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Elliot Richardson

Co-Founder & President

Elliot Richardson is the Co-Founder and President of the Small Business Advocacy Council, an organization laser-focused on advocating for the small business community.  The SBAC is dedicated to passing legislation and moving policy initiatives that will help small and local businesses thrive.  The SBAC works with numerous partners to provide the small business community a unified and strong voice to advocate on policies that impact the economy.

Elliot is a partner at the law firm Korey Richardson, LLP.  Elliot has also served as the Board Chair for Kids Above All, an organization focused on protecting, healing and educating children and families so they can build better lives.  Elliot remains on the Board of Directors.  Elliot also formally served on the board of Youth Conservation Corp., Youth Communications and the YMCA Alliance Board.  Additionally, Elliot formerly served on the Editorial Board of the Chicago Bar Association and on the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA.

Elliot received his law degree from the University of Dayton and received the University of Dayton School of Law Pro Bono Publico Service Award.  Elliot graduated from Bradley University with a degree in sociology and criminal justice, with a minor in history.


Scott Baskin

Retired President & CEO of Mark Shale
Chief Executive Officer

Scott Baskin retired as President and CEO of Mark Shale in 2011. Mark Shale was Chicago’s largest independent clothing retailer with stores in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Prior to his business career, Scott served as Chief Legislative Assistant to the late Congressman Abner Mikva.

In addition to his professional experience, Scott is an engaged community leader. He is a board member of Uptown United, an economic development organization serving Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. He was an elected member of the Northside College Prep High School Local Council and chair of its finance committee, and past treasurer of the Center for Law and Social Work. He is a graduate of Vassar College and Northwestern University School of Law.

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Patti Zikmund-Roverud

Chief Operating Officer

Patti joined the SBAC Team in February 2020 as a part-time consultant while continuing her work at SBAC Empower as a Program Consultant. In June 2020, she was invited full-time to the SBAC as the Director of Membership and Communications.  In February 2021, she was asked to be the Chief Operating Officer which she gladly accepted.

Patti has a Bachelors in International Business, Marketing and French. She speaks French and German fluently while dabbling in several others.   Patti has built her career working with small businesses, start-up companies, and entrepreneurs helping them build internal and external communications as well as managing their business. Additionally, she is a certified DISC and Motivators Consultant.


Omari Prince

Government Affairs Liaison

Omari has ten years of experience in governmental relations. Prior to joining the Small Business Advocacy Council, Omari has served in government relations roles for companies where he built positive public relations, and developed and established effective working relations with clients and governmental officials. He has also worked on the teams of several political candidates, including Commissioner Larry R. Rogers Jr. and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood. During Omari’s spare time, he likes to work out, keep up with the latest Internet marketing trends, and advise candidates potentially seeking political office.
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Sara Everson

Membership Management Coordinator

Sara Everson joined the SBAC staff in August of 2021 as a graduate of the University in Chicago, where she received her B.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Sara currently serves as the Membership Management Coordinator responsible for managing all member services and support on behalf of the SBAC. Sara also assists with event planning including marketing and social media efforts at the SBAC.

Emma Roach

Communications Specialist

Emma moved to Chicago and joined the SBAC team in October 2022 as the Communications Specialist. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with her B.S. in Media & Journalism with a specialization in strategic communications. She is responsible for communications, community connections, engagement, and marketing. Emma comes from the nonprofit world and has a passion for helping those in her community. Outside of work, she likes to explore her new home of Chicago, spend time with her two cats, and play video games.

Diego Roberts

Policy Analyst

Diego began working with the SBAC as an intern in September 2020 and joined the SBAC staff in August 2021 as an Intern Coordinator. Since then, Diego has been promoted to the SBAC Policy Analyst handling chamber and district advocate relationships. He continues to assist the SBAC in formulating best policies that foster growth in the small business community.

Meet the SBAC Interns

Reggie Galanto, University of Michigan

Kate Gargano, Miami University

Esha Patel, University of Chicago

Adam Thill, University of Dayton

Join The SBAC Today

Joining the SBAC will allow you to get engaged immediately in our organization through the following offerings:

Advocacy efforts

Policy committees and subcommittees

Informational webinars and town halls

Networking events

And many more!

Help us improve the small business environment in your community! We look forward to working with you!

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