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5/10 Talking Points

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Dear SBAC leader,

Although the weather this weekend suggested otherwise, summer is upon us. Please check out the what we have planned in the upcoming weeks and months.

Advocacy- The final push for Crowdfunding! We will be sending the team down to Springfield again this week to continue our push to make access to capital for small businesses a less burdensome reality! Stay tuned as we will send out calls to action if necessary, we are always looking to strengthen our coalition, if you know any Chamber or Association Directors or CEO’s, please connect us so we can get them on board!

Events- Check the Calendar for these upcoming events: May- SBACNow Venture Pitch Session, June- Residential Real Estate Community 3rd Quarter market forecast event, July SBAC/WBDC women’s business certification forum, and August, the 5th Annual SBAC Golf outing and day at the club!!!!

Special Announcement: Over the course of the next two weeks we will be sending out important e-mails regarding the new CRM and website. We are so excited to bring the SBAC members new technology that will add value to your membership as well as make it easier to navigate the SBAC membership benefits, calendar, and member directory.

Have a great week!


Talking Points 4/6

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Dear Advocates,

Thank you for all that you do. We have a busy April ahead of us with some great events.

Talking points:

This Friday is the Advocacy Awards Dinner 6-11 at the Cultural Center…

Tickets are still available. We are honoring several SBAC members for their accomplishments and are looking forward to seeing everyone at this signature event!!

April 23rd: SBAC / Jewish B2B Annual trip to Springfield

Spend the day with fellow members as we lobby our issues with our elected officials…

The Membership Resource Directory was sent out to our members as well as 15,000 businesses via the Daily Herald’s Business Ledger. if you haven’t received a copy or would like to update your information please contact We will be sending another hard copy out later this year!

Strategic Partner Hildebrand Creative Extends their Exceptional Offer on Video Marketing Packages

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Need to promote your business through social media video but not sure how to get started? We are thrilled to announce that Hildebrand Creative is extending their special pricing exclusively for SBAC Members on Video Marketing Packages.

Hildebrand Creative will produce your first video, and develop a comprehensive programming plan, all for just $749, a significant discount for a start-up package.

For more than 20 years, Dennis Hildebrand has designed, produced, implemented and tracked the effectiveness of integrated corporate communication and awareness programs for large and small organizations across the country.

Contact Hildebrand Creative today to get started telling your unique business story through social media video!

Check us out on You Tube

Read more about Hildebrand Creative and our other Strategic Partners in our Strategic Partners section.

SBAC Wellness Event Lunch this Thursday: Make Wellness a Part of Your Life

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Check out the next SBAC Wellness Event Lunch this Thursday, April 26 at noon at Karyn’s Raw, 1901 North Halsted Street, Chicago.

In addition to focusing on self-care and healthy diet, wellness events are a great place to network and talk a little business. To RSVP, contact Arthur Hebbard at or at 847-990-7909

You can find more healthy restaurants with tasty offerings at the SBAC Events page. All healthy breakfasts and lunches are designated as Wellness Events. We look forward to seeing you there!


4/26 SBAC Lunch in Evanston Venue Change!

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We will now be meeting for lunch at Tommy Nevin’s Pub in Evanston!Join our SBAC members on Thursday, April 26th, at Tommy Nevin’s Pub at 12pm. With the success of our first lunch in Evanston, we will begin holding monthly luncheons on the 4th Thursday of every month. These lunches provide folks with an opportunity to meet, catch up, and talk a little business.

Tommy Nevin’s Pub is located at 1450 Sherman Avenue

Please RSVP with Arthur at

We look forward to seeing you all then!

For more SBAC events, visit:

Complete the Online SBAC Government Contract Survey Today!

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In an effort to assess members’ interest in pursuing government contracts and the most essential resources needed, the SBAC Contracts Committee is conducting a short online survey of all SBAC members. With only seven questions, the survey should take less than five minutes. Your input will assist the committee to develop the most relevant programming and resources for membership. Click here to view and complete the survey.

Check out SBAC Strategic Partner Michael Ericksen P.C.

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Michael Ericksen P.C. can help you improve the management of your sales and customer service departments with Sage CRM. We offer a special discounted rate on Consulting Services such as Implementation, Customization and Training to SBAC members. 5% off the SLA (Service Level Agreement). 10% back on SLA purchase and all consulting fees charged.

We tailor software solutions to help run you business. We work with small to midsized business on their Accounting, ERP software and Customer Relationship Management Software (CRM). We provide your employees access to the data they need to do their jobs. We help a business become more efficient and effective by upgrading, modifying or implementing a whole new software solution.

Contact Kari-Ann to start a free 30 day trial!

Kari-Ann Ryan Sales and Marketing Director, CRM Expert
Michael Ericksen P.C.
1515 E. Woodfield Road Suite 670
Schaumburg IL 60194

SBAC Advocacy Awards Dinner Tonight!

