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How launching a Chicago home-based business just got easier

REBOOT ILLINOIS – How launching a Chicago home-based business just got easier Small business advocates have fought to ease restrictions that make it difficult to launch a home-based business in Chicago.  On February 22, the City Council passed an ordinance that eliminated several rules hampering the ability of entrepreneurs to launch and grow a business from … more

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Member Spotlight: Michele Rubin, SBAC Empower

Executive Director of SBAC Empower, Michele Rubin, is passionate about helping people fulfill their dreams. With Michele’s experience in small business, education and nonprofits, she has the unique combination of skills to make SBAC Empower a success. SBAC Empower is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on providing the education and support aspiring entrepreneurs need to start a … more

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SBAC Launches “Stand Tall, Illinois” Campaign

Stand tall with small business. The SBAC is launching Stand Tall Illinois, a campaign meant to unite and strengthen the small business community. Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. Now is the time to stand tall together to mend Illinois’ ‘backbone.’ We urge small business owners to ‘stand tall’ to achieve a collective voice … more

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SBAC Empower’s Chicago Entrepreneur Expo

               SBAC Empower is a non-profit created to help individuals determine whether starting a small business is the right choice for them. They provide the education and support you need to start your own small business. Affiliated with the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC), SBAC Empower is committed to advancing the SBAC’s initiatives. Description Join … more

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Big Win For Chicago Home-Based Businesses

Many incredibly successful businesses, including Google, Yankee Candle Company and Harley Davidson were launched in their founders’ home or garage.  Through their success, these businesses have created a tremendous number of jobs and sparked local economies. On Wednesday, February 22, the Chicago City Council based an ordinance making it easier for entrepreneurs to start and … more

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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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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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