SBAC Premier Advocates

SBAC Premier Advocates

As an SBAC Premier Advocate, in addition to the benefits provided to general members, you gain exclusive opportunities to connect with other key small business leaders and special promotional opportunities within the organization. This includes:

  • Stepping outside the conference room for exclusive once a month group meetings with SBAC Leadership at locations around the region that represent the best and brightest in entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Being recognized for your support on the SBAC website, quarterly e-newsletters to the entire membership, and inside the advertising section in our Advocacy Awards Program.
  • The opportunity to provide content for the SBAC News Blog and social media related to your industry and involvement in the organization.
  • Receive Premier Advocate connections and introductions. You can view the Premier Advocate Directory below.


Premier Advocate Directory



Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

The Best of Both Worlds Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is a full-service law firm that offers clients the national reach and sophisticated experience of a large firm and the local connections and value of a boutique firm. This combination of reach and local autonomy supports our clients with the clout of a mega-firm … more

Jason Tremblay, Manny Flores / jason.tremblay@saul.com, manuel.flores@saul.com / 312.876.6676, (312) 876-6949



SBAC Empower was founded as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2016. Its sole purpose is to provide education, mentoring and business resources to aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs in economically challenged areas across the greater Chicagoland area. We partner with community leaders in disadvantaged neighborhoods to help entrepreneurs acquire the skills required to start their own … more




Contact name: Julie Simon Phone: (312) 386-6908 Email: jsimon@signaturebank.bank Website: https://www.signaturebank.bank/ Company Info: We are a Chicago-area based bank, and proud of it. Our involvement isn’t just about downtown, however, but also about the neighborhoods and individual communities that are such a rich part of the fabric of the city. All three of the bank’s … more




Contact name: Manny Flores Phone: (312) 360-3304 Email:  mflores@somercor.com Website: https://somercor.com/ Company Info: SomerCor, a non-profit development company certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to originate SBA 504 loans in Illinois. Founded in 1992, SomerCor holds a portfolio in excess of $481 million, comprised of more than 925 loans, and is one of the largest SBA … more




Contact name: Karl Zimmerman Phone: 312.646.7674 Email: karl@steadfast.net Website: https://www.steadfast.net/ We are a Chicago-based company providing innovative managed IT infrastructure services provider for businesses across the U.S. Our “Strengthen Your Focus” motto highlights what sets us apart from the competition. Steadfast enables your team to focus on projects and priorities that grow your business while … more




Exceptional Workplaces. Exceptional People.

Tandem HR helps our clients focus on mission critical business objectives by outsourcing the transactional aspects of human resources, workers’ compensation, risk management, employee benefits and payroll administration. While these administrative tasks are essential in running any business, they do not generate revenue and if not managed properly, can result in unnecessary employment related liability, … more

Danielle Ozor, Zach Gay / dozer@BSGInfo.com, zgay@tandemhr.com / (630) 928-0510, (630) 371-6260



Our Passion is Empowering Merchants.

We team with merchants of all types: from startups and small businesses to enterprise-level institutions. We help our clients navigate the complexities of payment processing. We believe in education, transparency and building relationships. Our passion is empowering merchants. 

Andrew O'Connor / andrew@teammerchant.com / 844-805-3862



Total Response Technology (TRT) increases your profitability by leveraging temporary specialized professionals to implement or maintain your IT investments.  By utilizing TRT for your business processing needs, goals are met increasing the value and efficiency of your IT environment.  The experience of our engineers includes small businesses to enterprise organizations in government and commercial environments. Some … more

Sandra Figueroa Bast / sandra@TRT-llc.com / (312) 513-0478



The Traction Group

The Entrepreneurial Operating System®, also known as Traction®, has helped thousands of businesses get to the next level. Based on years of real-world experience, EOS® is a practical method for achieving the business success you have always envisioned. Our team works with businesses throughout Chicagoland, in nearly every industry. We’ll help you discover where you want … more

Paul Detlefs / paul@thetractiongroup.com / (847) 274-1666



Save on UPS Shipping

Being a “small business” has never stopped you from having big ideas. But having fewer employees can mean it’s tough finding time to get everything done. So when your productivity is on the line, count on logistics. UPS provides technologies that create time-savers, allowing you to build shortcuts in standard processes. UPS’s reliable shipping and … more

Andrea Cervini / andreacervini@ups.com / 630-628-3755

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