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Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC)

In 2010, Elliot Richardson, the owner of a small Chicago-based law firm, was frustrated with the uphill battle facing many small business owners in the state of Illinois. He felt his community had no voice and no representation in Springfield. Richardson wanted to be part of the solution and launched The Small Business Advocacy Council to provide small businesses in Illinois every opportunity to succeed.

The SBAC is a full-service advocacy organization and empowers its members in four distinct ways. First, it offers members a non-partisan and effective voice on their behalf in Washington, DC, Springfield and Chicago. Second, the SBAC connects entrepreneurs with other members in order to foster relationships within the community and generate mutually beneficial strategic partnerships. Third, the organization offers educational programming to promote best business practices and encourage growth. Lastly, the SBAC provides exclusive benefits to its members, including an array of discounts and rebates to help lower the costs of operating a business.

MEDIA CONTACT
Kimberly Brisky
SBAC, Director of Communications & Public Affairs
(312) 505-7032
kimberly@sbacil.org

ORGANIZATION PROFILE
Small Business Advocacy Council

120 W. Madison, Suite 520
Chicago, IL 60602
312-548-8608
SBAC One-Pager


MEDIA COVERAGE

SBAC named to Governor-Elect Pritzker’s Transition Team

The Small Business Advocacy Council is excited to announce it will be represented by SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, on Governor-Elect Pritzker’s Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Transition Committee! For full details, please see our full press release below.

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SBAC 2018 Roundup Interview on Mighty House Radio

ICYMI – SBAC President and Founder, Elliot Richardson, was on the Mighty House Radio Show on 1590AM WCGO. The program is hosted by longtime SBAC Member, Ron Cowgilll with D/R Services Unlimited, Inc.. The discussion focused on SBAC advocacy victories in 2018 and a forecast of what to expect in 2019. You can list to … more

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Politicians Should Pass Legislation to Empower Small Businesses and College Graduates

The SBAC strongly supports bipartisan legislation that will empower small businesses to compete for top talent and address the student debt crisis. This is exactly the type of work politicians should be focused on in DC. According to the personal finance website, Make Lemonade, over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt is owed by more than … more

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ICYMI: SBAC Interview on 1160AM

Last week, SBAC’s Director of Communications, Kimberly Brisky, went on AM 1160 to talk about the issues impacting small businesses. She was interviewed by Whit Brisky, an SBAC Member, partner at Mauck & Baker, LLC and her dad! The full audio can be heard below:

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SBAC Members Make Their Voices Heard

This week the SBAC teamed up with the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce to host a legislative breakfast. The event featured elected officials from around the region and after introductory remarks by SBAC CEO, Scott Baskin, about 60 small business owners had the opportunity to make their voices heard. Questions focused on economic development, taxes, … more

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Chicago Business Owners Can Now Pre-Pay Some Fines

The city of Chicago announced that it will allow business owners to pre-pay fines for certain municipal violations, instead of requiring them to hire lawyers and go through the city’s administrative hearing process. The SBAC and a robust coalition worked with the city to develop this pilot program. This initiative is a big win for Chicago businesses, … more

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Governor Rauner Signs SBAC Sponsored Bill for Smarter Small Business Regulations

The Small Business Advocacy Council is proud to announce Governor Rauner signed HB5253, a bill requiring state agencies to conduct further analysis on the impact new rules have on small businesses prior to them going into effect. The SBAC worked closely with lead sponsors State Representative Carol Sente (D-59) and Senator Pamela Althoff (R-32) in … more

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SBAC featured on WGN TV for Bill Signing with Governor Rauner

Check out the bill signing coverage below on WGN TV featuring the SBAC! Last week marked the second time in less than a year that the SBAC stood with the Governor to see one of our legislative priorities signed into law. A few months ago, the SBAC spear-headed the effort to lower LLC fees in … more

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Governor Rauner Signs SBAC-Backed Bill Into Law

Today marked the second time in less than a year that the SBAC stood with the Governor to see one of our legislative priorities signed into law. A few months ago, the SBAC spear-headed the effort to lower LLC fees in our state, and today’s bill signing again reflects our mission to advance common sense … more

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SBAC Members Honored at Daily Herald C-Suite Awards

Four SBAC leaders were honored last week at the Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite Awards. This annual ceremony recognizes C-level executives for the leadership, business and civic contributions they have made to their organizations and to the suburban Chicago community. Congratulations to Stephen Ball (MB Financial Bank), Steve Banke (3 Points, LLC), Bruce Leon (TandemHR) … more

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