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Byline Bank Recognizes Small Business Saturday with Small Business Advocacy Council Contribution

By patti@sbacil.org | November 25, 2021

Byline Bank Recognizes Small Business Saturday with Small Business Advocacy Council Contribution CHICAGO, IL (November 2021) – This Small Business Saturday, November 27, Byline Bank, Illinois’ top Small Business Administration lender, is recognizing the work of the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) of Illinois with a $5,000 sponsorship contribution. The SBAC is a nonpartisan member-driven…

Chicago businesses are feeling the effects of supply-chain slowdowns

By patti@sbacil.org | November 24, 2021

“Small businesses are just having a tremendously difficult time getting the supplies that they need to run their business, and, of course, this is even more concerning with the holiday season approaching,” said Elliot Richardson, president of the Small Business Advocacy Council in Chicago. He said the supply-chain problems are impacting all kinds of retailers.…

IACCE Conversation with Speaker of the House, Chris Welch

By patti@sbacil.org | November 23, 2021

The SBAC’s Elliot Richardson had the distinct pleasure of moderating the IACCE – Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives call with Emanuel Chris Welch and Office of State Representative Carol Ammons last Friday. Watch the entire conversation addressing issues such as Back to Business Grants Workforce Development Unemployment Trust Fund Child Care Tax Credit/Grant…

REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS : South Shore

By jake@sbacil.org | November 18, 2021

REVITLIZATION IN THE NEWS Residents in the South Shore are taking revitalization into their own hands, revitalizing vacant spaces in their community.   Crain’s residential real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin talks with host Amy Guth about news from the local housing market, including neighbors taking a redevelopment project into their own hands and more.  …

DHBL w/Elliot Richardson November 8, 2021

By patti@sbacil.org | November 15, 2021

SBAC President Elliot Richardson urges policymakers to adopt an economic strategy focused on local businesses and communities in his Daily Herald Business Ledger Column. READ HERE Supporters Fifth Third Bank Saul Ewing Arnstein Lehr Inland Bank Ntiva Daily Herald Tandem HR Interprenet Signature Bank Lexitas Empower Korey Richardson Open One Solutions Freeborn and Peters A…

The Small Business Package

By mrevis@sbacil.org | November 1, 2021

Many small and local businesses have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois unemployment rate remains high. Illinois politicians can partner with the small business community to enact policies that will help small businesses through this pandemic, reduce unemployment in our state, grow the Illinois workforce and generate revenue. There has never been a…

SBAC Action Call: Time For Policymakers To Deliver a Small Business Package

By mrevis@sbacil.org | November 1, 2021

SBAC Action Call: Time For Policymakers To Deliver a Small Business Package Many small and local businesses closed during the pandemic while others continue fighting to keep their doors open. The small business community has galvanized around a package of policy proposals. These policies will provide crucial support to small businesses and local communities. They…

Take the Community Survey!!

By jake@sbacil.org | October 27, 2021

Click Here to take the Community Survey! Revitalize Local Businesses and Neighborhoods Thriving commercial corridors support local communities across Chicago and Cook County.  Prior to the pandemic, however, many corridors struggled.  As Chicago emerges from the pandemic and local communities confront a new economic landscape, a strong coalition of stakeholders is needed to advocate for…

Advocating for disadvantaged commercial corridors

By patti@sbacil.org | October 11, 2021

SBAC President Elliot Richardson discusses a policy that will reduce vacant properties in struggling neighborhood business districts.  Replacing commercial vacancies with small businesses will support local communities. Supporters Fifth Third Bank Saul Ewing Arnstein Lehr Inland Bank Ntiva Daily Herald Tandem HR Interprenet Signature Bank Lexitas Empower Korey Richardson Open One Solutions Freeborn and Peters…

BLOCK CITY CHICAGO REPORTS on Commercial Corridor Revitalization

By patti@sbacil.org | October 4, 2021

BLOCK CITY CHICAGO REPORTS HYDE PARK, WOODLAWN, SOUTH SHORE Some Landlords Keep Their Storefronts Empty For Years – And Get Tax Breaks For It. Business Leaders Want To Change That Small business advocates want to limit the tax breaks property owners can get on vacant storefronts. On 79th Street, three in five storefronts were vacant…

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