SBAC Connects Venture Pitch Session to Connect Small Businesses with Capital

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2013

Chicago – August 8, 2013 The Small Business Advocacy Council’s SBAC Connects is launching its Inaugural Public Venture Pitch Session on Wednesday, September 18 at the Mid-America Club, 200 E. Randolph on the 80th Floor, from 5 to 9 p.m. SBAC Connects is powered by and

The event will connect entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses with investors who have access to capital. Four companies from a variety of industries will pitch their business ideas to investors and will have an opportunity to network and speak with investors and attendees before and after the presentations. Rishi Shah, CEO and Founder of MediaContext and successful entrepreneur, will be the keynote speaker.

“Small business owners consistently experience challenges in obtaining financing for their companies,” said Elliot Richardson, SBAC President. “SBAC Connects is a unique program that connects the dots for entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses by introducing them to financers and educational resources they might not otherwise access on their own.”

In addition to hosting venture pitch sessions, SBAC Connects will offer small business members educational resources and access to capital on many different levels including traditional and alternative lending, equity and peer-to-peer lending.

“Venture Connects is proud to be a co-host of this event and bring quality dealflow to the Chicagoland investment community,” said RJ Pahura, CEO of Venture Connects. “We have hand-chosen our presenters through the VC platform and we are honored to partner with the SBAC.”

“The ABC show Shark Tank is cool to watch, but the pitch sessions from SBAC Connects are ultra-relevant for both entrepreneurs and investors coming from our member base and creating the right foundation to foster long-term relationships,” shared Adam Fridman, Founder of

The SBAC is a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, support services and educational programs. The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) was established in 2010 and represents nearly 800 businesses in the Chicagoland area.

For more information about the SBAC, visit the web site at

Contact: Amy Masters at or 773.354.5512

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