Talking Points December 2, 2013

Coalition to Lower LLC Fees ~ New Member Orientation ~ Holiday Campaign ~ Grow Your Business Boot Camp ~ Upcoming Events

Mission of the SBAC
The SBAC is a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, creating valuable connections and facilitating business relationships, cost-savings programs (including Office Depot program, office sharing, and strategic sponsorships offering members discounted services and products) and educational services.

  • We believe that the success of small business is a critical component of the nation’s economic well-being
  • We believe that in order to ensure a fair and level playing field,
    small business must have a powerful and united advocacy voice at the local, state and federal level
  • We believe that through cooperative networking, idea sharing and education, small business can flourish

Rockford and Waukegan Chambers join Coalition to Lower LLC Fees
As we near the 2014 legislative session, the support of chambers and other business groups will be critical in moving our LLC bill to lower the state’s excessively high fees. Our newest coalition partners include the Rockford and Waukegan Chambers of Commerce, growing our coalition to 31 business groups. If you have any connections with chambers or business
organizations, introductions are highly encouraged. For questions or introductions, please email Blanca Campos at

Find out what the SBAC can do for you at our New Member Orientation
Whether you just joined the SBAC or you’ve been a member since the beginning, you’ll want to check out our New Member Orientation Lunch to learn about the many benefits, programs and advocacy outreach the SBAC offers to you as a member on Monday, December 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parthenon, located at 314 South Halsted, in Chicago. Our Membership Chair Melissa Ryzy, will lead the member orientation overview and our CEO, Elliot Richardson, will welcome the group. We thank SBAC Vice President Geoff Kasselman and Op2mize for sponsoring our New Member Orientations. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Save Money on Gifts this Season with the SBAC Holiday Campaign!
The SBAC is launching our first ever Holiday Campaign featuring discounted products and services from our SBAC businesses that are perfect for your gift-giving needs. Delight clients, employees, family and friends this holiday season, while saving money and supporting the SBAC and our members.

Head over to our Member Benefits section (Holiday Campaign)on our web site to see participating businesses and start shopping! Any questions, or if you would like to join the Holiday Campaign, please contact Amy Masters at Click here for the flyer listing all our participating businesses.

SBAC Hosts Free Small Business Boot Camp December 13
Join the SBAC and Sam’s Club for our Grow Your Business Boot Camp on Friday, December 13 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lutheran Center Conference Center, located at 8765 W. Higgins Road, in Chicago. In addition to breakfast, the free boot camp will offer two different tracks from which participants may attend three workshops from one of the following tracks: Access to Capital and Building your Business.

Special guest speakers include Letty Velez with Chicago Mini-Bus and our keynote speaker Ron Suber, with Prosper Marketplace. Click here for additional information about workshops and speakers and to reserve your spot. RSVP required.

Upcoming Events you won’t want to miss! (

  • December 4: Western Suburbs Breakfast at Tandem HR in Westchester from 8 to 9 a.m.
    Enjoy a free continental breakfast, get the latest on the ACA and healthcare coop and participate in a Toys for Tots toy drive
  • December 4: Women in Business Happy Hour at Trader Todd’s in Chicago from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Special thanks to Kathi Toll with Expert on Time for sponsoring!
  • December 12: Multi-Chapter Suburbs Holiday Party at Oak Brook Hyatt at McDonald’s Campus from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Special thanks to our Western Suburbs Executive Board for sponsoring!
  • December 13: Grow Your Business Boot Camp at LC Conference Center, 8567 Higgins Road in Chicago from 8 am to noon. Tickets are free and include breakfast. Click here for the flyer and email Amy Masters at to register!
  • December 19: Chicago Holiday Party and Toy Drive sponsored by our
    Young Professionals Board at Layer One Media in Chicago from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Special thanks to our host Brody Buss with Layer One Media and sponsor Heidi Newman with Golan’s Moving and Storage!
    Bring a toy to donate to child residing at A Safe Haven, age newborn to 15 and take $10 off your ticket price!