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
Blanca Campos: 847-990-7909
April 16, 2012
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO, IL â€“ Itâ€™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.
â€œI 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,â€ 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 â€œThe 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. Itâ€™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.â€
The SBAC touts itself as a â€œfull-serviceâ€ advocacy organization that supports its members in three distinct ways:
â€¢ It offers members a voice in the arena of lawmaking and policy;
â€¢ It offers members an affinity program, which gives members an array of discounts and rebates to help lower the costs of operating a business;
â€¢ And the SBAC connects owners of small- to mid-sized businesses with other members to help generate mutually beneficial strategic partnerships.