How much is SBAC membership?

Annual membership dues are $300 a year and include access to events at all our chapters, in addition to strategic partner offerings, committee involvement and advocacy outreach, and so much more. Dues can be paid monthly ($35), quarterly ($90) or annually ($300). The SBAC offers a reduced annual membership rate of $200 for non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.

How can I learn more about SBAC benefits and programs?

Click here to read the top five reasons to join the SBAC or contact Aaron Wimmer, Membership Coordinator, at aaron@sbacil.org to learn more.

How do I join the SBAC?

Simple! Click here to complete the SBAC registration page. 

Is my membership restricted to one chapter?

As a member you are entitled and encouraged to attend all events in all chapters. Upon joining, you are asked to select your local chapter and you may receive additional emails about events in those chapters.

How do I update my business directory page?

Send any information you would like updated to Stephanie Nommensen, SBAC Chief Operating Officer, at stephanie@sbacil.org.

How many people can I include on my business directory page?

Each membership entitles you to include information for two people from your company. An additional membership can be purchased to add another business directory page listing, and also includes an extra monthly invitation to SBAC events for your business.

Can my company donate products or services in exchange for a free membership with the SBAC?

The SBAC does not offer free memberships in exchange for products and services because there are so many generous, dues-paying members who donate their time, expertise, products and services to the SBAC.

How can I become more involved with the SBAC?

There are many ways to get involved, including joining a committee, getting involved with one of our chapter boards or Young Professionals, and becoming an ambassador. You can also get more involved with a project or policy initiative such as SBAC Connects and our current advocacy initiative to lower LLC fees. For more information, contact Aaron Wimmer, Membership Coordinator, at aaron@sbacil.org.


What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations for pre-paid events must be received twenty-four hours in advance for either reimbursement or credit for a future event.

Where can I send a suggestion for a new venue for a happy hour or mini-meeting?

We appreciate your suggestions for new venues. Please click here to read more about SBAC venue requirements and staff contact information.

How can I submit my company’s educational event or webinar?

SBAC members are encouraged to submit member-sponsored educational events for promotion on the www.SBACed.com calendar. Event submissions will take up to 72 hours to post and must be submitted 30 days or more in advance of the event date. Members may post one educational event per month on the SBACed.com calendar.

Please note members are responsible for all event fees and logistics, the SBAC will not manage the event in any way. Only educational events will be posted; networking, open houses and other related events will not be included on the calendar.

Educational event submissions, including date, time, topic(s), speaker(s), RSVP and payment links and  should be sent to Aaron Wimmer at aaron@sbacil.org. For event sponsorship and promotional opportunities, please contact Stephanie Nommensen at stephanie@sbacil.org.

How do I promote my company or organization’s news or promotional event through the SBAC?

There are a number of ways to promote Member Events and News to SBAC Membership:

SBAC Facebook Page: Post your event or other info on the SBAC Facebook Page for over 1,500 followers to see.

SBAC LinkedIn Group Page: Post your event or other info on the SBAC LinkedIn Group page for nearly 1,000 connections to view

SBAC Young Professionals Linkedin Page: Post your event or other
info on the SBAC Young Professionals Board LinkedIn Group page.

I am a candidate for public office or an elected official. Can I attend an SBAC meeting?

Candidates for public office and elected officials are encouraged to attend an SBAC event to gain insight and learn more about the needs of the small business community. Please note that no campaigning, including petition signing and distribution of campaign materials is allowed unless authorized in advance. Please RSVP in advance with Ryan Tolley at ryan@sbacil.org or 312.548.8608.

Candidates and elected officials are also welcome to become a member of the SBAC and join our collective voice of small business owners and advocates to support the growth and success of small business.


How do I join one or more SBAC committees?

 The SBAC has many committees that provide opportunities for our members to get more involved in the SBAC. View our Committees section to read about all our committees and use the contact information to learn more and join.


How can I get involved in my local SBAC chapter?

The SBAC has six local chapters that coordinate local events and programming. Head over to our Chapters section to learn more about each chapter. There, you will find contact information where you can inquire about available opportunities to become involved.


How can I share a suggestion, comment, compliment or complaint?

We welcome and encourage your feedback! Please send your comments to admin@sbacil.org.


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