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WGN Radio Interview with SBAC President

Following the SBAC Springfield Lobby Day, SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, was featured on WGN Radio’s Sunday Spin with Rick Pearson. The interview provided a great overview on the status of the SBAC’s advocacy agenda, as well as items on the horizon. The final month of session in Springfield promises to be hectic and … more

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SBAC Named to Lightfoot Transition Committee

The SBAC is constantly working to empower small businesses and move local, state and federal initiatives that will improve our economy.  We were engaged in the Chicago Mayoral race and thankful our efforts helped put small business issues on the radar of the candidates.  Now that the election is over, we are excited that SBAC … more

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Daily Herald Business Ledger: Business experts tout collaboration at economic forum

SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, was proud to provide a legislative update and moderate an engaging panel discussion at the Daily Herald’s Small Business Economic Forum. Other participants were Mark Peterson (CEO, Intersect Illinois), Mick O’Rourke (Signature Bank), Matt Frank (Director of Economic Development for Schaumburg) and Mark Koplin (Director of Economic Development for … more

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Illinois Small Business – By the Numbers

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently released the 2019 State Small Business Profiles. This is a snapshot of federal data tracking the economic growth and employment numbers in Illinois. You can see the full profile below, but as a few highlights: There are 1.2 million small businesses in Illinois Illinois small businesses employ 2.5 million … more

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SBAC Discusses Initiative to Let Small Business Owners Compete for Top Talent with IL Congressmen

This week, SBAC members met with Congressman Brad Schneider and Congressman Sean Casten to discuss our federal agenda, including legislation to extend a financial lifeline to employees and allows small businesses to compete for talent on a level playing field. According to the personal finance website, Make Lemonade, over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt is owed by … more

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What’s your type? Join the Women in Business Committee for lunch to find out!

Join the SBAC Women in Business Group on May 1st at the Hubbard Inn (River North) for a great opportunity to network and learn with an interactive workshop with the Wright Foundation’s Barbara Burgess! Enjoy lunch, networking and a training in social and emotional intelligence that provides powerful insight into your own personality style, as … more

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SBAC President Teams up with Daily Herald Business Ledger for Small Business Forum

On April 25th, join SBAC President, Elliot Richardson, at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Small Business Economic Forum featuring Intersect Illinois CEO, Mark Peterson. Enjoy breakfast, networking and a panel discussion on how small businesses can start, stay and succeed in Illinois. SBAC Members get a special discount on tickets, so sign up today!

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Mayor-Elect Lightfoot Mentions Sign Reform in Victory Speech

On Tuesday, April 2nd, Lori Lightfoot was elected the next Mayor of Chicago with over 70% of the vote and out-performed Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in all 50 wards. With the election behind us, it is time to turn to working with the Lightfoot Administration on ways to help small businesses start, stay … more

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Two IRS Publications Every Business Owner Should Read

The April Small Business Connection Newsletter sent by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) included a section titled: Two IRS Publications Every Business Owner and Self-Employed Individual Should Read. You can view the text of the article below. The 2019 revision of Form 656-Booklet, Offer in Compromise (OIC) will be available for … more

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Two SBAC Members Honored at Business Ledger Annual Awards for Business Excellence

Congratulations to John Gotschall (Coaching Financial Concepts) and Chip Miceli (Pulse Technology) for being honored at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for Business Excellence! The AABEs are awarded to businesses and organizations in recognition of achievements, growth and community involvement. Companies are based in or have a significant presence in the suburbs. The … more

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