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New PPP Rules for Sole Proprietors and Businesses with 20 or fewer Employees New PPP Rules for Sole Proprietors and Businesses with 20 or fewer Employees From February 24th to March 9th, the Small Business Administration will accept applications for PPP loans for sole proprietors and businesses with fewer than 20 employees. The move is…

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ACTION CALL! Legislation To Get People Back To Work Legislation To Get People Back To Work State Representative Gong-Gershowitz has filed the RISE Act.  This legislation will get people back to work and support small businesses.  The RISE Act (House Bill 0801) creates a tax incentive for businesses that retrain and hire employees who have…

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Business Interruption Grant Program IL – Many small and local businesses were devastated by the pandemic but only 20% of applicants received Illinois Business Interruption Grants.  Watch coverage of SBAC President Elliot Richardson testifying before the Illinois Senate Commerce Commission about the need for an improved and more inclusive process in the future.   Watch…

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Summarization of EEOC Vaccine Guidelines December 16th – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has addressed the most common employer questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. As of now, there are currently no state or federal laws that prohibit employers from requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment, however, employees can refuse to get the vaccine…

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Rebuilding Lives and Businesses Hard-working Americans had no idea what was coming in February of 2020.  It seemed unfathomable that many small businesses would face the possibility of permanently closing or their employees would be without jobs in the spring.   With the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, the situation for both small businesses and their…

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Ordinance Makes It Easier for Entrepreneurs to Operate Home-Based Businesses in Chicago January 25, 2021 RE: Ordinance Makes It Easier for Entrepreneurs to Operate Home-Based Businesses in Chicago  The pandemic has cost Chicagoans jobs and recently unemployed individuals may explore starting their own business. However, these budding entrepreneurs may not have the funds to rent…

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Crucial Legislation Filed to Get People Back to Work RISE Action Call – SIGN HERE PRESS RELEASE: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, February 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz has filed the RISE Act in the General Assembly.  The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) urges legislators to pass the RISE Act (Recovery Initiative to Support…

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Business Interruption Insurance WHAT IS BUSINESS INTERUPTION INSURANCE? The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities. The pandemic is also causing tremendous financial hardship on small and local businesses. Typically, businesses will carry business interruption insurance to cover for potential extended closures caused by extraordinary circumstances. Competent business owners have…

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Legislation to Help Black Owned Businesses Receive a Fair Share of State Contracts READ H.B 2629 HERE TAKE ACTION Black Owned Businesses Deserve Access to Government Contracts Illinois has failed Black and African American owned businesses by failing to provide them access to state contracts.  For too long, they have been denied a fair share…

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Chicago’s Cut Red Tape Agenda CHICAGO’S CUT RED TAPE AGENDA The small business community has been devastated by the pandemic. Swift action is necessary to help small and local businesses recover. This is the time for policymakers to eliminate costly and unnecessary red tape. The Small Business Advocacy Council and a robust coalition of business…

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