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SBAC President Interviewed on Mighty House Radio 1590AM WCGO

Over the weekend, SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, was on the Mighty House Radio Show on 1590AM WCGO. The program is hosted by longtime SBAC Member, Ron Cowgilll with D/R Services Unlimited, Inc. In addition to a review of the 2019 policy agenda and an update on the SBAC’s engagement with the new Chicago … more

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SBAC on Hand for Signing of Lightfoot Executive Order to end Aldermanic Prerogative

SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, was on hand for the signing of newly sworn-in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first executive order. The goal of Executive Order 2019-2, is not to remove aldermanic input, but an alderman’s ability to unilaterally approve, affirm, block, or veto a departmental decision on administrative items. As soon as is feasible, all City departments … more

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ADVOCACY ALERT: Contact Your Representative to Help Reduce Barriers For Entrepreneurs

The SBAC strongly supports SB1756, the Sunrise Review Act, as an important first step to reforming the state occupational and professional licensing process. While this bill passed the Senate without opposition, it has not moved in the House. It is difficult to understand why the bill seems stalled. One thing is certain:  we need your … more

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Seeking Nominations for Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite Awards

            The Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite Awards honor C-level executives for the leadership, business and civic contributions they have made to their organizations and to the suburban Chicago community. Honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony on July 24th and featured in a supplement of the August 19th … more

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SBAC Premier Advocates Day at the Ballpark

This week SBAC Premier Advocate Members enjoyed an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes tour followed by a game at Guaranteed Rate Field. The tour was lead by Jonathan Reisdorf and included stops at the back office and on the field. Members were then treated to box seats with all the perks to watch the White Sox. While the … more

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DHBL Op-Ed: The small business community can create a new narrative for Illinois

After a successful joint economic forum with the Daily Herald Business Ledger, SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, expands in this piece about how the small business community can create a new POSITIVE narrative for Illinois. It is no secret that Illinois faces economic challenges. The dysfunction of our state’s government in recent years has … more

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Congrats to Pitch Session Winner: Viet Nom Nom

Congratulations to Alan Moy from Viet Nom Nom for taking first place in the Spring 2019 SBAC Venture Pitch Session! Last week we had about 70 people on hand to hear three Chicagoland companies in growth mode share their BIG IDEA. The SBAC Venture Pitch Sessions are unique events that go beyond what you see … more

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SBAC Companies Recognized as “Best Places to Work in Illinois”

Congratulations to SBAC Members 3Points, LLC (Lombard), and Insperity (Rosemont) for being recognized at the Best Places to Work in Illinois Awards, hosted by the Daily Herald Business Ledger. The SBAC was proud to be on hand presenting as a marketing partner for this great event. 3Points, LLC, placed 4th in the small business category … more

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WBEZ Story on SBAC’s Role in Lightfoot Transition Committee

As you may have seen, SBAC President, Elliot Richardson, was appointed to Mayor-Elect Lightfoot’s Good Governance Transition Committee. Elliot is actively participating on that Committee and we recently submitted a memo to the transition team. This memo advocates for eliminating the requirement that public way use permits for simple signs be approved by the Chicago … more

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SBAC Members go to Springfield

Last week, more than twenty SBAC members and leadership made the trip to Springfield for our annual SBAC Lobby Day. For our organization, the focus of the trip is concrete advocacy – educating elected officials about our agenda and the needs of the small business community. The SBAC met with Governor Pritzker, Lt. Governor Stratton, … more

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