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Tom Walter, Keynote Speaker at Advocacy Dinner

Tom Walter is a “serial entrepreneur,” author, speaker and a principal in numerous companies. He is best known as the Chief Culture Officer (CCO) of Chicago-area Tasty Catering, a suburban corporate caterer and event planner that was recently named a Forbes Best Small Company in America. Tom has more than 40 years of experience as an … more

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Announcing the Advocacy Award Recipients

  Join us for the 6th Annual Advocacy Awards Dinner & Awards Ceremony next Thursday on May 4th from 6:00 – 10:00 PM! “At this signature event, we will celebrate the hard work of all the SBAC members who have fought to empower the small business community and improve Illinois’ economy.  Two SBAC leaders will … more

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Daily Herald Editorial: We must make lawmakers accountable to the public ahead of their party leaders

The SBAC participated in the Multi-Chamber luncheon to host Governor Bruce Rauner. The GOA Regional Business Association did a fantastic job of putting together an incredibly well-attended event. Elliot Richardson, SBAC CEO, addressed the crowd about how zealous non-partisan advocacy can push politicians to enact common-sense policies to improve Illinois’ economy.  He discussed how the engagement … more

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SBAC Advocacy Dinner & Awards Ceremony is coming up soon!

Celebrate with 250+ business leaders, members and guests at our 6th Annual Advocacy Dinner and Awards Ceremony on May 4th! This event commemorates the achievements of our advocacy efforts in 2016 and focuses on our next steps to ensure small businesses have their voices heard. From the cocktail reception at the start of the evening, … more

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Member Spotlight: Dwayne Hirsch

  Dwayne Hirsch is passionate about advocating for small business and the advancement of entrepreneurship in Illinois. The SBAC is excited to award him the Advocate of the Year Award at our 6th Annual Advocacy Dinner & Awards Ceremony on May 4th. An active and dedicated SBAC member, Dwayne is part of the Executive Committee, Policy … more

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SBAC Testifies on Legislation that Empowers Small Businesses

The Small Business Advocacy Council went to Springfield on March 30th, 2017 to advocate for the small business community and economic policies that can spark Illinois’ economy. SBAC Advocacy Director, Ryan Tolley, Representative Carol Sente and SBAC Member Anthony Zeoli participated in two hearings in the House of Representatives Revenue Committee and the Business Growth & … more

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SBAC Testifies on Economic Policy in Springfield

The Small Business Advocacy Council will be in Springfield on March 30th to testify on economic policy. Ryan Tolley, SBAC Advocacy Director, and Anthony Zeoli, Partner with Freeborn & Peters, will be testifying on legislation and initiatives that will empower the small business community, improve our state’s economy and begin changing the perception of Illinois’ small … more

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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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