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Legislation to Support Local Chambers Passes

Legislation to Support Local Chambers Passes Many chambers of commerce were devastated by the pandemic.  However, this did not stop them from providing crucial support to local businesses. The SBAC is thrilled to report that Illinois politicians have provided 5 million dollars to support the recovery of chambers of commerce in Illinois.  The SBAC has…

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Ordinance Filed to Reduce Special Use Zoning Fees For Small Businesses

Ordinance Filed to Reduce Special Use Zoning Fees For Small Businesses The Small Business Advocacy Council has been working with a strong coalition on efforts to revitalize neighborhood business districts in Chicago.  As part of these efforts, we are advocating to reduce fees for small businesses that want to open in Chicago.  We are thrilled…

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Coalition Engagement Sparks New Chicago Zoning Guide

Coalition Engagement Sparks New Chicago Zoning Guide Navigating the zoning rules in Chicago just became easier.   The newly released Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Chicago Business Zoning Guide will help small businesses and property owners more easily navigate the zoning process in Chicago.  This was crucial as chambers of commerce…

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NRC New Look, New Logo, Same Mission

NRC New Look, New Logo, Same Mission New Look, New Logo, Same Mission In our 2nd year of actively and ardently working to revitalize neighborhoods throughout Chicago, we thought we’d bring a fresh new look to the incredible work that the SBAC and a robust group of chamber partners have spearheaded. We continue to advocate…

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New SBAC Empower Educational Webinars

SBAC Empower strives to provide up to date resources to assist in your small business growth. We are proud to announce new Educational Webinars viewable at your leisure focused on helping small businesses open brick-and-mortar establishments in underserved communities. These webinars review programming that pertains to navigating the process of zoning, licensing, and leasing space…

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We’ve been busy advocating for you!

We’ve been busy advocating for you! We’ve been busy advocating for the small business comunity! It’s been a busy past few weeks for the SBAC. Our fight to revitalize local business districts continues fervently.  We are committed to meeting our Illinois Alders individually to discuss our SBAC Agenda and how to build a better Illinois.…

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August 17th, 2022 – Small Business Workshop – What to ask Before You Open Your Doors

August 17th, 2022 – Small Business Workshop – What to ask Before You Open Your Doors August 17th, 2022 SBAC Empower, Groupon + the Greater Englewood Chamber Of Commerce present an open Q&A session to answer your questions on starting a business. Opening a business and have a question on business usage, zoning, banking, etc?…

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REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: Hyde Park Farmers Market Opens Sunday!

REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: Hyde Park Farmers Market Opens Sunday! The Hyde Park Farmers Market will return to the parking lot behind the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., this Sunday, June 5. The Hyde Park Farmers Market will return to the parking lot behind the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd…

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REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: 51st Corridor Development

REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: 51st Corridor Development Vacant land being transformed to a multi-purpose unit! A development duo on the South Side of Chicago is bringing more restaurants, retail and housing to 51st Street Corridor. This multi-purpose unit will be built on a vacant space. Developments such as this are perfect examples of what can…

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SBAC Empower Presents: What to Ask Before Opening Your Doors

What to Ask Before You Open Your Door SBAC Empower partners with Logan Square Chamber of Commerce to present a Q&A session on Zoning, Real Estate and Funding aimed at small business owners looking to open a new business in the city of Chicago. Click on the Video to open in YouTube and jump to…

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