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Home NRC Policy Agenda NRC Calendar Gallery NRC Blog Contact Us The Small Business Advocacy Council and a coalition of engaged stakeholders have come together to revitalize, empower, and connect commercial corridors in the Chicagoland area. This is a collaborative effort involving grassroots engagement, policy advocacy, and educational initiatives. Our coalition looks to address the…

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Daily Herald Business Ledger Articles with SBAC President Elliot Richardson

Daily Herald Business Ledger Articles with SBAC President Elliot Richardson Check out all of SBAC President Elliot Richardson’s Daily Herald Business Ledger articles below 2022 2021 2020 2022 September 18, 2022 Policymakers should prioritize established and new small business August 21, 2022 Defining Small Business Champions by their actions, not their words July 24, 2022…

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Coalition Engagement Sparks New Chicago Zoning Guide

Coalition Engagement Sparks New Chicago Zoning Guide Navigating the zoning rules in Chicago just became easier.   The newly released Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Chicago Business Zoning Guide will help small businesses and property owners more easily navigate the zoning process in Chicago.  This was crucial as chambers of commerce…

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SBAC Policy Committee

SBAC Policy Committee The SBAC policy committee formulates policies that will support the small business community.  Our agenda is HERE, but more will undoubtedly be added! Drop us a line and let us know what policies might support your small business. Navigate Action Calls Advocacy CCRC Empower Events Information Lawyers Corner Member Communities Member Relations…

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General Assembly Passes Occupational Licensing Reform!

General Assembly Passes Occupational Licensing Reform! General Assembly Passes Occupational Licensing Reform Occupational licenses can create unnecessary barriers for Illinois residents looking to start new jobs. Occupational licenses can also create roadblocks for entrepreneurs that would like to start new businesses. House Bill 5576 unanimously passed the Senate and will go to the Governor! This…

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Regulatory Sunset Act Amendment to Help Local Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Regulatory Sunset Act Amendment to Help Local Businesses and Entrepreneurs We did it!  Legislation amending the Regulatory Sunset Act passed the Senate unanimously! This bill lowers barriers for licensed applicants while still addressing genuine public safety concerns.  After passing in the House – it now moves on to the Governor.  Click here to read more about…

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You’re Invited to The Rebound!

You’re Invited to The Rebound! The SBAC and A Safe Haven are thrilled to invite you for a LIVE and IN-PERSON evening you won’t forget! It will be our first big live event of the year, and with the mask mandate now lifted, we hope to see many of you face-to-face once again.   Join…

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Back to Business Grants Action Call

Back to Business Grants Action Call Illinois Policymakers Should Support Small Businesses The pandemic and COVID-19 mitigations began inflicting immense damage to small businesses in March 2020.  Thousands of small businesses initially applied for Illinois Business Interruption Grants.  While these grants helped some small businesses, approximately 80% of applicants were not awarded a grant. Illinois…

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Legalization of Sandwich Signs to Help Local Businesses

Legalization of Sandwich Signs to Help Local Businesses After persistent support from the SBAC to legalize sandwich signs, in June 2021, Chicago Alderman voted to adopt a new policy on sandwich signs, which will go into effect NEXT WEEK. On March 1, 2022, Chicago small businesses can officially use “A-frame” or sandwich signs on the…

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OpEd: Crains Chicago Business

OpEd: Crains Chicago Business February 08, 2022 11:34 AM A Labor Shortage Creates an Opportunity to Help the Homeless Illinois politicians should engage those leading the fight against homelessness and also engage small-business advocates to explore how to prepare homeless individuals for a return to the workforce. ​​​​​​​ NELI VAZQUEZ ROWLAND ELLIOT RICHARDSON Read the…

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