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Premier Advocate Spotlight: Rachelle Jervis, MBA

Rachelle Jervis, MBA Welcome to our newest Premier Advocate!  Rachelle Jervis is president and CEO of the Executive Service Corps (ESC), a 41-year-old consultancy with a mission to help make nonprofits successful. Before leading the ESC, Rachelle served as regional director, Illinois chapter director, and Chicago area director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. … more

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ACTION CALL: Senator McConnell & Senator Schumer Sponsor Student Debt-Small Business Bill

The $1.5 trillion student debt crisis continues to crush millions of Americans and stifle our economy.  If you are reading this, you likely know family, friends or colleagues saddled with student debt.   Small businesses struggle to hire and retain talented employees.  While larger enterprises may be able to make payments towards their employees’ student … more

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11th Annual FORE ADVOCACY Golf Outing- Tickets NOW on SALE!

The Small Business Advocacy Council presents it’s 11th Annual Golf Outing- FORE ADVOCACY! Early Bird tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities are now available! June 25, 2020     Registration starts at 1030AM, Shotgun Start at 12PM White Deer Run Golf Course 250 W Greggs Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL Please contact lisa@sbacil.org for sponsorship opportunities Register to … more

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SBAC Venture Pitch Session- “Shark Tank” Without the BITE!!

Network. Learn. Pitch. Pitch session contestants receive constructive feedback from our panel of judges An expert panel discussion geared towards small business owners Networking Reception- Before & After the competition March 10, 2020 530pm-730pm Located at mHUB 965 W. Chicago Ave Apply to participate in our pitch session competition at https://tinyurl.com/Spring2020Pitch Want to just watch the … 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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