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The RISE Grant Program

The RISE Grant Program The RISE Grant Program As we approach year 3 of the pandemic, small businesses across Illinois still are facing hardship on a myriad of fronts. From learning to operate in the post-pandemic environment of evolving health mandates, and learning how to best serve an undiscovered niche of customers, one thing is…

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BLOCK CITY CHICAGO REPORTS on Commercial Corridor Revitalization

BLOCK CITY CHICAGO REPORTS on Commercial Corridor Revitalization BLOCK CITY CHICAGO REPORTS HYDE PARK, WOODLAWN, SOUTH SHORE Some Landlords Keep Their Storefronts Empty For Years — And Get Tax Breaks For It. Business Leaders Want To Change That Small business advocates want to limit the tax breaks property owners can get on vacant storefronts. On…

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Funding For Local Chambers of Commerce

Funding For Local Chambers of Commerce Chamber Relief Grant Program Local chambers of commerce support small businesses and local communities. Losses in membership and fundraising opportunities since the onset of the pandemic have caused many chambers of commerce to be financially impaired. With the virus causing further disruptions, many chambers continue to struggle, and some…

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Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce

Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce As a premier advocacy organization, the SBAC maintains a continuous focus on problems, red flags, and concerns that arise in all corners of the public arena. Often, the issues we keen in on are causing a negative cultural, social, or economic impact. One…

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Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational Licensing Reform Occupational Licensing Reform Occupational licenses are issued to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. The number of required licenses in Illinois has grown from a handful in the 1950’s to over 430 today. Policymakers across the political spectrum are challenging states to examine occupational licensing and its impact on reducing competition,…

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