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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…

Support Chicago Small Businesses By Reducing Red Tape

By natalia.borowska | January 31, 2024

Download pdf here SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE SUPPORT CHICAGO SMALL BUSINESSES BY REDUCING RED TAPE Policymakers can support small businesses and revitalize neighborhood business districts by cutting red tape, streamlining processes, and reducing the costs of launching and expanding Chicago businesses. This is a crucial time to break down barriers that cause unnecessary hardships for local businesses…

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…

Chicago Paid Time Off Ordinance Implementation Delayed!

By emma@sbacil.org | January 2, 2024

SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Helpful Resources: View the English webinar on Chicago’s Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance HERE. View the Spanish webinar on Chicago’s Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance HERE. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Flyer Informational Flyer View the Proposed PTO Rules Here The City Council has passed…

Join the Small Business Advocacy Council’s District Advocate Program!

By emma@sbacil.org | January 2, 2024

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Embrace the Spirit of Giving: Shop Local This Holiday Season

By emma@sbacil.org | December 11, 2023

The holiday season is upon us, and as we gear up for the festivities, there’s no better way to spread joy than by supporting small businesses in our community. Chicago, with its vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, is home to a plethora of unique local shops, each offering a special touch to your holiday shopping experience.…

Byline Bank – Insights

By Nic | December 11, 2023

Byline Bank’s Insights We all need more “Insight” into what makes a business successful and how to get there. We are proud to highlight our partner, Byline Bank, and their professional insight into achieving financial success. Empowering Employees and Communities Through DEI: Five ways leaders can embolden DEI practices within their organizations Want to Make…

Twenty-Eight Groups Send Letter to Chicago City Council Members on PTO Ordinance

By emma@sbacil.org | December 1, 2023

City Council has passed a PTO ordinance that provides greatly expanded paid and sick leave for Chicago employees. The ordinance, however, subjects small businesses to crushing penalties and lawsuits. Many small businesses will also be unable to comply with the mandates of the ordinance by the end of the year. This is an open letter…

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