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Skokie Town Hall Highlights


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On September 17th, The SBAC held its first in a series of town halls on the proposed graduated income tax. Hosted with the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce, members of the SBAC, and the Chamber, had the opportunity to engage with elected officials and directors about how the graduated income tax would affect their lives, communities, and businesses.

President of the SBAC, Elliot Richardson, moderated the panel of participants include Illinois Department of Revenue Director, David Harris, Senator Bill Cunningham (S-18th), Representative Justin Slaughter (H-27th), and President of the Village of Orland Park, Keith Pekau.

The discussion included several topics including how the graduated income tax would address deficit issues in Illinois, if the new proposal would provide relief property taxes, and how local governments would benefit from the initiative’s revenues. For more details about the event, check out this article in the Chicago Tribune.

Our next town hall will be held on October 3rd at the Skokie Public Library, with the Skokie Chamber of commerce. Our panelists include Senator Ram Villivalam (S-8th), Senator Laura Fine (S-9th), and Representative Mark Kalish (H-16th).

September 17th Orland Park Town Hall proved successful


By: 1244

On September 17th, The SBAC held its first in a series of town halls on the proposed graduated income tax. Hosted with the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce, members of the SBAC, and the Chamber, had the opportunity to engage with elected officials and directors about how the graduated income tax would affect their lives, communities, and businesses.

President of the SBAC, Elliot Richardson, moderated the panel of participants include Illinois Department of Revenue Director, David Harris, Senator Bill Cunningham (S-18th), Representative Justin Slaughter (H-27th), and President of the Village of Orland Park, Keith Pekau.

The discussion included several topics including how the graduated income tax would address deficit issues in Illinois, if the new proposal would provide relief property taxes, and how local governments would benefit from the initiative’s revenues. For more details about the event, check out this article in the Chicago Tribune.

Our next town hall will be held on October 3rd at the Skokie Public Library, with the Skokie Chamber of commerce. Our panelists include Senator Ram Villivalam (S-8th), Senator Laura Fine (S-9th), and Representative Mark Kalish (H-16th).

Click here for more details about our upcoming town hall.

 

What is SBAC Empower?


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If you’ve been with the SBAC for long enough, you’ve likely seen SBAC Empower’s logo or articles in passing. But what is this mysterious SBAC Empower that is so prominent around our pages?

SBAC Empower, our 501(c)(3) sister organization, was founded to provide resources to aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs in economically challenged neighborhoods across Chicagoland. The foundation of a neighborhood is its small business community. Small businesses employ neighborhood residents, provide neighborhood services and are the center of neighborhood activities. Helping businesses start, grow and flourish can be a game changer in a struggling community.

SBAC members know that starting a new business is a challenging and oftentimes lonely pursuit. To assist new entrepreneurs, Empower provides trained mentors to support and guide entrepreneurs through their journey. These mentors are SBAC members who understand the challenges of getting a business up and going because they have seen it first-hand and can offer invaluable advice and support. Having a mentor who is only concerned about your success is an invaluable resource.  Empower recently partnered with the North Lawndale New Covenant Community Development Corporation and is providing mentors to startup businesses and entrepreneurs in North Lawndale. In addition to mentoring, Empower provides speed coaching to business owners and has a portal on it’s website that is a one-stop shop for resources for small business owners. If you need subject matter expertise, are looking for a product or service for your business or need to understand a city or state ordinance or law, check out Empower’s resource portal.

Want to help? Empower is looking for mentors. Contact info@sbacempower.org if you are or know someone who would like to serve as a qualified mentor.

Empower is just getting started and would love to have you on their journey to make Chicago a great place for small businesses in all our neighborhoods.