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Mission Statement

The SBAC is a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, support services and educational programs.

What We Believe

  • The success of small business is a critical component of the nation’s economic well-being. 
  • In order to ensure a fair and level playing field, small business must have a powerful and united advocacy voice at the local, state and federal level.
  • Through cooperative networking, idea sharing and education, small business can flourish.

Diversity Statement

The Small Business Advocacy Council advocates for small businesses and local communities. The goals and mission of the SBAC are best fulfilled when diversity is embraced as a value and a practice. We believe the diversity of our community is a fundamental strength of our organization.

The SBAC is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and ensuring that culture permeates throughout the organization. We will support diversity and inclusion in all facets.

Diversity is a core value of the organization and that diversity enhances the SBAC’s ability to advocate for small business and local communities throughout the Chicagoland area, for our state, and on federal issues.


Timeline 2022

In 2010, Elliot Richardson, the owner of a small Chicago-based law firm, was frustrated with the uphill battle facing many small business owners in the state of Illinois. He felt this community had no voice and no representation in Springfield. Richardson wanted to be part of the solution and launched The Small Business Advocacy Council to provide small businesses in Illinois every opportunity to succeed.

What has become clear over the years is that the "secret sauce" of the SBAC is the importance of being a non-partisan organization. Taking the preconceived and fluid beliefs that are associated with political parties out of the equation allows for the most impactful policy solutions.

2017 provides a prime example of SBAC advocacy in action where we fought to reduce the price of registering a limited liability corporation (LLC). The bill, S.B 867 was supported by legislators on both sides of the aisle as well as over 50 trade and business organizations. It lowered LLC fees from $500 to $150, making small entrepreneurs more likely to launch new businesses, creating new growth opportunities for the state. 

Like every institution, organization, and individual the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how the SBAC operates. The pandemic woke everyone up to the importance of small businesses in our economy. Our current advocacy agenda is robust and focuses on ways to make operating a business easier for the everyday entrepreneur and improving the overall small business climate. This includes our Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition (NRC) established in 2021. This is a coalition of stakeholders advocating for policies that revitalize, empower and connect commercial corridors in Chicago and Cook County.

The SBAC is a full-service advocacy organization and empowers our members in four distinct ways. First, we offer members a non-partisan and effective voice on their behalf in Washington, DC, Springfield and Chicago. Second, the SBAC connects entrepreneurs with other members in order to foster relationships within the community and generate mutually beneficial strategic partnerships. Third, the organization offers educational programming to promote best business practices and encourage growth. Lastly, the SBAC provides exclusive benefits to its members, including an array of discounts and rebates to help lower the costs of operating a business.

Join The SBAC Today

Joining the SBAC will give you the opportunity to immediately get engaged in our organization through the following offerings:

  • Advocacy efforts
  • Policy committees and subcommittees
  • Informational webinars and town halls
  • Networking events
  • And many more!

Do not miss out on your opportunity to work towards improving the small business environment in your community! We look forward to working with you!

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