Category Archives: Media Coverage

ICYMI: SBAC Founder Interview on WVON about 2019 Advocacy Agenda

Last week, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, was interviewed for the Perri Small show on WVON. He provided a comprehensive update on our Chicago advocacy agenda and our goals for working with the Pritzker Administration. You can hear the full interview here.

Mayoral Candidates Respond on Top Small Business Issue

The Small Business Advocacy Council and our coalition partners are dedicated to making Chicago a better place to own and operate a small business. As Election Day fast approaches, our members are engaged and motivated to elect a candidate that values the small business community. One of the top issues for small businesses and entrepreneurs are the challenges in the public way use permit process, especially those related to signs.

The SBAC sent out a survey to all the Mayoral candidates. We only asked one question – will you introduce and support an ordinance that eliminates the requirement that public way use permits be submitted to and approved by the full City Council? The candidate statements in full can be viewed below. Thank you to those candidates that considered this important issue.

“There’s no legitimate reason business owners should have to have their public way use permits approved by the Chicago City Council,” said Elliot Richardson, Founder and President of the SBAC. “By making the process of obtaining a permit less burdensome and processing permits more quickly, the city can ensure Chicago businesses have every opportunity to grow and create jobs.”


SBAC Hosts Chciago Mayoral Candidate Forum

The SBAC, along with a robust coalition of Chambers of Commerce and business associations, were proud to host the Chicago Small Business Mayoral Candidate Forum today. With more than 200 attendees on hand, it was the only opportunity to hear the candidates respond directly to questions about the issues impacting the small business community.

“The Mayoral candidates have participated in many events across the city, but this was a unique forum where they were asked specific questions about their plans to support small and local businesses throughout Chicago.” said Elliot Richardson, Founder and President of the SBAC. “The packed house and high energy in the room is a testament how the small business community has the ability to create critical mass and advocate with a strong voice.”

While all candidates on the ballot were invited, in attendance were Amara Enyia, Bob Fioretti, John Kozlar, Lori Lightfoot, Paul Vallas and Willie Wilson.  A full video of the discussion can be viewed below.


Albany Park Chamber of Commerce, Anderson Chamber of Commerce, Edgebrook Sauganash Chamber of Commerce, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, Illinois Sign Association, International Sign Association, Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, Little Village Chamber of Commerce, Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, Northcenter Chamber of Commerce, Old Town Merchants & Residents Association, Rogers Park Business Alliance, Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Advocacy Council, South East Chicago Commission, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Uptown United/Uptown Business Partners and West Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

Right Way Signs Makes Chicago Tribune List of Amazing Murals

Congratulations to SBAC Member, Right Way Signs Chicago, for being recognized in the Chicago Tribune’s Amazing Chicagoland Wall Murals list. The highlighted work is a mural of Abraham Lincoln at the Hotel Lincoln in Lincoln Park.

According to a blog featured on the Right Way Signs website:

The hand painted mural of President Lincoln measured 8 stories high or 80′ tall by 40′ wide. The project started in November with an average temperature of 30 degrees and took 10 gallons of paint and 5 weeks to complete.

Check out their blog for more pictures of the process and finished product.


SBAC Member Double Good Featured on the Today Show!

ICYMI – Double Good, an SBAC Premier Advocate Member, was featured this week on the Today Show for a segment titled, Food for Thought.

According to a recap on the Double Good website

The segment featured some incredible non-profit organizations we work with, like Rhythm Works and The Transition Center; an interview with our buddy Izzy Paskowitz of Surfers Healing; and a shout out to the Benson Bruins Jr Football League, who sold more than $24,000 in their first Double Good fundraiser.

But more than anything, this segment was about you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone who has ever fundraised with us or bought popcorn.

You are the reason we exist.

Congrats to Double Good for this awesome recognition! You can view the full segment here.

SBAC Expands Footprint in Central Illinois

Last month, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson was the keynote at the Economic Vision Luncheon hosted by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.

After great presentation to a full room, Elliot, was interviewed by WGLT Radio in Bloomington-Normal, and spoke about fair maps, workers’ compensation, pension reform and engaging with the incoming Pritzker Administration. You can read the coverage and hear the full interview here.

(Photo credit MARY CULLEN / WGLT)


SBAC 2018 Roundup Interview on Mighty House Radio

ICYMI – SBAC President and Founder, Elliot Richardson, was on the Mighty House Radio Show on 1590AM WCGO. The program is hosted by longtime SBAC Member, Ron Cowgilll with D/R Services Unlimited, Inc.. The discussion focused on SBAC advocacy victories in 2018 and a forecast of what to expect in 2019. You can list to the full clip below: