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March 2017 Venture Pitch Companies Announced

Three startup companies have been selected for our SBAC Venture Pitch Session! Congratulations to Jammber, Taelur and Pay Your Selfie. We look forward to hearing these companies present on March 8 at mHUB Chicago! Register for the event here. 

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New SBAC Employees!

The SBAC is excited to welcome two new employees in 2017! Raquel Burchett Membership Coordinator raquel@sbacil.org Raquel began working at the SBAC in February 2017. She graduated from DePaul University in 2016 with a Masters in Organizational Communication and received a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2013. In her previous work … more

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Recap: Elliot Richardson on ‘The Sunday Spin’ 2/12

Elliot Richardson, Founder and CEO of the Small Business Advocacy Council, was a guest on The Sunday Spin: Politics with Rick Pearson on Feb. 12. Richardson and Pearson discuss the unprecedented budget impasse in Illinois. Richardson emphasizes how the budget impasse, which has lasted almost two years, is devastating for small business owners who cannot afford to not … more

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Call to Action: Contact Your Legislators & End the Budget Impasse

Illinois’ unprecedented budget impasse continues to damage our state economy and hurt small businesses, non-profits, local communities, college students and many others. We urge you to contact your legislators and encourage them to work with colleagues from both sides of the aisle to pass a responsible budget. They must make reforms that will revive Illinois’ economy … more

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Business Organizations Call for an End to Illinois Budget Impasse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CHICAGO, IL – February 2, 2017 – A robust group of business organizations from across the Chicagoland area have banded together to call on the Governor and Illinois legislative leaders to end their unprecedented, destructive political standoff.  These organizations have sent the state’s political leaders a letter imploring them to end Illinois’ … more

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Join the SBAC today!

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Member   1. Make your voice heard on issues that impact your business • Attend our Policy Committee Meetings to weigh in on the issues facing the small business community. • Advocate on behalf of the small business community with the SBAC in Springfield and DC • Join our District … more

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Testimonials: Venture Pitch Session

The SBAC will host our next Venture Pitch Session event on March 8 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. This event gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to present before a panel of distinguished judges, and in front of a live audience, to generate awareness in the market and pursue funding for their company’s growth.       For more information and … more

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Michael Frerichs, Keynote Speaker

Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer, will be one of the Keynote Speakers at the SBAC & MB Financial Small Business Conference on January 26, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Elected Illinois State Treasurer in November 2014, Michael is a Certified Public Finance Officer. He was born in the Gifford, Illinois and graduated from Yale University. Michael joined the … more

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Jim Schultz, Keynote Speaker

Jim Schultz, CEO and co-founder of Intersect Illinois, will be one of the Keynote Speakers at the SBAC & MB Financial Small Business Conference on January 26, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Jim is a private equity executive and agribusiness entrepreneur. Before becoming CEO of Intersect Illinois, Jim was the Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce. Intersect Illinois is dedicated to … more

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Recap: Elliot Richardson on ‘The Sunday Spin’ 12/4

Founder and CEO of the Small Business Advocacy Council, Elliot Richardson, was featured on The Sunday Spin: Politics with Rick Pearson Sunday, December 4. Richardson and Pearson discuss what the fall veto session outcome means for the small business community and the state. The full WGN radio show is available to listen to here. On the show, Richardson emphasizes … more

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