SBAC Communities

SBAC Communities support SBAC members by offering groups focused on shared interests such as industry, hobby, recreation and more. SBAC Communities are member-driven, and community leaders determine and execute meeting logistics and other related initiatives with minimal support from SBAC staff. To learn more about the communities, please contact Stephanie at

The SBAC offers the following communities:

SBAC Artists Community
Provides a time and space for visual artists to work on projects
once a month while sharing art resources, finding leads for art sales, creating a camaraderie among fellow artists and providing the opportunity for collaboration. Please reach out to Elizabeth O’Leary for more information at

Commercial Real Estate Deal Community
Facilitates dealmaking, along with shared resources, best practices, and support for those who collaborate in the commercial real estate (CRE) transaction process.

Construction Community
Provides resources, peer support and opportunities to develop professional relationships within the construction industry.

Estate Planning and Financial Services Community
Facilitates opportunities to develop strategic relationships, provide continuing support, and share best practices for estate planners and financial services professionals and those who provide related support services.

Lawyers Community
Facilitates networking, best practices and shared resources for lawyers and those who provide services to lawyers. For more information, contact Hon. James A. Shapiro at, James Thompson at or Brad Rosen at

Residential Real Estate Services Community
Facilitates networking and strives to share best practices, create strategic partnerships and support for services or vendors that cater to the real estate community as well as a place for realtors to build relationships with other Realtors for smoother transactions.

Startup & Technology Community
Facilitates opportunities for emerging Chicago companies to showcase their companies, spread awareness and work with professionals who provide guided expertise to grow their companies. Click here for more information.

Would you like to create a new SBAC Community?
Please review the SBAC Communities Guidelines and submit an SBAC Community Proposal. Click here for SBAC venue contact information. For more information about SBAC Communities, please contact Stephanie Nommensen, COO, at