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Funding For Local Chambers of Commerce

Funding For Local Chambers of Commerce Funding For Local Chambers of Commerce Local chambers of commerce which support small businesses and local communities throughout Illinois have been devastated by the pandemic. Lost memberships and the inability to host fundraisers have deeply impacted chambers of commerce. With the Delta variant causing further disruptions, many chambers continue…

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Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce

Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce As a premier advocacy organization, the SBAC maintains a continuous focus on problems, red flags, and concerns that arise in all corners of the public arena. Often, the issues we keen in on are causing a negative cultural, social, or economic impact. One…

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Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational Licensing Reform 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,…

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The RISE Grant Program

The RISE Grant Program 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…

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The SBAC Small Business Package

The SBAC Small Business Package THE SMALL BUSINESS PACKAGE 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…

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Illinois Announces Back To Business Grant Program – SBAC Testifies at Joint Committee Hearing

Illinois Announces Back To Business Grant Program – SBAC Testifies at Joint Committee Hearing Back to Business Grant Program AUG 13th – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity launched the Back to Business grant program for struggling small businesses on Wednesday.  On August 12th, the SBAC participated in a joint Illinois Senate hearing…

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Big Win for Chicago Home Based Businesses

Big Win for Chicago Home Based Businesses Big Win for Chicago Home Based Businesses “This is a crucial time to support entrepreneurs with the dream of launching and growing their businesses in Chicago. This ordinance will unleash Chicagoans looking to build a business that will support local communities,” said SBAC co-founder and President Elliot Richardson.…

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The SBAC is Fighting to Help the Small Business Community Recover from the Pandemic and Thrive

The SBAC is Fighting to Help the Small Business Community Recover from the Pandemic and Thrive ADVOCACY The SBAC is fighting to help the small business community recover from the pandemic and thrive.  Learn about our legislative agenda here:   SBAC – Legislative Agenda Navigate Action Calls Advocacy CCRC Events Information Lawyers Corner Member Benefits…

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Press Release – Chicago’s Cut Red Tape Agenda

Press Release – Chicago’s Cut Red Tape Agenda Chicago’s Cut Red Tape Agenda March 2, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Elliot Richardson // 847-380-4900 // Elliot@sbacil.org Cutting unnecessary and burdensome red tape will help Chicago’s small and local businesses recover from the pandemic.  Much of this red tape should have been eliminated long ago.    The…

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ACTION CALL! Legislation To Get People Back To Work

ACTION CALL! Legislation To Get People Back To Work Legislation To Get People Back To Work State Representative Gong-Gershowitz has filed the RISE Act.  This legislation will get people back to work and support small businesses.  The RISE Act (House Bill 0801) creates a tax incentive for businesses that retrain and hire employees who have…

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