Join us on Thursday, July 26th, at the White Deer Run Golf Club for a fun-filled day of golf, lunch and a dinner reception! Registration and lunch open at 10:30am. Shotgun start at 12:00pm.
Early bird pricing ends on Saturday, June 30th. Right now an individual ticket that includes a lunch, a round of golf and dinner is $200. Double and foursome options are also available at $400 and $800 respectively. Click here to register and save!
The SBAC hosted democratic gubernatorial candidates State Senator Daniel Biss, State Representative Scott Drury, Alderman Ameya Pawar and Mr. JB Pritzker for a candidate forum on September 14th. SBAC CEO, Elliot Richardson, moderated the event – keeping the discussion laser-focused on the issues that matter to small business owners.
Elliot asked specifically about LLC fee reform legislation, SB867, supported by the SBAC. Please view the video below to see the candidate responses:
We are ready to hit the ground running this fall with a jam-packed events schedule! Get ready to network, advocate and learn with the SBAC Community. Want to learn more? Check out the latest events newsletter below.
Don’t have your tickets for the SBAC Golf Outing? For ONE DAY ONLY, save $20 on an individual ticket and $100 off a foursome! Ticket code will be circulated by email on August 30th at the start of the sale!
The SBAC will host our next Venture Pitch Session event on March 8 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. This event gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to present before a panel of distinguished judges, and in front of a live audience, to generate awareness in the market and pursue funding for their company’s growth.
For more information and to register for the event, please click here.
“Winning the pitch competition was a huge high in the roller-coaster ride of highs and lows of startup world. As our first official office, it gave me and my interns a place to thrive. I really felt supported and that the business was going to grow. Joining the SBAC has vastly grown my network creating my team of CPAs, Lawyers, Investors and a host of other connections and I look forward to continuing on for many years to come. It has been one of the best parts of my experience so far and I will always be grateful.”
“The SBAC has been a strong and positive voice for small businesses in Illinois, and I can’t thank them enough. Their pitch event was extremely helpful getting our message into the business community.”
“My presentation was well attended and well received. The sophistication level of the crowd was high. Having a complex product such as ours, it was refreshing to start at a high level and move everyone up from there instead of going back to square one.”
“Winning the SBAC pitch competition was a critical moment in closing our series seed round of investing. The SBAC understands what it takes to build a business from nothing and we value their support and mission.”
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“I can’t say enough positive things about the Small Business Advocacy Council. They provide a community for small businesses and a platform for up-and-coming companies to make their voices heard. The SBAC Pitch Event is an extremely well-run, professional, fun event that all small businesses, entrepreneurs and investors should attend. Highly recommend.”
Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer, will be one of the Keynote Speakers at the SBAC & MB Financial Small Business Conference on January 26, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Elected Illinois State Treasurer in November 2014, Michael is a Certified Public Finance Officer. He was born in the Gifford, Illinois and graduated from Yale University. Michael joined the world of entrepreneurs by starting his own technology business in Champaign County.
He was elected Illinois State Senator in 2006, representing East Central Illinois. As chairman of the Higher Education Committee, he worked to make college more affordable. He also served as chairman of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee.
Learn more about Michael on the Illinois Treasurer website. Register for the SBAC & MB Financial Small Business Conference here.
Jim Schultz, CEO and co-founder of Intersect Illinois, will be one of the Keynote Speakers at the SBAC & MB Financial Small Business Conference on January 26, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Jim is a private equity executive and agribusiness entrepreneur. Before becoming CEO of Intersect Illinois, Jim was the Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce. Intersect Illinois is dedicated to increasing Illinois’ competitiveness for investment and job creation.
A fifth generation Illinoisan, Jim is a notable leader throughout Illinois. He has served as Chairman of the Board for Prime Banc Corporation, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Southeast Illinois Community Foundation, and the Effingham County Community Foundation.
He will be speaking from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Learn more about Jim on the Intersect Illinois website. Register for the SBAC & MB Financial Small Business Conference here.