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Welcome to the SBAC

We believe the success of small businesses is a critical component of local communities and the nation’s economy. The SBAC has spent the last decade alongside small business owners fighting for reasonable policies that foster a healthier small business environment - economically, socially, and culturally.

Our non-partisan approach continues to shape local, state, and federal small business legislation.

Advocacy Matters

The SBAC is laser focused on improving the small business environment through nonpartisan advocacy and grassroots engagement. View our full list of advocacy initiatives here.

Hey Chicago!

The SBAC asked Chicago elected officials for their thoughts on pressing issues relevant to small businesses and neighborhood revitalization.

Transforming Vacant Properties into Thriving Small Businesses

Reducing vacancies in neighborhood business districts is a collective effort that will support and revitalize local communities throughout Cook County. By taking advantage of these property tax reductions and promoting occupancy, we can transform vacant properties into thriving small businesses.

Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition

The SBAC and a coalition of engaged stakeholders have come together to revitalize, empower, and connect commercial corridors in the Chicagoland area. This coalition addresses the vacant property crisis in Cook County and encourages local investment in communities.

Property Taxes

The SBAC is formulating its 2024 state agenda and property taxes will be a big priority. We will be advocating for legislation focused on reducing property taxes and providing relief for small businesses. Stay tuned for more information!

Thank you SBAC Partners

The Partners of the SBAC are instrumental in the effectiveness of our organization. View all current SBAC Partners here or click below to become one today!

Zoning Reform

The Small Business Advocacy Council has been working with a strong coalition on efforts to revitalize neighborhood business districts in Chicago.  As part of these efforts, we are advocating to reduce fees for small businesses that want to open in Chicago.

SBAC Empower

SBAC Empower was founded in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit business and community education organization. SBAC Empower focuses on areas with fewer resources and funding and works alongside the SBAC to build these communities through mentorship, education, and advocacy initiatives. Some of the communities we have helped include Greater Englewood, North Lawndale, South Shore, Cook County Jail, Logan Square, Greater Roseland, Woodlawn, and more.

SBAC Business Directory

The SBAC boasts a robust Business Supporter, Promoter, and Partner database spanning a myriad of industries. Our incredible supporters are listed in our directory to be discovered by potential new clients and SBAC stakeholders.

SBAC Testimonials

"Nonpartisan", "real connections, great people and a mutual desire to help", "a bridge between everyone, "immediately impressed and drawn to their mission" ... hear from our business supporters on why they are involved with the SBAC!

Join Today!

The SBAC is community where business owners of all backgrounds come together. Joining our organization immediately gives you the opportunity to get engaged in educational events, advocacy initiatives, and networking groups.

Upcoming Events


SBAC 2023 Holiday Party

December 2, 2023

The Small Business Advocacy Council invites you to celebrate the holidays at the George Street Pub on…

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Twenty-Eight Groups Send Letter to Chicago City Council Members on PTO Ordinance

December 1, 2023

City Council has passed a PTO ordinance that provides greatly expanded paid and sick leave…

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Empowering New Businesses: Illinois Launches Back to Business (B2B) NewBiz Program

November 28, 2023

Illinois Launches Back to Business (B2B) NewBiz Program The application window for the B2B NewBiz…

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Small Business Grants in Illinois

November 27, 2023

It’s tough to run a small business. We know that funding is always top of…

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