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REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: New North Austin Community Center Moves Forward

By jake@sbacil.org | December 21, 2021

“We saw kids were hopeless. We believe we will give kids the opportunity to find some hope…” The Chicago City Council has agreed to sell public land for one dollar and has provided approval for the development of the North Austin Community Center.   The $31 million project is being developed as a partnership between…

Policymakers must focus on reducing property taxes in 2022

By sara@sbacil.org | December 17, 2021

Property taxes are a huge burden on Illinois residents and small businesses. Politicians on both sides of the aisle understand they are oppressive and drive people out of Illinois. Politicians throughout the state, and all levels of government, acknowledge that solutions must be put forth and moved forward to stabilize property taxes.   In his…

Byline Bank Recognizes Small Business Saturday with Small Business Advocacy Council Contribution

By patti@sbacil.org | November 25, 2021

Byline Bank Recognizes Small Business Saturday with Small Business Advocacy Council Contribution CHICAGO, IL (November 2021) – This Small Business Saturday, November 27, Byline Bank, Illinois’ top Small Business Administration lender, is recognizing the work of the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) of Illinois with a $5,000 sponsorship contribution. The SBAC is a nonpartisan member-driven…

Chicago businesses are feeling the effects of supply-chain slowdowns

By patti@sbacil.org | November 24, 2021

“Small businesses are just having a tremendously difficult time getting the supplies that they need to run their business, and, of course, this is even more concerning with the holiday season approaching,” said Elliot Richardson, president of the Small Business Advocacy Council in Chicago. He said the supply-chain problems are impacting all kinds of retailers.…

IACCE Conversation with Speaker of the House, Chris Welch

By patti@sbacil.org | November 23, 2021

The SBAC’s Elliot Richardson had the distinct pleasure of moderating the IACCE – Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives call with Emanuel Chris Welch and Office of State Representative Carol Ammons last Friday. Watch the entire conversation addressing issues such as Back to Business Grants Workforce Development Unemployment Trust Fund Child Care Tax Credit/Grant…

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