SBAC’s “Meet Our Nonprofits” Happy Hour

The SBAC has some great nonprofits in our membership and we want to support them by introducing them to our members and guests at this special event sponsored by our Young Professionals Group. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet each SBAC nonprofit member at their vendor table, network with our guests, participate in the special raffles for the nonprofits, and enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks. 

The venune will host up to 125 people, so please register ASAP. Please also invite guest to attend this event and help us further bring awareness to our nonprofits. 

Date & Time: March 25- 6 to 8pm

Location: Chop Shop- 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 

RSVP is required for this event!

Purchase your ticket in advance. Tickets include a drink ticket and light appetizers. 
Space is limited to 125 people for this event. 

SBAC Now Venture Pitch Session Winter 2015 *SOLD OUT*



Join us at our SBAC Now Pitch Session, hosted by Level Office, where aspiring entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses in growth mode will showcase their businesses. The event will include networking, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, appetizers, pitch presentations, and insight from key people in the venture capital space. 


Keynote Speaker 

Mark Lawrence – Founder & CEO, Spothero

spothero_ceoMark Lawrence, Co-Founder and CEO of Spothero, an on-demand parking app that allows you to search and reserve parking for up to 50% off the rate at convenient parking garages and valet stands. SpotHero was co-founded with Jeremy Smith, when he was served $5,000 in parking tickets while living with Mark Lawrence. This unique app allows you to reserve parking spots by simply researching, booking, and parking in your desired location. Parking spots are guaranteed allowing SpotHero drivers to arrive after their designated start time and leave before their end time. SpotHero was founded in Chicago and is now operating in a total of 12 U.S. cities. 


Panel of Judges

Chris Gersch PrincipleNavigate Exchange

Chris Rentner â€“ PresidentFull Ahead Ventures

Mahrinah von Schlegel – Director of Strategy and Business DevelopmentEarlyBird 

Joe Dwyer – Partner, Founder Equity

Bill Bennett – Founder & Managing Principal, Level Office

Chad Sorenson- President and Co-Founder, SunPeak 
Scott McBride – Intellectual Property Attorney, McAndrews, Held, and Malloy Ltd.


Pitch Presenters (TBA)


 The company with the highest score from the panel of judges will win a prize  package of $8,000.00 worth of goods and services:

LEVEL Office Prizes

 Prize: 12 months of free coffee and office space at LEVEL Office 

 Total Value: $4,650



 Prize: SBACNow Pitch Winner Honored at April 10th awards dinner in front of 350  people and one year membership for SBAC
 Total Value: $300

Mabbly Prize
 Prize: Digital Media package
 Total Value: $3,000
MeetAdvisors Video Interviews
Before and after the event, will be hosting video interviews with entrepreneurs. 


Level Office Tours

Level Office will be hosting exclusive tours for attendees of the Pitch Session. The tours will take place from 4:30 – 5:30 February 12th. After purchasing your ticket, please RSVP with Level Office’s Center Manager, Kayley Carswell, by email at or by phone at 312.561.5020



Driving to the event? Book prepaid parking and save with SpotHero!


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Thank You To Our Sponsors



SBAC/ MCHC Small Business Health Care Summit

The small business and medical communities have formed a strong partnership through the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC). Together, we are working to stabilize the costs of health insurance while ensuring the small business community has access to quality care. At the Small Business Health Care Summit, you will:

  • Engage with leaders in the medical and small business communities
  • Understand how prevention strategies can significantly reduce health care costs
  • Discuss how medical providers and small business owners can work together to lower health care costs
  • Learn more about the SBAC/Land of Lincoln Health insurance plan and free HSA
  • Hear about innovative provider-­sponsored insurance options.

Registration is $30 per person and space is limited. To register for this event please click here. For sponsorship opportunities please see below and check out our sponsorship packages flyer. 


Sponsored By:

Silver Sponsors:

Jeff Richardson with Eliter Ent.

Bronze Sponsors:

Chicago Health System (Macneal, Weiss, Westlake, West






Hosted by:

SBAC Wellness Committee


Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council


If you are interseted in becoming a sponsor, please click on the sponsorship packages below.




SBAC Now Venture Pitch Session

Join us at our SBAC Now Pitch Session, hosted by Arnstein & Lehr, where aspiring entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses in growth mode will showcase their businesses.

Special thanks to our pitch session sponsor Elance.

Click here to reserve your tickets.

