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About the Campaign


The SBAC’s Stand Tall campaign is meant to strengthen and unite the small business community. Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. We aim to mend Illinois’ ‘backbone’ by urging entrepreneurs to stand tall together and help support advocacy initiatives that empower small businesses.


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Join the fight!

The SBAC will be spreading our non-partisan message to the masses through a grassroots advocacy field campaign. Join the fight to push legislators to pass a responsible budget. 

Learn more about our grassroots efforts and sign up to participate here!


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Use the discount code standtall35 and get $35 off your annual membership!


Advocacy is what keeps me engaged and passionate in the SBAC. We have to build critical mass to foster political relevance. It is the glue that holds all of us together. It is that shared passion that also makes the SBAC such a networking powerhouse.

Melissa Ryzy, WCPT 820

I joined the SBAC because privately held businesses are my life and have been for 24 years. I stay involved in the SBAC because I want to help make a difference. I don’t want to just ride the coattails of pioneers like Elliot and the SBAC team. I want to help them affect change. The SBAC at its heart is built up of people of character who share a mission. If you are looking to network with a great group of people while truly helping businesses have a voice in Illinois, I would highly recommend becoming a part of the SBAC.

Stephen Ball, MB Financial Bank

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Give small businesses a voice


The SBAC calls on small business owners to ‘stand tall’ to achieve a collective voice in government policy. Together, we hope to improve the economic environment for small businesses in Illinois.

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“We started the SBAC because of a profound need for the small business community to come together and speak with a unified voice.”

– Elliot Richardson, CEO & Co-Founder

SBAC members all seem to go out of their way to help other business people, moreso than any organization I’ve ever been a part of. I joined the SBAC for two reasons: to be part of the voice for small businesses and to expand my sphere of influence.

Jack Quill, @properties

I joined the SBAC in its early days. I’ve seen the difference the SBAC has made and its continued drive to do more. I have also grown personally and professionally, having developed a fantastic network through the years. The SBAC fights for small businesses to make Illinois STAND TALL!

Jim Scordo, McGovern & Greene

I joined the SBAC immediately after starting my business because their mission perfectly aligned with my needs. The SBAC’s advocacy efforts are strong and they provide prolific networking initiatives for their members. It is imperative that there is a strong voice for small businesses in the political arena with enough critical mass to make an impact.

Eric Lazar, SpeedPro Chicago Loop

Of all the organizations I’ve worked with none has been as pro-active and effective as the SBAC. It listens –really listens– to small business owners’ concerns. Then it swings into action formulating plans, setting goals and holding folks accountable. The SBAC is an action group. They are giving small businesses a voice in today’s political arena.

Linda Ehlers, Velur Enterprises

Member Spotlights

Stephen Ball

Senior Vice President
MB Financial Bank
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As an SBAC Board Member, Stephen is passionate about the SBAC’s cause. He also received the Philip Zelkowitz Small Business Champion Award at our Advocacy Dinner.

Dwayne Hirsch

Real Estate Agent
Coldwell Banker
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A dedicated SBAC member, Dwayne is on the Executive Board and Policy and Membership Committees. He also hosts our Hyde Park Happy Hour.

Michele Rubin

Executive Director
SBAC Empower
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Michele leads SBAC Empower, a non-profit focused on furthering the SBAC’s mission and providing education and support to aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Creating A Strategic Partnership

SBAC Members Michael Caramagno and Amy Scoma Cramer share how the SBAC helped them form a strong professional relationship. Read their story here.

Michael Caramagno

Caramagno & Associates
“The SBAC is relational, not transactional. A focus on advocacy and networking leads to stronger relationships with fellow small business owners.”

Amy Scoma Cramer

Cramer Law Chicago, P.C.
“If you’re a networking veteran or novice, you’ll be able to meet an incredible group of people in the SBAC that have the giving spirit to help you in your business.”

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