Media Kit

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 President Interviewed on Mighty House Radio 1590AM WCGO

Over the weekend, SBAC President and Co-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. In addition to a review of the 2019 policy agenda and an update on the SBAC’s engagement with the new Chicago … more

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SBAC on Hand for Signing of Lightfoot Executive Order to end Aldermanic Prerogative

SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, was on hand for the signing of newly sworn-in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first executive order. The goal of Executive Order 2019-2, is not to remove aldermanic input, but an alderman’s ability to unilaterally approve, affirm, block, or veto a departmental decision on administrative items. As soon as is feasible, all City departments … more

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DHBL Op-Ed: The small business community can create a new narrative for Illinois

After a successful joint economic forum with the Daily Herald Business Ledger, SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, expands in this piece about how the small business community can create a new POSITIVE narrative for Illinois. It is no secret that Illinois faces economic challenges. The dysfunction of our state’s government in recent years has … more

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WBEZ Story on SBAC’s Role in Lightfoot Transition Committee

As you may have seen, SBAC President, Elliot Richardson, was appointed to Mayor-Elect Lightfoot’s Good Governance Transition Committee. Elliot is actively participating on that Committee and we recently submitted a memo to the transition team. This memo advocates for eliminating the requirement that public way use permits for simple signs be approved by the Chicago … more

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WGN Radio Interview with SBAC President

Following the SBAC Springfield Lobby Day, SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, was featured on WGN Radio’s Sunday Spin with Rick Pearson. The interview provided a great overview on the status of the SBAC’s advocacy agenda, as well as items on the horizon. The final month of session in Springfield promises to be hectic and … more

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Daily Herald Business Ledger: Business experts tout collaboration at economic forum

SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, was proud to provide a legislative update and moderate an engaging panel discussion at the Daily Herald’s Small Business Economic Forum. Other participants were Mark Peterson (CEO, Intersect Illinois), Mick O’Rourke (Signature Bank), Matt Frank (Director of Economic Development for Schaumburg) and Mark Koplin (Director of Economic Development for … more

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SBAC Founder on WTTW Chicago Tonight

This week, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, appeared on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. He participated in a panel discussion on what the business community is looking for in the next Chicago Mayor. You can read WTTW’s preview here and view the full segment below.

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ICYMI: SBAC Founder Interview on WVON about 2019 Advocacy Agenda

Last week, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, was interviewed for the Perri Small show on WVON. He provided a comprehensive update on our Chicago advocacy agenda and our goals for working with the Pritzker Administration. You can hear the full interview here.

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Mayoral Candidates Respond on Top Small Business Issue

The Small Business Advocacy Council and our coalition partners are dedicated to making Chicago a better place to own and operate a small business. As Election Day fast approaches, our members are engaged and motivated to elect a candidate that values the small business community. One of the top issues for small businesses and entrepreneurs are the … more

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SBAC Hosts Chciago Mayoral Candidate Forum

The SBAC, along with a robust coalition of Chambers of Commerce and business associations, were proud to host the Chicago Small Business Mayoral Candidate Forum today. With more than 200 attendees on hand, it was the only opportunity to hear the candidates respond directly to questions about the issues impacting the small business community. “The … more

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