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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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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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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 Chamber Endorsement Letter Chamber Relief Grant Program Local chambers of commerce provide important support and services to small businesses.  They connect small businesses to potential customers and play a pivotal role in fostering commerce in local communities.  However, many chambers have been devastated by the pandemic.  For that reason,…

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Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce

Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce Read H.B. 3215 HB 3215 FACT SHEET Labor shortage requires unconventional hiring… Expand JPMorgan says labor shortage requires unconventional hiring, including people with criminal records PUBLISHED THU, MAR 10 20224:53 PM EST How hiring individuals with criminal records can benefit workforce… Expand How hiring individuals with criminal records can…

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Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational Licensing Reform Occupational Licensing Reform Occupational licenses are often necessary to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public. However, when these licenses are revisited by legislators, it is important they have accurate and unbiased information before determining whether and how to maintain such a license. Regulatory Sunset Review – HB5576 This legislation…

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