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SBAC Women in Business: Roundtable on Small Businesses and Child Care

By sara@sbacil.org | January 26, 2023

The SBAC Women in Business hosted a virtual roundtable with Chairman Edgar Gonzalez Jr. to discuss accessibility to affordable child care and small businesses.  It was an insightful conversation and we sincerely thank Chairman Gonzalez for taking the time out of his busy schedule to join us and for championing this legislation! We look forward…

Welcome Our New BOD Member!

By Nic | January 25, 2023

Welcome Sherry Jursa! We’re happy to welcome Sherry Jursa from PNC‘s Business Banking wing to the Empower Board. Sherry holds an MBA from Northern Illinois University and a BA from North Central College in Political Science. With over 15 years’ experience in banking, Sherry is a proven professional who strives to provide excellence while meeting…

Small Business Mayoral Forum

By emma@sbacil.org | January 11, 2023

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Legislation to Support Local Chambers Passes

By emma@sbacil.org | January 10, 2023

Many chambers of commerce were devastated by the pandemic.  However, this did not stop them from providing crucial support to local businesses. The SBAC is thrilled to report that Illinois politicians have provided 5 million dollars to support the recovery of chambers of commerce in Illinois.  The SBAC has been working to procure this funding…

Daily Herald Business Ledger Articles with SBAC President Elliot Richardson

By sara@sbacil.org | January 9, 2023

Check out all of SBAC President Elliot Richardson’s Daily Herald Business Ledger articles below 2023 2022 2021 2020 2023 January 8, 2023 Small business advocacy in 2023: Hitting the ground running 2022 December 11, 2022 Advancing the needs of Illinois small businesses in 2023 November 13, 2022 Swift action needed to restore confidence in our…

Childcare Tax Credit

By patti@sbacil.org | January 9, 2023

Authors:   Minna Pomeroy, Leverage People Leslee Cohen, All Rise Legal Counsel Employers across our state are struggling to find enough employees to support their businesses. Indeed, some businesses have been forced to scale back their operations because of a lack of employees in the workforce. The Small Business Advocacy Council is championing legislation that will…

SBAC Empower’s 2023 Impact Report

By Nic | January 5, 2023

Our Impact (Report) SBAC Empower had an incredible year in 2022.  We are proud to report our impact in the SBAC Empower 2023 Impact Report. This report is a detailed collection of data from 2019 – 2022 carefully articulated to show the impact we are making in communities throughout Chicagoland.  Check out some snippets below…

Ordinance Filed to Reduce Special Use Zoning Fees For Small Businesses

By emma@sbacil.org | January 1, 2023

The Small Business Advocacy Council has been working with a strong coalition on efforts to revitalize neighborhood business districts in Chicago.  As part of these efforts, we are advocating to reduce fees for small businesses that want to open in Chicago.  We are thrilled to report that we have worked with Alderman David Moore to…

Coalition Engagement Sparks New Chicago Zoning Guide

By patti@sbacil.org | December 31, 2022

Navigating the zoning rules in Chicago just became easier.   The newly released Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Chicago Business Zoning Guide will help small businesses and property owners more easily navigate the zoning process in Chicago.  This was crucial as chambers of commerce and small business advocates advised that clear,…

NRC New Look, New Logo, Same Mission

By patti@sbacil.org | December 30, 2022

New Look, New Logo, Same Mission In our 2nd year of actively and ardently working to revitalize neighborhoods throughout Chicago, we thought we’d bring a fresh new look to the incredible work that the SBAC and a robust group of chamber partners have spearheaded. We continue to advocate for policy reform to reduce vacancies, cut…

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