SBAC 8th Annual Golf Outing & Reception Dinner  Join us on Monday, September 25th, at the beautiful Rolling Green Country Club for a fun-filled day of golf, lunch and a dinner reception! Registration and lunch open at 10:30am. Shotgun starts at 12:00pm. Meet business leaders, SBAC members and guests at this special annual event, which … more

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Creating Strategic Partners: Amy Cramer & Michael Caramagno

SBAC members Amy Cramer and Michael Caramagno have built a strong strategic partnership through the SBAC. Their story is not uncommon — the SBAC helps like-minded business owners connect every day. “Amy and I met at an SBAC lunch in Evanston,” says Michael. “The SBAC allowed us to build a stronger professional relationship with regular meetings … more

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SBAC Summer Soirée Boat Cruise on June 20th!

The SBAC Young Professionals Group is hosting their second Summer Soirée Boat Cruise on June 20th. All proceeds will support the SBAC’s advocacy efforts. Board the elegant Mystic Blue Cruise Ship at Navy Pier for a night of dinner, drinks and great connections. Our last cruise was a blast and we can’t wait for another amazing event! … more

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Springfield Recap

Approximately 30 small business advocates arrived in Springfield and immediately began meeting with legislators from both sides of the aisle. We met with the Governor and an array of legislators to discuss the budget impasse. We also had very productive meetings with the Lieutenant Governor and the Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic … more

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SBAC Applauds Effort of Bipartisan Group of House Members

The SBAC applauds the bipartisan group of 33 Illinois House members who publicly called for an end to Illinois’ budget impasse. This is exactly the type of bipartisan leadership we have been looking for from our legislators. Below is the group’s statement: The finances of the state of Illinois are in crisis, and we must … more

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Member Spotlight: Stephen Ball

Stephen Ball was awarded the Philip Zelkowitz Small Business Champion Award at the SBAC’s 6th Annual Advocacy Dinner & Awards Ceremony on May 4th, 2017. In his acceptance speech, he said, “What I did was small compared to what we all can do. Your voice will never be small again as long as we work … more

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Pitch Companies Announced for May 25th!

We are excited to announce the three Pitch Companies for our Venture Pitch Session on May 25th: Sparkl, Quiddity Solutions and Neopenda! To register and find out more information about the event, please click here.       Sparkl is a mobile, waterless (eco-friendly) car wash app whose mission is to provide you a clean car … more

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Action Call: Tell Legislators to End The Budget Impasse Before Session Ends

Illinois politicians still have not passed a budget and it seems increasingly likely the state’s unprecedented budget impasse will extend into the summer. Should this occur, it will mark two years since the state operated with a full budget. Illinois’ budget stalemate has already caused profound damage to the state’s economy and hurt small businesses, … more

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