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SBAC District Advocate Program

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District advocates help build the SBAC’s advocacy base by creating and sustaining an ongoing working relationship with government officials. By forming permanent relationships with our government officials, we can more successfully address the political issues that impact this community at the local, state and federal levels.

The SBAC will assist these efforts by providing guidance and support via monthly newsletters, requests for action, talking points, marketing materials and trainings.

District Advocates:

  • Create and sustain relationship with local state representative and senator
  • Build support for policy initiatives of the SBAC
  • Have direct communication with elected officials including one in-person meeting during session
  • Respond to a high percentage of SBAC requests for action and support activities through social media
  • Attend policy committee meetings


  • Ability to help advance small business advocacy initiatives
  • Access to government officials and business leaders across the Chicagoland area
  • Opportunity to expand your networking circle
  • Ability to represent the SBAC at events
  • Ability to testify before the General Assembly on small business issues

For any questions, please contact Blanca Campos.

Click here for more information. 

SBAC October Member Spotlights

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John Gotschall,
Coaching Financial Concepts, Inc.

John Gotschall is the CEO & Owner of Coaching Financial Concepts, LLC, coaching business owners on managing finances, business insurance and benefits implementation. Johnny G has made a large contribution to the SBAC, going out of his way to help the organization meet it mission. Along with serving on Board of Directors John attends many meeting across Chicagoland. Stop by one of our events soon to meet John and his team.

Fran Geraci,
The Kenneth Young Center

Fran Geraci deals with Corporate relationships at the Kenneth Young Center. KYC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, comprehensive provider of mental health and senior citizens’ support services. Fran is very active in our Northwestern Suburbs Chapter helping us to establish a strong presence with the local business community. Fran is a regular at the two Northwestern Suburbs lunches each month. Stop by and say hello!

Neale Williams,

Neale Williams is the CEO & Owner of, providing small business owners with the only transparent and comprehensive support system. Neale is very engaged with our policy committee over the last few years. Helping us on a wide array of issues and weighing in from a business owners perspective. You can find Neale regularly attending our monthly policy committee meeting on the 4th Monday of the month!

SBAC Fall Soiree Dinner

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SBAC Fall Soiree Dinner

Date and Time
November 10th, 2016 from 6-9pm (dinner starts promptly at 6:30)
Tuscany in Wheeling
550 S. Milwaukee Ave,
Wheeling, IL 60090
Join us at our first suburbs Fall Soiree Dinner where you will get to meet leaders, members and guests from all of our different chapters. Get an update from SBAC’s CEO and Advocate of the Year regarding the important role small businesses play in preparing for Veto Session.

Event Price
Ticket for this event are $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers.
Dinner and two drink tickets will be included in your ticket purchase.
To purchase your tickets, please click here.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please click here.

Thank you to our Sponsors: 


Welcome New SBAC Members

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Check out SBAC’s new Members from September!

James “Jim” Jenkins
Brian Huang
Larry Hill
Northwest Suburbs
Maheen Baber
Nancy Kalman
Rory Mone
Anne Kurilich
Northwest Suburbs
Brittany Ristucci
North Shore
Jeremy Warner
North Shore
David Petranoff
Northwest Suburbs
Jenny Jeltes

Welcome New SBAC Members!

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Welcome to the SBAC new members! We are excited to get you engaged in the organization.
July’s New Members
Richie Marrero
Remo Picchietti
Lake County
Gilbert Valentine
Robert Halverson
Steve Robinson
Mike Blaze
Tom Jimokes
Thomas Iutzwig
Mike Latone
Noel Burkman
North Shore
Korinne Carroll
North Shore
Dmitry Faybysh
Allan Adaya
Stephen Hall

New SBAC Advocate Program

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Not another small business, local community, non-profit, college student, at-risk citizen or other Illinoisan should be needlessly hurt because of the inaction of our politicians.

No more time should be wasted by feuding, partisan politicians while the state’s fiscal health continues to deteriorate.

Given the increasing need for zealous advocacy in Illinois, we have now created a way to engage everyone in our advocacy efforts, including non-members.  If you are not an SBAC member, please consider becoming an SBAC Advocate so our organization can have a larger voice to advocate for the small business community.  By making a donation and becoming an Advocate, you can also receive:

By making a donation and becoming an Advocate, you can also receive:

–        An Advocacy Welcome Packet

–        A reserved spot to join the SBAC on Springfield and Washington DC trips

–        Ability to live-stream into the SBAC Policy Committee Meetings

–        SBAC’s Advocacy Newsletter & Platform to Engage your politicians

There has never been a more important time for everyone living and working in our state to get engaged.

SBAC Advocate..

SBAC 7th Annual Golf Outing

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Support Small Business on the Green! 

Join us on Monday, September 19th, at the beautiful Rolling Green Country Club for a fun-filled day of golf, lunch and dinner reception! Registration and lunch open at 10:30am. Shotgun start at 12pm. Of course, there will be many prizes for our golfers, including those that hit the longest drive and knock the ball closest to the pin.

Single/Foursome Golf (Golf * Cart * Caddie * Prizes * Club Access * Lunch ” Reception Dinner) 

Earlybird Member Single/Foursome – $299/$1000 *Earlybird Ends July 31st*

Earlybird Nonmember Single/Foursome – $350/$1200 *Earlybird Ends July 31st*

Member Single/Foursome – $350/$1200

Nonmember Single – $400/$1500

Reception Dinner (Reception Dinner ” Cocktails) 

Member Reception Dinner – $95

Nonmember Reception Dinner – $125

Date: September 19th from 10:30 AM – 08:00 PM CT
Location: Rolling Green Country Club
2525 E Rand Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Click Here to Register

Click Here to View Opportunities to Sponsor

SBAC August Member Spotlights

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Do you know of an SBAC Member who has given a lot of time to support the SBAC? Make sure to nominate them for a member spotlight! Please click here for the nomination form.

Cecilia Hamilton, Heartfelt Catering

Five years ago Cecilia transition from the corporate world to open Heartfelt Catering, helping clients achieve those memorable, intimate events that connect great food with great people. Cecilia has been integral in the growth and development of our SBAC Women in Business Group. Don’t miss the next their next event on the first Wednesday of every month for a chance to meet Cecilia.

Chuck Scharenberg, Kaizen Consulting Services, Inc.

With 20+ years of experience Chuck provides business owners and senior leaders with a structure to achieve their vision and dreams in a way that ensures sustainable growth and profit. Chuck has been a great asset to our advocacy efforts serving as a District Advocate and communicating regularly with his local officials on issues impacting the small business community. Chuck regularly attends our month Policy Committee meetings on the 4th Monday of the month. Join us at the next one to discuss small business issues!

Michael Caramagno, Caramagno + Assiociates, LTD.

In 2013, Michael decided to follow the entrepreneurial instincts he was born with and left corporate but took all his training and experiences with him and applied them to Caramagno + Associates, Ltd. Michael has been a wonderful resource to the SBAC by using his experience to provide value to SBAC members and serving on the Membership Committee. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with Michael on the first Tuesday of the month at our Chicago Member lunch or the second Wednesday of the month at our Joint event with Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.