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Byline Bank Recognizes Small Business Saturday with Small Business Advocacy Council Contribution

Byline Bank Recognizes Small Business Saturday with Small Business Advocacy Council Contribution CHICAGO, IL (November 2021) – This Small Business Saturday, November 27, Byline Bank, Illinois’ top Small Business Administration lender, is recognizing the work of the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) of Illinois with a $5,000 sponsorship contribution. The SBAC is a nonpartisan member-driven…

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Chicago businesses are feeling the effects of supply-chain slowdowns

Supply chain issues are a tremendous concern for the small business community especially as the holiday season approaches. “Small businesses are just having a tremendously difficult time getting the supplies that they need to run their business, and, of course, this is even more concerning with the holiday season approaching,” said Elliot Richardson, president of…

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IACCE Conversation with Speaker of the House, Chris Welch

IACCE Conversation with Speaker of the House, Chris Welch The SBAC’s Elliot Richardson had the distinct pleasure of moderating the IACCE – Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives call with Emanuel Chris Welch and Office of State Representative Carol Ammons last Friday. Watch the entire conversation addressing issues such as Back to Business Grants…

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DHBL w/Elliot Richardson November 8, 2021

DHBL w/Elliot Richardson November 8, 2021 SBAC President Elliot Richardson urges policymakers to adopt an economic strategy focused on local businesses and communities in his Daily Herald Business Ledger Column. READ HERE Navigate Action Calls Advocacy CCRC Events Information Lawyers Corner Member Benefits Member Relations Premier Advocates SBAC News Small Business Package Uncategorized Archives Archives…

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The 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 workforce and generate revenue. There…

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Take the Community Survey!!

Click Here to take the Community Survey! Revitalize Local Businesses and Neighborhoods Thriving commercial corridors support local communities across Chicago and Cook County.  Prior to the pandemic, however, many corridors struggled.  As Chicago emerges from the pandemic and local communities confront a new economic landscape, a strong coalition of stakeholders is needed to advocate for…

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Advocating for disadvantaged commercial corridors

Advocating for disadvantaged commercial corridors SBAC President Elliot Richardson discusses a policy that will reduce vacant properties in struggling neighborhood business districts.  Replacing commercial vacancies with small businesses will support local communities. WATCH HERE: https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/988007 Navigate Action Calls Advocacy CCRC Events Information Lawyers Corner Member Benefits Member Relations Premier Advocates SBAC News Small Business Package…

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BLOCK CITY CHICAGO REPORTS on Commercial Corridor Revitalization

BLOCK CITY CHICAGO REPORTS on Commercial Corridor Revitalization BLOCK CITY CHICAGO REPORTS HYDE PARK, WOODLAWN, SOUTH SHORE Some Landlords Keep Their Storefronts Empty For Years — And Get Tax Breaks For It. Business Leaders Want To Change That Small business advocates want to limit the tax breaks property owners can get on vacant storefronts. On…

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Illinois policymakers need to allocate rescue plan grants to help struggling businesses.

Illinois policymakers need to allocate rescue plan grants to help struggling businesses. The SBAC is advocating to ensure struggling and qualified businesses across Illinois have access to Back to Business grants. This means making sure the grant program is adequately funded. Read Elliot’s article in The State Journal-Register here. Navigate Action Calls Advocacy CCRC Events…

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Calling for IL Occupational Licensing Reform

Calling for IL Occupational Licensing Reform Occupational licenses should protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. Unfortunately, some occupational licenses are unnecessary and burdensome. They create unwarranted barriers for Illinois entrepreneurs and those interested in working in new professions. Needless occupational licenses also keep people from moving to Illinois. Needless occupational licenses, or…

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