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Chicago, IL 60603
Office: (312) 548-8608
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Elliot Richardson, CEO & Past President

Elliot Richardson is the Founder and CEO of the Small Business Advocacy Council, an organization laser-focused on improving the economic environment for small businesses in the State of Illinois.  The SBAC strives to empower the small business community by bringing business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs together to speak with a unified, and strong voice. 

Elliot Richardson is also a partner at the law firm of Korey, Cotter, Heather & Richardson, handling a variety of commercial litigation matters in both federal and state court.

Elliot has been involved in community service since his college days at Bradley University. Presently, Elliot serves on the Board of Directors for Childserv, a large and successful organization focused on helping at-risk children. Elliot is co-chair of the resource development committee of this organization. Elliot is also on the board of Youth Conservation Corp., a dynamic non-profit which provides training in the construction industry to at-risk children.

Elliot formerly served on the Board of Directors for Youth Communications, an organization that empowers children by teaching them crucial writing skills. He also served on the Editorial Board of the Chicago Bar Association and on the executive committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA. Elliot also served on the board of the YMCA Alliance Board.

Elliot received his law degree from the University of Dayton. In law school, he was the member of the Public Interest Law Organization and received the University of Dayton School of Law Pro Bono Publico Service Award. Elliot graduated from Bradley University with a degree in sociology and criminal justice. He obtained a minor in history.

Amy Masters, Executive Director
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Amy began her career in the Illinois General Assembly working for Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, and earned her stripes in Illinois politics as a campaign manager for state legislative and Congressional campaigns. She also contributed to the marketing and development of the GIS voter tracking application used successfully in multiple states.

Amy developed communications marketing programs for the Laborers’ International Union Midwest Region and the Chicago Bar Foundation, and led public affairs and web marketing initiatives for the Chicago Bar Association.  She also created her own graphic design and marketing firm in 2002, AM Creative, serving political candidates, non-for-profit groups and small businesses.

Amy was appointed by the Illinois Governor to serve as Chairman of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, overseeing the state’s workers’ compensation court system and has eight years of public administration experience. While at the Commission, Amy managed a $38M budget, chaired four advisory boards represented by labor, business, medical provider and public sector leaders statewide, and led technology-based improvements including implementation of a case file bar code tracking system.

Amy serves on the Chicago Bar Foundation Advocacy Committee and has a Six Sigma Green Belt and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Blanca Campos, Advocacy Director
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Blanca Campos received her Bachelor’s in Political Science from Rockford College and her Master’s of Public Administration, with a concentration in Public Management, from the School of Public Service at DePaul University. As part of her academic development, Blanca took courses in Spain, Ireland, China, and India.

Prior to working for the Small Business Advocacy Council, she worked as a Community Outreach Liaison for Elliot Richardson’s Congressional Campaign and as a Litigation Paralegal for Botto Gilbert Schottland & Andrle, PC.

As a daughter of a small business owner and former co-owner of the family business, she has first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing small-scale entrepreneurs. Blanca is passionate about small business and understands the impact of small business on the stability and advancement of communities. Presently, her role at the Council provides her the opportunity to support and advocate for small business owners throughout all levels of government.

Stephanie Nommensen, Director of Committees, Communities and Chapters
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Growing up with a family-owned business, Stephanie has first-hand knowledge about what small businesses need to thrive. Stephanie’s upbringing provides the opportunity to appreciate the intricacy of business, its challenges and its rewards.  Stephanie’s experience ranges from hiring and training employees and overseeing inventory and scheduling, to the overall management of the company. 

A recent graduate with a B.S. in Managerial Studies Management from the University of Illinois Chicago, Stephanie manages the membership program for the SBAC, focusing on membership retention and recruitment and overseeing mini-meetings and membership programs. Stephanie enjoys networking with a wide
variety of people and expanding her knowledge through their expertise.

John Bart, Membership Director

Contact John at for membership information and member events including mini-meetings, new member orientations, BAG lunches and networking events.
John joined the SBAC after graduating with a B.A. in Marketing & Public Relations from Carthage College. His focus during school was advocating for his fellow students through various organizations, and he served as the President of the Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association. John’s background in school and employment at a small non-profit and the Federal Reserve Bank gives him an insight into what it takes to run a small business, and the related challenges. He enjoys networking with people to gain different perspectives in order to further his skills and expertise.

John manages the membership program for the SBAC, focusing on new member recruitment, retention, and outreach. He is excited to have joined the SBAC, and welcomes insight from each and every member.

Jacob Zine, Membership Coordinator

Contact Jacob at about Membership, Mini-Meetings, Strategic Partnerships, and Office Sharing. 

Jacob has been with the Small Business Advocacy Council since January 2013, starting off as a Social Media Intern.  As of June, 2013, he is a graduate from DePaul University, with a degree in Communications and Media.

As the Membership Coordinator, Jacob promotes upcoming events and mini-meetings through the SBAC homepage, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  He handles RSVPs for those events and contacts the venues hosting them.  He coordinates Strategic Partners and Office Sharing programs.