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We look forward to seeing everyone at the Chicago Cultural Center for this special night of celebration and recognition. We would like to thank and acknowledge our Sponsors. It is through their support that this night is possible. Thank you for supporting the Small Business Community!

Advocacy Dinner and Awards Ceremony Sponsors:

Champion Sponsor

Jeff Richardson, Elliter

Advocate Table Sponsors
Steve Jaffe, eDot
Jeff Gordon, Duff & Phelps

Policy Sponsor
Steve Bank, 3-Points
Michael Bromiley, Gentry Venture Partners

Business Sponsors
Joe Demarco, DeMarco Sciaccotta Wilkens & Dunleavy
Steven Goldberg, Total Insurance
Brian Mack, Mack Law Group
Patrick Markey, Law Offices of Patrick Markey, P.C.
David Davis, Davis Audio & Video LLC
Tim Whiting, Whiting Law Group. Ltd
Corey Gasman, Gasman Design
Marc Blumenthal, Law Offices of Marc N. Blumenthal
David Frank, Somercor 504
Marco Maggiore, SaberGuard ID Theft Protection
Matthew Simpson, Strategic Document Solutions Inc.
Barbara Levinson, Barbara Balloons

We would also like to thank Dr. Sandy Goldberg, NBC Chicago’s Health and Nutrition Contributor, for being tonight’s Emcee.

We’ll see you all tonight!

SBAC Advocacy Awards Dinner Tomorrow!

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Don’t forget to join us at our Advocacy Awards Dinner Tomorrow! Join the SBAC business community and our guests for a night of celebration and recognition at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center.

The evening will be comprised of networking and cocktails, dinner, speakers, silent and live auction. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to mix and mingle with amazing folks!

Check out our latest Press Release on our event:

Small Business Advocacy Council to Hold Annual Dinner
Champion for Illinois Small Businesses Grows to 450 members in 2 years

For More Information: Jim Perez
Mobile: 708.341.3953
Blanca Campos: 847-990-7909

April 16, 2012

For Immediate Release

CHICAGO, IL – It’s usually a disappointment when someone loses a race for an elected position. But when Elliot Richardson lost his 2010 run in the Democratic primary for the 10th congressional district seat, his loss became a win for small businesses in Illinois.

Richardson had based his run on a platform of small business advocacy. An attorney since 1998, he was frustrated with the uphill battle many owners of small- to mid-sized businesses were experiencing.

“I felt that they (small businesses) had no voice, no representation in the laws governing small businesses so I launched the Small Business Advocacy Council. The SBAC was born out of my desire to provide small- to mid-market businesses every opportunity to succeed,” Richardson said.

Today the SBAC has more than 450 members, and will hold its first Advocacy and Awards Dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. April 19 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Among the highlights of the event will be an auction featuring a piece by nationally acclaimed Chicago artist Carlos Jimenez.

Steve Banke, Chair of the SBAC health insurance committee, said “The SBAC is a shining example of what is best about America. Against enormous odds, they have shown they can shake the foundation of any challenge to its core. It’s a story of people helping people to succeed despite the state of things in the world. And it has proven to me that a focused group of dedicated minds can achieve whatever they want in the U.S.A.”

The SBAC touts itself as a “full-service” advocacy organization that supports its members in three distinct ways:

• It offers members a voice in the arena of lawmaking and policy;
• It offers members an affinity program, which gives members an array of discounts and rebates to help lower the costs of operating a business;
• And the SBAC connects owners of small- to mid-sized businesses with other members to help generate mutually beneficial strategic partnerships.

Check out our April Legislative e-News!

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This week the SBAC sponsors its first annual Advocacy Dinner and Awards Ceremony, which promises to be a amazing night of celebration and recognition of leaders within the small business community who have advanced the small business cause. Tickets are still available and proceeds will go toward future advocacy efforts.

If you’re wondering how effective the SBAC is in its small business advocacy efforts, you need only to read on to see how the SBAC has already impacted Illinois public policy, while becoming an important small business resource in the eyes of many elected and appointed public officials statewide and on a national level.

Due to the advocacy efforts in large part by the SBAC, the Illinois Department of Insurance has opted to authorize health care cooperatives in the state, while the Illinois Department of Employment Security is seeking guidance from the SBAC on implementation of a new unemployment program that will promote entrepreneurship and boost the economy. Meanwhile, the State of Illinois released its first annual report on small business procurement contracts, and a list of small business contract seminars is included. The SBAC has also been asked to weigh in on small business and entrepreneurial issues on a national level in Washington DC later this month.

While these victories are only the beginning of the SBAC’s advocacy efforts to advance small business issues, our continued success begins and ends with you. Whether attending the Advocacy Awards Dinner, contacting your legislator, traveling to Springfield or Washington to meet with legislators, or contributing to policy development, every effort moves the cause forward, and it is vital SBAC membership continues to work together to ensure our state and local governments are friendly to small business – which we all know is the backbone of our economy.

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