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Funding For Local Chambers of Commerce Funding For Local Chambers of Commerce Local chambers of commerce which support small businesses and local communities throughout Illinois have been devastated by the pandemic. Lost memberships and the inability to host fundraisers have deeply impacted chambers of commerce. With the Delta variant causing further disruptions, many chambers continue…

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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 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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The RISE Grant Program The RISE Grant Program A year and a half removed from the pandemic, small businesses across Illinois still are facing hardship on a myriad of fronts. From learning to operate in the fluid post-pandemic environment of evolving health mandates, and learning how to best serve an undiscovered niche of customers, one…

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