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Skokie Town Hall Highlights

On September 17th, The SBAC held its first in a series of town halls on the proposed graduated income tax. Hosted with the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce, members of the SBAC, and the Chamber, had the opportunity to engage with elected officials and directors about how the graduated income tax would affect their lives, … more

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Please Join us for the Advocacy Awards Celebration!

Please join us for the 2019 Advocacy Awards Celebration! Equal parts passion, creativity, and entrepreneurship, the Advocacy Awards is our esteemed distinction in honoring advocacy and empowering transformation. Our event will recognize the people and small business that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation, and achievement in support of Illinois’ economy and the Small Business community. … more

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Premier Advocate Spotlight: Patti Zikmund

Patti Zikmund Premier Advocate since 2018 Meet Patti Zikmund, Project Consultant for the SBAC’s sister 501(c)(3) organization, SBAC Empower. Working for Empower, Patti wears about as many hats as possible in her quest to ensure Empower’s mission is on target. SBAC Empower was founded to provide resources to aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs in economically challenged … more

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September 17th Orland Park Town Hall proved successful

On September 17th, The SBAC held its first in a series of town halls on the proposed graduated income tax. Hosted with the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce, members of the SBAC, and the Chamber, had the opportunity to engage with elected officials and directors about how the graduated income tax would affect their lives, … more

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What is SBAC Empower?

If you’ve been with the SBAC for long enough, you’ve likely seen SBAC Empower’s logo or articles in passing. But what is this mysterious SBAC Empower that is so prominent around our pages? SBAC Empower, our 501(c)(3) sister organization, was founded to provide resources to aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs in economically challenged neighborhoods across Chicagoland. … more

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SBAC Advocacy Update: Graduated Income Tax Town Hall in Skokie

SBAC Advocacy Update: Graduated Income Tax Town Hall to be held in Skokie The second in a series of Town Halls regarding the proposed graduated income tax will take place Thursday, October 3rd, between 9:00-11:00 A.M, in conjunction with the Skokie Chamber of Commerce. Our members will discuss the proposed amendment with state legislators and … more

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Premier Advocate Spotlight: Brian Kastle

Brian Kastle SBAC Premier Advocate since 2016 SBAC is pleased to introduce Brian Kastle, Vice President of Business Banking Relationships for Fifth Third Bank, as this month’s PA spotlight. Brian graduated with a BS in Finance from Western Illinois University, and later earned his MBA from DePaul University. Upon graduating, Brian joined MB Financial’s Leadership … more

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SBAC ACTION CALL: Reduce Student Debt and support the Small Business Community

SBAC Action Call:  Reduce Student Debt and support the Small Business Community   Millions of Americans continue to be saddled with crushing student debt.  Indeed, total student debt now exceeds $1.5 trillion, affecting over 44 million Americans.  Small businesses often have difficulty recruiting and retaining talent in today’s economy.  Providing small business owners with a … more

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Premier Advocate Spotlight: Drake Smith

Drake Smith SBAC Premier Advocate since 2018 Meet Drake Smith: a young professional who enjoys the everyday challenge of business banking. Drake joined the SBAC in 2018 as credit analyst for Signature Bank. Soon after, in 2019 Signature Bank became a proud sponsor of the SBAC. When discussing the SBAC, Drakes states, “The SBAC is … more

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Please join us for the Advocacy Awards Celebration!!

Please join us for the 2019 Advocacy Awards Celebration! Equal parts passion, creativity, and entrepreneurship, the Advocacy Awards is our esteemed distinction in honoring advocacy and empowering transformation. Our event will recognize the people and small business that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation, and achievement in support of Illinois’ economy and the Small Business community. … more

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