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WGN News Highlights Policy Change for Vacant Storefronts

Help Us Reduce Vacancies in Local Communities! SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE WGN News Highlights Policy Change for Vacant Storefronts Vacant storefronts litter neighborhood business districts in disinvested communities, causing blight, impacting safety, and depressing economic activity. Because of the negative impact of vacant properties in neighborhoods across the city, a robust coalition of chambers and place-based…

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Proposed Updates to Chicago’s Retailer and Food Vendor Rules

Visit the BACP website SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Proposed Updates to Chicago’s Retailer and Food Vendor Rules The Department of Business and Consumer Affairs (BACP) has published proposed updates to the City of Chicago’s Retailer Rules. The Department has also introduced certain rules for food vendors.   BACP is accepting public comments until February 26, 2024,…

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The Debate Over The Chicago Real Estate Transfer Tax

Download pdf here SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Register for the SBAC Informational Webinar: The Chicago Real Estate Transfer Tax HERE. The Debate Over The Chicago Real Estate Transfer Tax Chicago is a tremendous city with a proud tradition. Our great city, however, faces multiple challenges, including persistent economic headwinds and an increase in homelessness. Economic development…

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Support Chicago Small Businesses By Reducing Red Tape

Download pdf here SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE SUPPORT CHICAGO SMALL BUSINESSES BY REDUCING RED TAPE Policymakers can support small businesses and revitalize neighborhood business districts by cutting red tape, streamlining processes, and reducing the costs of launching and expanding Chicago businesses. This is a crucial time to break down barriers that cause unnecessary hardships for local businesses…

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Small Business Grants in Illinois

Financial Growth Opportunities Running a business is hard and small business owners often do not have time to navigate grants, tax credits, and other funding opportunities. We are excited to help. While we cannot cover everything, we will do our best to keep you current on economic incentives that may be available for your business…

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The Launch of the Chamber Relief Grant Program!

SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE We’re thrilled to announce the official launch of the Chamber Relief Grant Program by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The program aims to provide vital support to chambers of commerce dedicated to uplifting small businesses and local communities. DCEO announced the launch of the chamber relief grant program, along with opening…

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Saul Ewing Employment Update

SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE January 2024Authored by: David G. Shapiro and Marielle C. MacMinnSBAC Partner, Saul Ewing, provides an update on dubious Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims – “many of which were made at the urging of aggressive promoters. The IRS is offering a limited-time Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) to encourage taxpayers to come forward, allowing…

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Chicago Paid Time Off Ordinance Implementation Delayed!

Chicago Paid Time Off Ordinance Implementation Delayed! SBAC INSIGHTS PAGE Helpful Resources: View the English webinar on Chicago’s Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance HERE. View the Spanish webinar on Chicago’s Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance HERE. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Flyer Informational Flyer View the Proposed PTO…

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Join the Small Business Advocacy Council’s District Advocate Program!

Join the Small Business Advocacy Council’s District Advocate Program! Download the District Advocate Program One-Pager Insights Archive Insights Archive Select Month February 2024 January 2024 December 2023 November 2023 October 2023 August 2023 July 2023 June 2023 May 2023 April 2023 March 2023 February 2023 January 2023 December 2022 November 2022 October 2022 August 2022…

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SBAC 2023 Holiday Party

Did you miss it? We had  a great time at George Street Pub for the SBAC’s annual Holiday party. Wow – what an incredible turnout – busting out the venue with almost 100 folks!  Thank you for coming to celebrate the SBAC and its work in the Illinois communities.  We are excited to watch 2024…

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