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Chicago Paid Time Off Ordinance Final Rules

By emma@sbacil.org | January 2, 2024

SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Helpful Resources: View the first English webinar on Chicago’s Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance HERE. View the first Spanish webinar on Chicago’s Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance HERE. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Flyer Informational Flyer Chicago Labor Laws Educational Resources Chicago Labor Law Public…

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

By emma@sbacil.org | January 2, 2024

Download the District Advocate Program One-Pager PARTNERS Fifth Third Bank Saul Ewing Arnstein Lehr Inland Bank Interprenet Signature Bank Lexitas Korey Richardson Open One Solutions Byline DoorDash RockyTop Insperity SpeedPro Chicago Loop CVS Empower Next Previous

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…

Empowering New Businesses: Illinois Launches Back to Business (B2B) NewBiz Program

By emma@sbacil.org | November 28, 2023

Illinois Launches Back to Business (B2B) NewBiz Program The application window for the B2B NewBiz program opens on November 30, 2023, and will remain open until January 11, 2024. The Small Business Advocacy Council has advocated for a program that provides grant funding to businesses that launched in 2020 (prior to the pandemic) and in…

Giving Tuesday

By Nic | November 27, 2023

As we move into 2024, we would be honored to have you engaged with EMPOWER as one of our supporters. Thank you again for your unwavering support; we look forward to staying connected in the future!

Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance

By emma@sbacil.org | November 6, 2023

A press conference was held at City Hall to highlight concerns with the PTO ordinance and ask that changes to the ordinance be made. Hear from business owners, community advocates, and local chambers who passionately discussed their concerns and suggested possible improvements to the ordinance below. Over 30 chambers of commerce and place-based organizations sent…

GRCC & SBAC Empower | Business Development Program

By Nic | November 1, 2023

A New Program w/ The Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce Just this morning – as of writing – SBAC Empower, Andrea Reed of The Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Lautenslager of Get Looped LLC finalized our discussion on the future Mentoring and Business Building program coming to the GRCC in the Near Future!…

SBAC Advocacy Update

By emma@sbacil.org | October 14, 2023

October 10, 2023 The SBAC continues fighting for policies that will support small businesses and neighborhood business districts. Here are some updates on our efforts! Health Insurance The rising cost of health insurance continues to be a challenge for the small business community. Last spring the SBAC championed legislation focused on reducing premiums for small…

Chicago Neighborhood Revitalization Caucus

By emma@sbacil.org | October 9, 2023

This is a crucial time for lawmakers to support policies that will revitalize neighborhood business districts and support Chicago small businesses.  Therefore, we have formed a neighborhood revitalization caucus where politicians from various facets of government can come together, collaborate with stakeholders, and work to revitalize local economies. We are very thankful to the following…

Chicago Women’s Expo – Mentee Shelley Carrillo!

By Nic | October 6, 2023

DONATE After submitting Shelley and her business for the Ultimate Women’s Expo, which has been running strong for now 30 years in Illinois and other cities like Atlanta, Miami, New York to name a few, Shelley has been accepted and now one of the feature vendors! Out of hundreds of vendors, Shelley’s standout and unique…

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