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NRC Community Survey Has Been Extended!

NRC Community Survey Has Been Extended! Thriving commercial corridors and neighborhood business districts can support local communities across Chicago and Cook County.  However, many commercial corridors are struggling.  We are looking for your feedback and insight on how to revitalize and empower commercial corridors.  Please take a moment to fill out this short survey so…

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SUPPORT NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DISTRICTS

SUPPORT NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DISTRICTS SUPPORT NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DISTRICTS BY REDUCING COMMERCIAL VACANCIES Struggling neighborhood business districts are often plagued by vacant properties. These commercial vacancies impact local economies, foster criminal activity and devastate communities. Local governments can reduce the property taxes owed by commercial property owners when their properties, or a portion of those properties,…

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SBAC Business Buzz – January 2022

SBAC Business Buzz – January 2022 SBAC Business Buzz – January 2022 Welcome to the inaugural episode of our new video series, SBAC Business Buzz, featuring Elliot Richardson’s update on SBAC initiatives impacting the Illinois small business community. Today’s 3-minute recap focuses on Back to Business Grants, Workforce, Occupational Navigate Action Calls Advocacy CCRC Empower…

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Press Release: Illinois Legislative Leaders Support a Small Business Agenda

Press Release: Illinois Legislative Leaders Support a Small Business Agenda JANUARY 18, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Patti Zikmund // 773-459-3301 // patti@sbacil.org The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC), and a coalition of 50 state-wide business organizations, is working with Illinois political leadership on multiple pieces of legislation supporting small business for the upcoming…

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REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: Illinois Announces $8.4 Million in Small Business Grants

REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: Illinois Announces $8.4 Million in Small Business Grants “A strong pandemic economic recovery includes recognizing that some communities have long been denied their fair share of resources,” said Governor JB Pritzker. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has announced on Monday, January 10th that $8.4 million in new additional…

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The RISE Grant Program

The RISE Grant Program The RISE Grant Program The pandemic has had a significant impact on the Illinois workforce. Small businesses are still struggling to hire qualified employees which has greatly impacted their operations.  Illinois policymakers will need to promptly pass forward-thinking policies to help get folks back into the workforce. The SBAC is advocating…

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Childcare Tax Credit

Childcare Tax Credit One issue that has lead many to put off re-entering the workforce from the pandemic fallout is the cost and difficulty in terms of finding affordable and quality childcare. The SBAC has determined it is such a significant issue that it has been added to our agenda for the 2022 Spring Session.…

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CDC Shortens Quarantine Period and OSHA Updates Guidance on the ETS

CDC Shortens Quarantine Period and OSHA Updates Guidance on the ETS The last two weeks have provided a rollercoaster ride for employers as they grapple with the resurrection of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, updated guidance from OSHA on the testing protocols…

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