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This Meetup group was created to increase exposure in our community.  The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) hosts approximately 30 to 40 events per month in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.  While we have just begun building our presence on Meetup, the SBAC has an established membership and this Meetup group does not reflect all that attend. 

This is a group for anyone interested in Small Business Advocacy, professional networking, and savings for your business.  Small Business Owners and those that service small businesses should join this Meetup to expand their professional networks and support the best small business advocacy group in Illinois.  The SBAC has fought to give small businesses a voice locally, in Springfield, and in Washington, D.C.  SBAC successes include: legislation to bring a Health Insurance Cooperative to Illinois and getting the intrastate equity crowdfunding bill passed.


The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) was established in 2010 and represents hundreds of businesses in the Chicagoland area and thousands of businesses including our coalition partners. The SBAC is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization.

Mission Statement

The SBAC is a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, support services, and educational programs.

Membership Policies

The SBAC allows non-members to attend up to three events as a guest to see if the SBAC is a good fit for them before joining.  A SBAC membership is by organization, so all members of your organization can attend unlimited events when your organization joins the SBAC.  For all Membership Policies, click here.

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Recent Meetups

  • 3 days ago · 7:30 AM

    SBAC North Shore Breakfast

    2 Small Business Advocates

    Join us for breakfast in the North Shore at Max & Benny's! These events are a great place to relax, make new connections, and talk a little business. Event PriceEach... Learn more

  • 4 days ago · 12:00 PM

    SBAC Chicago Lunch

    3 Small Business Advocates

    We hope you will join us at our first Chicago event of the month at the Kinzie Chop House! There is no cost to attend and each person will have a separate check to pay... Learn more

  • 4 days ago · 11:30 AM

    SBAC Northwest Suburbs Lunch

    3 Small Business Advocates

    Join us at our new Northwest Suburbs lunch location, Granite City Food & Brewery! Schedule: Open Networking: 11:30am - 12pm Lunch: 12pm-1pm These gatherings are a great... Learn more

  • November 29 · 7:00 AM

    SBAC Fall Session Springfield Trip

    2 Small Business Advocates

    While Illinois faces unprecedented challenges, small business owners and Illinoisans across the state must engage in the legislative process and make your voices heard.... Learn more

  • November 21 · 11:45 AM

    SBAC Northshore Lunch (co-hosted by Niles and Morton Grove Chambers of Commerce)

    2 Small Business Advocates

    The SBAC is hosting a luncheon at Just Like Home. We are very excited to be sharing lunch with members of the Niles and Morton Grove Chambers of Commerce. This lunch... Learn more

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