Category Archives: SBAC News

SBAC-Backed Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit Introduced in IL Senate

Big news! A key bill in the SBAC’s state advocacy agenda was introduced in the Senate! State Senator Heather Steans (D) dropped SB1232, the Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit on February 6th.

According to the Small Business Administration, in 2018, Illinois small businesses employed 2.5 million people or 45.5% of the private workforce. Encouraging job growth to our state’s largest economic contributor is vital to ensure economic growth in the state. Under the Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit Act, businesses with under 50 employees qualified for a tax credit for each new job created. Because of sunset legislation, this law expired and needs to be reenacted. We encourage Springfield to bring back this widely used program and are excited to build momentum for this important initiative.

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.

Next Level Networking and Advocacy with the SBAC

The mission of the SBAC – providing networking, non-partisan advocacy and educational programs for the small business community in Illinois – is only possible because of the commitment of our amazing members.

Did you know that in addition to the standard membership, the SBAC offers the opportunity to take your commitment to the next level by becoming a Premier Advocate?

As a Premier Advocate, you can expect all the great benefits of a regular SBAC membership plus:

  • Exclusive access to an updated Premier Advocate directory
  • Monthly email updates from SBAC staff and leadership
  • Monthly invitation-only events including great speakers, networking and the chance to go behind the scenes at locations throughout Chicagoland
  • The opportunity to produce original content and be highlighted on the SBAC News blog and social media platforms
  • Company name/logo/link inclusion in email newsletters to the full membership
  • Receive personalized SBAC drafted content to share with your customers and clients all the hard work you are doing for the small business community
  • Special nametags and recognition at all SBAC events

Interested in learning more? Contact Kim Brisky at or visit our membership page.

Overcoming Fear of Rejection: How to Break Barriers and Achieve Success

No one wants to fail, but are you letting that impact how you run your business? Join the SBAC Women in Business Group on February 6th for a great opportunity to network and learn. This luncheon will feature a presentation titled, “Overcoming Fear of Rejection: How to Break Barriers and Achieve Success.”

11:30 am – 11:45 am – Open Networking
11:45 am – 12:00 pm – Table introductions
12:00 pm – 12:10 pm – Introductions
12:10 pm – 12:50 pm – Speaker Presentations
12:50 pm – 01:00 pm – Open Networking

Men and women are both welcome to attend and your meal is included in the ticket price.

Space is limited and prices go up at the door, so be sure to register today!

SBAC Hosting Chicago Mayoral Forum on Small Business Issues

The Small Business Advocacy Council, along with a robust coalition of Chambers of Commerce and business associations, is hosting the Chicago Small Business Mayoral Candidate Forum to hear from the candidates for Mayor on how they intend to empower small businesses across the city of Chicago. The forum will be an exclusive opportunity for business owners to hear from the candidates on issues that impact their businesses on a daily basis. The forum will begin promptly at 8:00 AM and candidates will be given a few minutes for introductions follow by questions asked by the moderator. This is a forum and not a debate, where candidates will be asked to refrain from engaging with one another on stage. Following the event, we will have a candidate meet and greet located in the Carbon Arc Bar located in the theater. Attendees are invite to stay around to talk to the candidates and campaigns during that time.

On the registration page, attendees are invited to submit a question to be asked of the candidates. We ask that your questions relate to small business issues. Due to the high volume of expect questions we will not be able to ask all questions submitted.

Please note, the SBAC is a nonpartisan organization. We do not endorse any candidates for political office and the forum we provide is intended to be an education opportunity for the residents of Chicago.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

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)


Ready to Jumpstart Your 2019?

The start of the new year is a great time to plug into a new community and network with other high caliber professionals. In addition to all the advocacy and professional development work we do, the SBAC connects entrepreneurs with other members in order to foster relationships within the community and generate mutually beneficial strategic partnerships. With about 20 opportunities a month, all over Chicagoland, there is a meeting that will fit your schedule. Check out the January preview below and the full SBAC calendar to sign up! Join us as the SBAC continues our mission to help small businesses start, stay, and succeed in Illinois!

Is Your Company One of the Best Places to Work in IL?

Are you looking to raise the profile of your business? Or perhaps get a better sense of where you stand with your employees? If so, the Best Places to Work program may be an option for you and your team.

The Best Places to Work in Illinois is a survey and awards program dedicated to recognizing the area’s best employers and providing valuable employee feedback. SBAC annual sponsor, the Daily Herald Business Ledger, is the media partner for the effort in Illinois. SBAC member companies, including 3Points and Insperity (Rosemont) were recognized in 2018.

To learn more about the program, visit or check out the flyer below:

2019 BPTW Promotion