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SBAC & Fifth Third Bank Present: Economic Outlook

In this presentation, Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Bank will assess the present state of the U.S. economy and address questions including: How much longer can the U.S. expansion last? What are the drivers of long term economic growth? What policies could impact, positively or negatively, the business cycle? How should investors … more

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Premier Advocate Spotlight: Michael Reddy

Michael Reddy Welcome our new Premier Advocate! Michael Reddy serves as president of Digital Authority Partners (DAP), a full-service digital agency that brings next-gen digital transformation solutions to clients. Prior to his role at DAP, Michael worked with Fortune 100 companies in a variety of leadership positions across product management and website analytics. His expertise … more

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ACTION CALL: NAWBO Supports Legislation That Tackles Student Debt Crisis and Empowers Small Businesses

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 way to help employees reduce their student debt will allow them to attract … more

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Premier Advocate Spotlight: Mark Nakayama

Mark Nakayama Premier Advocate since 2019 Mark Nakayama is Co-founder of 11 Million Acres and has experience developing national and regional strategic partnerships that has led to the acquisition and management of over 10,000 commercial & industrial energy accounts in 20-plus markets. That experience was key to establishing the continuously-growing network of strategic technology and … more

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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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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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