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Occupational Licensing Reform

By mrevis@sbacil.org | September 14, 2021

Occupational Licensing Reform Occupational licenses are issued to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. The number of required licenses in Illinois has grown from a handful in the 1950’s to over 430 today. Policymakers across the political spectrum are challenging states to examine occupational licensing and its impact on reducing competition, increasing costs, excluding…

The RISE Grant Program

By mrevis@sbacil.org | September 14, 2021

The RISE Grant Program A year and a half removed from the pandemic, small businesses across Illinois still are facing hardship on a myriad of fronts. From learning to operate in the fluid post-pandemic environment of evolving health mandates, and learning how to best serve an undiscovered niche of customers, one thing is abundantly clear…

Illinois policymakers need to allocate rescue plan grants to help struggling businesses.

By patti@sbacil.org | September 13, 2021

The SBAC is advocating to ensure struggling and qualified businesses across Illinois have access to Back to Business grants. This means making sure the grant program is adequately funded. Read Elliot’s article in The State Journal-Register here. Please translate this page to the language of your choice. Supporters Fifth Third Bank Saul Ewing Arnstein Lehr…

The Small Business Package

By mrevis@sbacil.org | September 8, 2021

Many small and local businesses have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois unemployment rate remains high. Illinois politicians can partner with the small business community to enact policies that will help small businesses through this pandemic, reduce unemployment in our state, grow the Illinois workforce and generate revenue. There has never been a…

Calling for IL Occupational Licensing Reform

By patti@sbacil.org | September 8, 2021

Occupational licenses should protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. Unfortunately, some occupational licenses are unnecessary and burdensome. They create unwarranted barriers for Illinois entrepreneurs and those interested in working in new professions. Needless occupational licenses also keep people from moving to Illinois. Needless occupational licenses, or those which are overly restrictive, also…

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