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WGN News Highlights Policy Change for Vacant Storefronts

Help Us Reduce Vacancies in Local Communities! SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE WGN News Highlights Policy Change for Vacant Storefronts Vacant storefronts litter neighborhood business districts in disinvested communities, causing blight, impacting safety, and depressing economic activity. Because of the negative impact of vacant properties in neighborhoods across the city, a robust coalition of chambers and place-based…

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Proposed Updates to Chicago’s Retailer and Food Vendor Rules

Visit the BACP website SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Proposed Updates to Chicago’s Retailer and Food Vendor Rules The Department of Business and Consumer Affairs (BACP) has published proposed updates to the City of Chicago’s Retailer Rules. The Department has also introduced certain rules for food vendors.   BACP is accepting public comments until February 26, 2024,…

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The Debate Over The Chicago Real Estate Transfer Tax

Download pdf here SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Register for the SBAC Informational Webinar: The Chicago Real Estate Transfer Tax HERE. The Debate Over The Chicago Real Estate Transfer Tax Chicago is a tremendous city with a proud tradition. Our great city, however, faces multiple challenges, including persistent economic headwinds and an increase in homelessness. Economic development…

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Support Chicago Small Businesses By Reducing Red Tape

Download pdf here SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE SUPPORT CHICAGO SMALL BUSINESSES BY REDUCING RED TAPE Policymakers can support small businesses and revitalize neighborhood business districts by cutting red tape, streamlining processes, and reducing the costs of launching and expanding Chicago businesses. This is a crucial time to break down barriers that cause unnecessary hardships for local businesses…

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Chicago Paid Time Off Ordinance Implementation Delayed!

Chicago Paid Time Off Ordinance Implementation Delayed! SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Helpful Resources: View the English webinar on Chicago’s Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance HERE. View the Spanish webinar on Chicago’s Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance HERE. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Flyer Informational Flyer View the Proposed PTO…

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Join the Small Business Advocacy Council’s District Advocate Program!

Join the Small Business Advocacy Council’s District Advocate Program! Download the District Advocate Program One-Pager Insights Archive Insights Archive Select Month February 2024 January 2024 December 2023 November 2023 October 2023 August 2023 July 2023 June 2023 May 2023 April 2023 March 2023 February 2023 January 2023 December 2022 November 2022 October 2022 August 2022…

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Embrace the Spirit of Giving: Shop Local This Holiday Season

Embrace the Spirit of Giving: Shop Local This Holiday Season The holiday season is upon us, and as we gear up for the festivities, there’s no better way to spread joy than by supporting small businesses in our community. Chicago, with its vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, is home to a plethora of unique local shops,…

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Twenty-Eight Groups Send Letter to Chicago City Council Members on PTO Ordinance

Twenty-Eight Groups Send Letter to Chicago City Council Members on PTO Ordinance City Council has passed a PTO ordinance that provides greatly expanded paid and sick leave for Chicago employees. The ordinance, however, subjects small businesses to crushing penalties and lawsuits. Many small businesses will also be unable to comply with the mandates of the…

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Empowering New Businesses: Illinois Launches Back to Business (B2B) NewBiz Program

Illinois Launches Back to Business (B2B) NewBiz Program The application window for the B2B NewBiz program opens on November 30, 2023, and will remain open until January 11, 2024. The Small Business Advocacy Council has advocated for a program that provides grant funding to businesses that launched in 2020 (prior to the pandemic) and in…

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Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance

Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance A press conference was held at City Hall to highlight concerns with the PTO ordinance and ask that changes to the ordinance be made. Hear from business owners, community advocates, and local chambers who passionately discussed their concerns and suggested possible improvements to the ordinance…

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