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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

Right Way Signs Makes Chicago Tribune List of Amazing Murals

Congratulations to SBAC Member, Right Way Signs Chicago, for being recognized in the Chicago Tribune’s Amazing Chicagoland Wall Murals list. The highlighted work is a mural of Abraham Lincoln at the Hotel Lincoln in Lincoln Park. According to a blog featured on the Right Way Signs website: The hand painted mural of President Lincoln measured … more

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SBAC Member Double Good Featured on the Today Show!

ICYMI – Double Good, an SBAC Premier Advocate Member, was featured this week on the Today Show for a segment titled, Food for Thought. According to a recap on the Double Good website – The segment featured some incredible non-profit organizations we work with, like Rhythm Works and The Transition Center; an interview with our buddy Izzy Paskowitz … more

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SBAC Member SomerCor featured on Comcast Newsmakers

ICYMI – SBAC Member, Manny Flores, was featured on Comcast Newsmakers talking about the work SomerCor does to support small businesses in Illinois. Watch the full video here!

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SBAC Expands Footprint in Central Illinois

Last month, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson was the keynote at the Economic Vision Luncheon hosted by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. After great presentation to a full room, Elliot, was interviewed by WGLT Radio in Bloomington-Normal, and spoke about fair maps, workers’ compensation, pension reform and engaging with the incoming Pritzker Administration. You … more

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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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