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Thriving commercial corridors play a crucial role in nurturing and sustaining local communities throughout Chicago and Cook County. In recent years, several of these corridors faced challenges, but as we move forward into a new economic era, it is vital to bring together a strong coalition of stakeholders. Their collective efforts will champion policies and initiatives aimed at revitalizing, empowering, and fostering stronger bonds within our commercial corridors and neighborhoods.

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Town Halls to Support Local and Small Businesses

By emma@sbacil.org | August 28, 2023

We’re excited to announce a series of free community town halls focusing on policies that help revitalize neighborhood business districts and support small businesses. These town halls are designed to be informative, and interactive, and to bring communities together. Members and business owners are encouraged to further learn how the SBAC and a coalition of…

Let’s Transform Vacant Properties Into Thriving Small Businesses

By emma@sbacil.org | July 11, 2023

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Words from Our Partners: Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce

By emma@sbacil.org | June 29, 2023

The Small Business Advocacy Council and a coalition of engaged stakeholders have come together to revitalize, empower, and connect commercial corridors in Cook County in an effort to bring our community. In the Words from Our Partners Series, our coalition partners share their thoughts on our efforts to revitalize, empower and connect business districts. Dr.…

SBAC Advocacy Update: Health Insurance, Government Contracts & Outdoor Dining

By emma@sbacil.org | June 7, 2023

Illinois legislators concluded their regular session. We are excited to report there were some big wins for the small business community! Health Insurance Many small businesses are struggling to afford the cost of health insurance. The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation focused on protecting small businesses from excessive premium increases and enhancing transparency so that…

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