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PPP Funding for Businesses and Non-Profits Webinar

By mrevis@sbacil.org | January 1, 2021

WATCH: Congressman Brad Schneider from Illinois’ 10th district, Bo Steiner from the Small Business Administration, and Elliot Richardson President of the SBAC spend one hour answering questions about the second round of PPP relief. The SBAC is grateful to have had the chance to participate in this webinar on PPP Funding for Businesses and Non-Profits.…

What 2021 Could Mean for Small Businesses

By patti@sbacil.org | January 1, 2021

January 20, 2021 By Elliot Richardson Small Business Advisory Council SBAC President Elliot Richardson’s column discusses the Business and Economic Outlook Forum hosted by the Daily Herald Business Ledger.  The piece highlights the need for legislation that provides financial resources for small businesses to retrain and hire Illinoisans who have lost their jobs or businesses…

2020 to 2021 The Changing Landscape for Employment, Insurance and Lending

By patti@sbacil.org | December 28, 2020

While mental health issues in the workplace have been a concern for some time, this past year, COVID-19 has shown the challenges employees are facing have spiked dramatically.  Hear from Jason Tremblay on how this will impact both employers and their employees in the video. Stephen Ball from Fifth Third discusses automatic forgiveness for PPP…

Univision entrevista a Neli Vasquez-Rowland

By patti@sbacil.org | December 18, 2020

Muchas gracias a univision para su reportaje sobre nuestra campaña conjunta con a Safe Haven Foundation para mantener a las pequenas empresas aflote y para prestar asistencia a las personas mas necesitadas durante este periodo tan dificil.

Daily Herald 2021 Economic Outlook Webinar

By patti@sbacil.org | December 11, 2020

We were grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Daily Herald 2021 Economic Outlook Webinar. Elliot talked about state legislation that can help individuals, families, small businesses and local communities recover from the pandemic. To watch the webinar, visit our “In The News” section or simply CLICK HERE.

SBAC and A Safe Haven on WCPT Chicago

By steve@sbacil.org | December 11, 2020

Elliot Richardson and Neli Vasquez-Rowland on WCPT with Joan Esposito On December 3rd, Elliot Richardson, President and Co-Founder of SBAC and Neli Vasquez-Rowland, Founder and President of A Safe Haven were hosted on WCPT Chicago with Joan Esposito discussing the situation of homelessness and small businesses in Chicago. With the pandemic affecting small businesses on…

Congress Must Provide Relief to Local Chambers and Business Organizations

By jamie@sbacil.org | December 4, 2020

Congress Must Provide Relief to Local Chambers and Business Organizations Local chambers of commerce and business organizations provide crucial support to the small business community.  It is imperative that Congress provide them with the support needed so they can make it through these unprecedented times and help local businesses recover from the pandemic.  Over 50…

Home Based Businesses

By mrevis@sbacil.org | December 1, 2020

Jumpstarting Chicago’s Economic Recovery The city of Chicago is facing unprecedented public health and economic challenges resulting from COVID-19. By executive order, by choice, or by necessity, many Chicagoans are starting and operating businesses from home during the pandemic. However, Chicago’s regulations make the home occupation license too complicated and too restrictive for these vitally…

Property Tax Reform Platform

By patti@sbacil.org | December 1, 2020

The state of Illinois has the second highest property taxes in the nation. Illinois has 6,918 local units of government as of the latest Census Bureau data, more than any state in the nation. Redundant government entities and a flawed assessment model contribute disproportionately high property taxes. The Small Business Advocacy proposes the following reforms…

Make Minority Contracting Reforms Now

By steve@sbacil.org | November 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the small business community. With businesses struggling, government contracts are even more important to many small businesses, including minority owned businesses with limited cash reserves and access to capital. The failure of governmental entities at all levels to ensure that minority businesses receive a fair share…

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