SBAC 6th Annual Advocacy Dinner & Awards Ceremony

From: Thu, 05/04/2017 - 06:00 pm to Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:00 pm
Location: InterContinental Chicago Hotel

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Date and Time

May 4, 2017
6:00pm to 10:00pm


InterContinental Chicago
504 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States


The 6th Annual Advocacy Dinner and Awards Ceremony commemorates the achievements and success of 2016. The event also focuses on discussing our next steps to ensure that small businesses have their voices heard. Celebrate with over 250 business leaders, members and guests from throughout the Chicagoland area.

Everyone fighting to improve the Illinois economy and empower the small business community is a winner!  On May 4th, 2017, we have the honor to acknowledge the 2016 SBAC award recipients! Join us at this fundraiser event, support our advocacy efforts, walk the SBAC red carpet, and make valuable connections during our cocktail hour and dinner. This will absolutely be a night to remember!


6:00 PM Cocktail Hour

7:10 PM

Welcome by Kimberly Hughes, SBAC Board Member & Advocacy Dinner Committee Member

“Join the Conversation” Video


7:40 PM Elliot Richardson, CEO & SBAC Co-Founder

Keynote Speaker: Tom Walters, Tasty Catering

Phillip Zelkowitz Business Champion of the Year
Stephen Ball, MB Financial Bank

Advocate of the Year
Dwayne Hirsch, Hirsch Network Team of Coldwell Banker

SBAC Live Auction

Cocktails & Socializing

And the Winners are…

Advocate of the Year – Dwayne Hirsch, Hirsch Network Team of Coldwell Banker

Dwayne is a Real Estate Agent with the Hirsch Network Team of Coldwell Banker in Chicago, Illinois. He specializes in helping sellers, buyers, investors and renters achieve their goals in real estate. An SBAC member since 2011, Dwayne is a Member of the Executive Board, Board of Advisors, Policy and Membership Committees and also the host of the Hyde Park Happy Hour. Widely considered to be among Chicago’s best known networking professionals, Dwayne is committed to advocacy for small business and to the advancement of entrepreneurship in Illinois.


Phillip Zelkowitz Small Business Champion Award – Stephen Ball, MB Financial Bank

Stephen is Senior Vice President and Head of MB Financial Bank’s Business Banking group. He is responsible for products, goals, marketing, training, promotional initiatives, management, and production for all retail banking that pertains to businesses. Stephen has spent his 21 years of banking experience focused on the small business market. Along with his staff of 32, Stephen helps businesses with lending and cash management solutions while providing sound analysis of their financials. Stephen is an experienced public speaker and published author. He has presented at Kent School of Law and various chambers of commerce and networking group events.

Keynote Speaker

Tom Walter – Chief Culture Officer of Tasty Catering

Tom Walter is a “serial entrepreneur,” author, speaker and a principal in numerous companies. He is best known as the Chief Culture Officer (CCO) of Chicago-area Tasty Catering, a suburban corporate caterer and event planner that was recently named a Forbes Best Small Company in America. Tom has more than 40 years of experience as an owner and operator in the service industry. He has participated in the startup of 32 companies, is currently active in 9 of those startups, has acquired three and—in a few cases—has terminated businesses in a broad spectrum of markets. Tom remains a principal, investor and advisor for several companies, most of which are part of 80 Nine Holdings and have been co-founded by his staff. Tom is a national speaker and co-author.

Ticket Prices:

Member Admission – $175
Non-member Admission – $225
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We created a donation link for those who may not be able to attend the event, but would still like to contribute toward our advocacy efforts. Please click here to donate.



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