Keynote Speaker

We welcome Keynote Speaker Steven N. Miller, a partner and co-founder of Origin Ventures. Prior to co-founding Origin, Steve spent 10 years at Quill Corporation, a direct marketer of office products started by his family in 1956. His experience there included running the Canadian distribution center as well as P&L responsibility for a $30 Million product line. Steve’s final two years at Quill were devoted to starting up the e-commerce operation. He wrote the business plan for the company’s first web site,, and managed the team that executed it to $15 Million in annual revenue. In 1998, the Miller family sold Quill to Staples and achieved a $1 Billion exit.

Pitch Presenters

Gusto: Gusto is a communication platform that provides a single view of your digital life, improving email, productivity, and digital organization for the world, on mobile, desktop, and the web.

Appoet is building new avenues to provide uninhibited access to the digital world’s opportunities in the physical world through an instant and immediate communication tool, Infused.

Whoozat is a communication platform based on groups and location. Our tool-set uses geo-location technology embedded in mobile devices to engage and locate groups of friends, co-workers, and people users care about across a broad range of applications.

Bellhop delivers your packages to youat your most convenient time so you never miss a package again.

We also welcome our prestigious panel of judges:

Leo Friedman: CEO, iPromo
Jason Henrichs, Startup Institute
Steve Miller: Co-Founder, Origin Ventures
RJ D’Orazio: Managing Principle, Leto Capital LP
Robert Jordan: Author of “How They Did It”

Click here to reserve your tickets.

SBAC Lake County Young Professional Group Happy Hour

Join us for our first Young Professionals Lake County Group event!

We are excited to be expanding our Young Professional Group into Lake County. Mix and mingle with Lake County’s finest professionals and please feel free to invite guests to attend this event as well. 

RSVP is required for this event. Tickets are $15 per person and includes a drink ticket for a beer, wine or Margarita and some delicious appetizers.

The SBAC Young Professionals Board is a committee of young and early stage entrepreneurs who assist young professionals to address the unique challenges they face in the workplace. The board promotes the SBAC mission to young professionals and facilitates interpersonal connections and professional development by hosting events with social, educational and philanthropic focus.

For questions, or to RSVP, please email Jake at

LLC Initiative Press Conference

The SBAC and our Coalition Partners applaud the Illinois Senate for passing SB 2776, which lowers LLC filing fees from $500 to $39, and series LLCs from $750 to $59. We are now calling on the Illinois House to support small business by passing this legislation.

Join us at our press conference where we’ll hear from Senator Heather Steans, Secretary of State Jesse White, and other elected officials about the importance of this legislation for small business and our local communities. We’re also proud to be joined by other business and community leaders who have been crucial in driving this initiative.

To RSVP, please contact Blanca at

The Business Event

Small Business Advocacy Council and Jewish B2B Annual “The Business Event” in Downtown Chicago!

Empowering and connecting small business! The Business Event provides a fantastic forum to introduce your business, make valuable connections, learn and grow as a community.

Join our over 100 vendors, thousands of business networkers and prominent workshop presenters that will be participating at this amazing, and FREE, event. For venue directions, click here.

Special Wellness Section for businesses in the wellness and  healthcare fields!

Click Here to Register.

Click Here for Exhibitor Package.

Click Here for Sponsorship Packages.

Click Here for Workshop Information.

 Candidates for elected office welcome. For details click here.

Thank you to our Community Partner!

Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce

A Special Thank you to our Sponsors!




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Celebrate Small Business Game Changers with the SBAC, MB Financial Bank and Land of Lincoln Health


Celebrate small business game changers at MB Financial Bank in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood as the Small Business Advocacy Council launches its new co-branded MB Platinum MasterCard® Business Card with MB Financial Bank, and the innovative Health Insurance Private Exchange with Land of Lincoln Health.

In addition to an amazing networking experience, this complimentary event will feature an array of delicious appetizers, Baderbrau Beer, VitaFrute superfruit cocktails from VeeV, and wine from Krai Wine Distribution!

Learn more about these small business game changers!

SBAC/MB Financial Bank Co-Branded MB Platinum MasterCard® Business Card
The SBAC and MB Financial Bank have partnered to bring SBAC members a small business credit card that offers important consumer protections
with the more robust online account management business people need.
The card also features an extensive rewards program and easy application

SBAC/Land of Lincoln Health Insurance Private Exchange
The SBAC has partnered with Land of Lincoln Health, Illinois’ first and only non-profit health insurance CO-OP, an innovative Health Insurance Private Exchange. Through our unique technology, the Private Exchange empowers business owners and lets them control what they want to spend while providing
employees with the freedom to choose the health care plan that’s right
for them.  All the health insurance plans available are PPOs and provide
access to an extensive network of doctors and hospitals.

Click here to register for this complimentary event!