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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 his 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.

The SBAC is a full-service advocacy organization and empowers its members in four distinct ways. First, it offers 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.

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 
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