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SBAC ACTION CALL: Bring Back an Important Small Business Tax Credit

It is extremely disappointing that SB1232, which would reauthorize the popular small business job creation tax credit, was not passed this spring. Reinstating this $2,500 tax credit for businesses with under fifty workers who hire net new employees will spark economic growth in our state. We must send a clear message to legislators that passing … more

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Lightfoot Announces CPD/Business Community Collaboration

Earlier this month, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the launch of a new collaborative initiative between the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and local small businesses. The program will assign a designated Business Liaison Officer to each of the 22 police districts, who will be in direct communication with the CPD District Commander and the Department of … more

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Poll Shows 67% Support Fair Maps in Illinois

The SBAC  is committed to the Fair Maps initiative, which would create an independent commission to draw representative maps, because entrepreneurs are reluctant to expand when they are not confident in their government or ability to weigh in on policies that impact their businesses. A recent poll completed by the Simon Public Policy Institute showed … more

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SBAC Shop Grand Opening!

Big news! The SBAC has launched a shop where you can get branded items (perfect for the upcoming Golf Outing on July 25th). Shop online and the SBAC will fulfill all outstanding orders once a month. Orders will ship directly to the buyer. You can purchase via credit card or PayPal. All profits from items … more

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SBAC Advocacy Update: Proposed Graduated Income Tax Town Halls

Legislators in Springfield completed regular business for the first session of the 101st General Assembly. Several large pieces of legislation were passed that will have an impact on SBAC members both personally and as small business owners. One of the most controversial issues is the proposed graduated income tax. Elected officials in Springfield voted to … more

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SBAC Board Member, Neli Vazquez Rowland, Speaks at the White House

Neli Vazquez Rowland, the President and Co-Founder of A Safe Haven Foundation, and an SBAC Board member, spoke at the White House about economic opportunity zones. Thank you Neli, for the work you do to provide care and opportunities to those struggling with substance abuse disorders. You can view the video clip of her remarks … more

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Mayor Lightfoot Signals Support for Fair Maps in Chicago

The SBAC  is engaged in the fight to end gerrymandering in Illinois because entrepreneurs are reluctant to expand when they are not confident in their government or ability to weigh in on policies that impact their businesses. For the last two election cycles, our organization has been a member of the Illinois Redistricting Collaborative, a … more

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Are you getting the most out of your SBAC membership? 

Are you getting the most out of your membership? By this time of year, most of us have long given up on anew year resolution…but if you promised to spend more time on networking, the SBAC makes it easy to plug back in. We have networking meetings all over Chicago and the collar counties. Throughout … more

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Mayor Lightfoot Announces Ethics Package to Reform City Council

The SBAC is a strong proponent of enacting good governance and ethics reforms which will increase the confidence the small business community has in Chicago’s government.  Aldermanic prerogative and allowing alderman to control administrative functions has a detrimental impact on the small business community. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has already taken concrete actions to eliminate aldermanic … more

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How technology integration can help your business flourish

How technology integration can help your business flourish Contributed By: MXOtech, INC Modern businesses rely on various technologies to keep their companies up and running. Today, most of them need an internet connection and multiple apps and software to help their staff get things done. At first glance, all the different technologies you use may … more

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