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SBAC Venture Pitch Companies Selected for August 17th Event!

We are excited to announce the three Pitch Companies for our Venture Pitch Session on August 17th: ChoreRelief, StreaMD, and SideKick! To register and find out more information about the event, please click here. Attendees at the event have the opportunity to hear from these companies as well as meet with them following the presentations. Also, included in … more

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Action Call: Support Net Neutrality!

Over the past two decades, the internet has changed the way consumers communicate, access information, and participate in the economy. Just as consumer behavior is evolving, technology is also creating new opportunities and challenges by changing the way businesses engage with customers. As a result, small businesses have an important role to play in technology … more

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Mighty House Radio: Live from SBAC Canvassing Event

The SBAC was featured on Mighty House Radio Show live from our canvassing event in Northfield on Saturday, July 1st. Engagement continued to increase during the day as SBAC members, volunteers and staff connected with many individuals who want to see a functional government in Illinois. SBAC members, staff and volunteers canvassed to end the budget … more

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Grassroots Advocacy Campaign

Revive the Illinois Economy! Illinois went 736 days without a budget. Unfortunately, over two years of relentless fighting by politicians ended with a budget that includes a tax increase and a reduction in spending but does little to improve the economic climate of our state.  The harm the budget impasse inflicted on many people throughout … 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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