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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 Categories Action Calls Advocacy Events Information Member Benefits Member Relations Premier…

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ACTION CALL: Big Legislation for Small Businesses Big Legislation for Small Businesses President Biden has signed The American Rescue Plan Act (H.R. 1319) into law.  Accordingly, the State of Illinois is expected to receive over 7.5 billion in funds to foster recovery from the pandemic. A robust coalition of small business advocates are urging lawmakers…

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The SBAC Supports Relief For Chicago Small Businesses Through Reimbursement of Liquor License Fees The SBAC supports a proposed Chicago ordinance which will reimburse small businesses a portion of the liquor license fees they paid because they could not use their license during pandemic related shutdowns.  This ordinance will help many local businesses recover from…

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PRESS RELEASE: BIG Legislation for Small Businesses BIG LEGISLATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES March 25, 2021  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Elliot Richardson // 847-380-4900 // Elliot@sbacil.org Illinois small businesses are fighting to recover from the pandemic.  However, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity reports that out of the 40,000 businesses that applied for a Business…

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Black And African American Owned Businesses Should Receive Their Fair Share Of State Contracts  Black And African American Owned Businesses Should Receive Their Fair Share Of State Contracts Illinois has failed many Black and African American owned small businesses because they have been unable to procure their fair share of state contracts or receive a…

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BIG Legislation for Small Businesses READ H.B 1860 HERE READ S.B 1982 HERE BIG LEGISLATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES President Biden has signed The American Rescue Plan Act (H.R 1319) into law.  Accordingly, the State of Illinois is expected to receive $7.549 billion in funds to foster recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. A robust coalition of small…

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Business Interruption Grant Program IL – Many small and local businesses were devastated by the pandemic but only 20% of applicants received Illinois Business Interruption Grants.  Watch coverage of SBAC President Elliot Richardson testifying before the Illinois Senate Commerce Commission about the need for an improved and more inclusive process in the future.   Watch…

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Legislation to Help Black Owned Businesses Receive a Fair Share of State Contracts READ H.B 2629 HERE TAKE ACTION Black Owned Businesses Deserve Access to Government Contracts Illinois has failed Black and African American owned businesses by failing to provide them access to state contracts.  For too long, they have been denied a fair share…

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Property Tax Reform Platform The state of Illinois has the second highest property taxes in the nation. Illinois has 6,918 local units of government as of the latest Census Bureau data, more than any state in the nation. Redundant government entities and a flawed assessment model contribute disproportionately high property taxes. The Small Business Advocacy…

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R.I.S.E. Act READ HB-0801 HERE READ SB-2490 HERE TAKE ACTION Recovery Initiative to Support Employment Small businesses in many industries are struggling and as a result, have no choice but to layoff valued employees. Entrepreneurs and independent contractors in the fields most impacted by the pandemic are also losing their businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic has…

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