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Support Chicago Small Businesses By Reducing Red Tape

By natalia.borowska | May 17, 2024

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What Chicago Retailers Should Know About The Kiosk Ordinance

By emma@sbacil.org | May 6, 2024

SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE An ordinance has been filed which will impose a tax on retailers that use automated self-checkout kiosks. This ordinance taxes retailers $20,000.00 for each automated self-checkout kiosk operated at their establishment. The burden for paying this tax cannot be shifted onto customers. There are record-keeping requirements and other rules set forth by…

The Health Insurance Protection Act: What Small Business Owners Should Know About the Bill

By emma@sbacil.org | May 1, 2024

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Transforming Vacant Properties into Thriving Small Businesses

By emma@sbacil.org | April 8, 2024

SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE The SBAC is thrilled to announce an innovative and important program that will support small businesses and revitalize disinvested Chicago communities. Partnering with Allies for Community Business (A4CB), and with support from We Rise Together: For an Equitable & Just Recovery, we have launched a program that will connect the owners of…

The SBAC Heads to Springfield to Fight for the Small Business Community

By emma@sbacil.org | April 8, 2024

Download SBAC Lobby Day Brochure here SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) is gearing up for a crucial visit to the capital on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, as the legislative session commences in our state capital. Building upon the successes of the previous year, we are determined to make significant strides for…

WGN News Highlights Policy Change for Vacant Storefronts

By emma@sbacil.org | February 27, 2024

Help Us Reduce Vacancies in Local Communities! SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE WGN News Highlights Policy Change for Vacant Storefronts Vacant storefronts litter neighborhood business districts in disinvested communities, causing blight, impacting safety, and depressing economic activity. Because of the negative impact of vacant properties in neighborhoods across the city, a robust coalition of chambers and place-based…

Proposed Updates to Chicago’s Retailer and Food Vendor Rules

By natalia.borowska | February 19, 2024

Visit the BACP website SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Proposed Updates to Chicago’s Retailer and Food Vendor Rules The Department of Business and Consumer Affairs (BACP) has published proposed updates to the City of Chicago’s Retailer Rules. The Department has also introduced certain rules for food vendors.   BACP is accepting public comments until February 26, 2024,…

The Debate Over The Chicago Real Estate Transfer Tax

By emma@sbacil.org | February 5, 2024

Download pdf here SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Register for the SBAC Informational Webinar: The Chicago Real Estate Transfer Tax HERE. The Debate Over The Chicago Real Estate Transfer Tax Chicago is a tremendous city with a proud tradition. Our great city, however, faces multiple challenges, including persistent economic headwinds and an increase in homelessness. Economic development…

Small Business Grants in Illinois

By patti@sbacil.org | January 30, 2024

Financial Growth Opportunities Running a business is hard and small business owners often do not have time to navigate grants, tax credits, and other funding opportunities. We are excited to help. While we cannot cover everything, we will do our best to keep you current on economic incentives that may be available for your business…

The Launch of the Chamber Relief Grant Program!

By emma@sbacil.org | January 16, 2024

SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE We’re thrilled to announce the official launch of the Chamber Relief Grant Program by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The program aims to provide vital support to chambers of commerce dedicated to uplifting small businesses and local communities. DCEO announced the launch of the chamber relief grant program, along with opening…

Phil Gafka – Insights & Blogs

By Nic | January 11, 2024

Phil has been a mentor with us for a minute now and he’s always willing to help where there is need. Perhaps you joined us last summer when he hosted our first ever Lunch-and-Learn on leadership, a quality he demonstrated well then. Phil’s also a writer, and he frequently updates his website with blogs he’s…

Saul Ewing Employment Update

By patti@sbacil.org | January 11, 2024

SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE January 2024Authored by: David G. Shapiro and Marielle C. MacMinnSBAC Partner, Saul Ewing, provides an update on dubious Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims – “many of which were made at the urging of aggressive promoters. The IRS is offering a limited-time Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) to encourage taxpayers to come forward, allowing…

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