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The Small Business Package

The Small Business Package Many small and local businesses have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois unemployment rate remains high. Illinois politicians can partner with the small business community to enact policies that will help small businesses through this pandemic, reduce unemployment in our state, grow the Illinois workforce and generate revenue. There…

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SBAC Action Call: Time For Policymakers To Deliver a Small Business Package

SBAC Action Call: Time For Policymakers To Deliver a Small Business Package SBAC Action Call: Time For Policymakers To Deliver a Small Business Package Many small and local businesses closed during the pandemic while others continue fighting to keep their doors open. The small business community has galvanized around a package of policy proposals. These…

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Funding For Local Chambers of Commerce

Funding For Local Chambers of Commerce Funding For Local Chambers of Commerce Local chambers of commerce which support small businesses and local communities throughout Illinois have been devastated by the pandemic. Lost memberships and the inability to host fundraisers have deeply impacted chambers of commerce. With the Delta variant causing further disruptions, many chambers continue…

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Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce

Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce As a premier advocacy organization, the SBAC maintains a continuous focus on problems, red flags, and concerns that arise in all corners of the public arena. Often, the issues we keen in on are causing a negative cultural, social, or economic impact. One…

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Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational Licensing Reform Occupational Licensing Reform Occupational licenses are issued to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. The number of required licenses in Illinois has grown from a handful in the 1950’s to over 430 today. Policymakers across the political spectrum are challenging states to examine occupational licensing and its impact on reducing competition,…

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The RISE Grant Program

The RISE Grant Program The RISE Grant Program A year and a half removed from the pandemic, small businesses across Illinois still are facing hardship on a myriad of fronts. From learning to operate in the fluid post-pandemic environment of evolving health mandates, and learning how to best serve an undiscovered niche of customers, one…

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The SBAC Small Business Package

The SBAC Small Business Package THE SMALL BUSINESS PACKAGE Many small and local businesses have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois unemployment rate remains high. Illinois politicians can partner with the small business community to enact policies that will help small businesses through this pandemic, reduce unemployment in our state, grow the Illinois…

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SBAC Action Call – The Back to Business Grant Program

SBAC Action Call – The Back to Business Grant Program Urge Illinois Lawmakers to Allocate Additional Funds to the Back to Business Grant Program Small businesses and local communities have been devastated by the pandemic. Many small businesses are still struggling, and the Delta variant threatens to further hinder their recovery. No more small businesses…

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Illinois Announces Back To Business Grant Program – SBAC Testifies at Joint Committee Hearing

Illinois Announces Back To Business Grant Program – SBAC Testifies at Joint Committee Hearing Back to Business Grant Program AUG 13th – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity launched the Back to Business grant program for struggling small businesses on Wednesday.  On August 12th, the SBAC participated in a joint Illinois Senate hearing…

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Elliot Richardson’s interview with Lauren Cohn on “Connected to Chicago”

Elliot Richardson’s interview with Lauren Cohn on “Connected to Chicago” The mayor wants to eliminate red tape for small businesses to help with reopening. Small Business Advisory Council President and Co-Founder Elliot Richardson joins Connected to Chicago” to discuss what can be done.   Listen to the interview at the 3:40 minute mark here Navigate…

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