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SBAC Member Andrea Trovato of RonTro Enterprises Interviewed by The American Business Person

SBAC Member Andrea Trovato of RonTro Enterprises explains Business Challenges in a interview with The American Business Person. RonTro Enterprises, Inc. is a total metal fabrication job shop. They have been laser cutting and metal fabricating for 23 years, since 1989. They provide laser cutting services for both the industry and private business.

President Andrea Trovato of RonTro shares triumph, collapse and the current rebirth of the metal laser-cutting company which she and husband Ron built in 1999. Following a guilt-ridden scrutiny of her mistakes, Andrea has stopped blaming herself and knows that trouble stemmed from a global financial crisis. She switched her focus to hard work, building a good reputation, and smart business to rebuild the company and work which the Trovatos love. They have learned: secure partnership agreements and cut losses fast. They spend their time doing what they do well and hire experts for financial, legal, and markeating needs. Spending money on skilled marketing and public relations is key to success. Appreciation marketing distinguishes RonTro. The Trovatos appreciate the life lessons their three daughers have learned from RonTro's ups and downs. Andrea says: don't look back or over analyze, and believe in what you do. With hard work success will come.

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WEBINAR: IS CERTIFICATION RIGHT FOR YOU? Hosted by The Women's Business Development Center

The Small Business Contracts Act, an SBAC drafted bill, set a goal of 10% of all state procurement contracts to go to small business. This bill was signed into law last year by Gov. Quinn.

Currently, only 2% of state procurement contracts go to small business. The SBAC is committed to proving information on how to take advantage of the opportunities that are available for contracting with the government.The first step is to become certified.

The Women's Business Development Center is hosting a webinar about certification by one of their resident experts. Local, state and federal certifications will be covered, along with the private certification offered by the Women's Business Development Center.

1/26/2012 9:30 AM to 1/26/2012 11:00 AM

For more information and to register, visit the link below:

A special thank you to SBAC Member, Julie Savitt of AMS Earth Movers, for providing us with this information. Julie is part of a committee organizing an informational forum for folks interested in learning more about the process of contracting with the government. Details to follow.

SBAC Member, Brad Thompson with Millennium Properties, Would Like to Invite You to the CBF's Fat Tuesday Event!

February 21, 2012
5:30 - 9:00 PM Dave & Busters
1030 N. Clark St., Chicago

Compete to raise funds for your favorite legal aid organization or just relax and have fun with friends and colleagues. This year’s event will challenge games, entertainment and an exciting silent auction.

$60 Individual Tickets include all activities, a light buffet dinner, desserts, beer and wine.

See the last year's Fat Tuesday Challenge on the front page of the March 9th Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Meredith Mazzuca at

Brad Thompson
Millennium Properties R/E, Inc

CBA Young Lawyers Section Presents Their Sixth Annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament!

SBAC members Passen Law Group and KCHR LLC are extending an invitation to you to attend this year’s Sixth Annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament presented by the CBA Young Lawyers Section, which will be held the evening of Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Standard Club. Proceeds from the event benefit the Chicago Bar Foundation, which provides funding for legal services to the neediest members of our community. This year, we hope to raise more than $40,000 for this important cause.

The event is a ton of fun – even if you have never before played poker. There are also some great prizes included in a raffle, as well as for those who make it to the final table. The event includes a buffet dinner and drinks.

Please purchase your tickets today – the price increases on Friday! Sign up at

Great Turnout for the SBAC's First Happy Hour of 2012!

We would like to thank everyone who came out last night for our first SBAC Happy Hour of 2012! We had a nice crowd, beautiful venue, delicious food, and everything made for an extremely successful night!

Take a look at the pictures from last night at:

Once again, thanks to our January Happy Hour sponsors. Your commitment to our efforts and small business is greatly appreciated. Our sponsors are:

* eDot * Des Plaines Office Equipment * McGovern & Greene * KCHR * 3-Points LLC * Jerry S. Pearlstein Insurance, Ltd. * Jensen Reporting

We would also like to thank Sullivan's Steakhouse for providing the delicious appetizers. For the best steaks in town, visit Sullivan's Steakhouse. A special thank you to David Davis with Davis
Audio and Video LLC for providing the audio equipment for the night!

New SBAC Strategic Partner, Sales Results, Inc., Providing SBAC Members with a Free Initial Business Consultation!

Sales Results, Inc. will give the SBAC 10% on all business generated through the SBAC. Plus, SBAC members get 20% off our services. Please Call Steve Fretzin for a free initial consult.

SALES RESULTS is an elite provider of sales and sales management training, executive coaching, and business networking education. They are, as their name implies, all about results. Their clients know that effective sales training is the best investment they can make in their careers, and Sales Results strives to maximize that ROI.

They work with entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives who aspire to the highest standards and practices of selling in their chosen industries. They offer sales instruction and support that is transformational.

Their experienced and supremely-dedicated sales coaches truly lead by example. All boast impressive track records in sales, management, and business development, and inject a great deal of humanity into the sales training process. Their coaching programs are designed to facilitate learning through focused workshops, one-on-one coaching and even opportunities for networking.

Contact them to learn how Sales Results can help you.

Steve Fretzin, Founder & President

Phone: (847) 317-1575 E-mail:

SBAC Featured Member Jerome Schain with Schain Burney Banks & Kenny, Ltd.

Jerry Schain is a partner with Schain, Burney, Banks & Kenny, Ltd. where he practices in the areas of land use, zoning, real estate development, condemnation, developer incentives and government relations.

He has been involved in numerous new and redevelopment projects ranging from suburban planned unit developments to urban high rises. Mr. Schain represents clients before various municipal, county and state boards and agencies.Throughout his many years of land use practice, Mr. Schain has advised numerous municipal officials and developers in regulatory and development matters.

With extensive experience successfully representing clients in both the private and the public sector, the attorneys of Schain, Burney, Banks & Kenny, Ltd. (SBBK) bring an in depth understanding of both government and business perspectives, with a proven history of providing quality representation that meets our clients’ strategic objectives.With each attorney offering a very unique legal expertise, SBBK provides efficient results-driven representation, using a team approach to conserve our client resources as we counsel them on matters relating to a wide range of legal topics.

For more information call 312-345-5742 or check out his website at:

Don't forget to join us tomorrow at our monthly SBAC Happy Hour!

Don't forget to join us this coming Thursday, January 12th, at our first SBAC Happy Hour of the year! Enjoy an evening of great business connections, appetizers and drinks from 6-8pm. SBAC Happy Hours provide folks with the opportunity to meet, catch-up and share information about their businesses. Numerous SBAC members have been introduced at our functions that are now doing business together.

We would like to thank our January Happy Hour sponsors. Your commitment to our efforts and small business is greatly appreciated. Our sponsors are:

* eDot
* Des Plaines Office Equipment
* McGovern & Greene
* 3-Points, LLC
* Jerry S. Pearlstein Insurance, Ltd.
* Jensen Reporting


SBAC Members: Free

Guests: $10

Date: 1/12/12

Time: 6-8pm

Location: DIRTT Environmental Solutions

325 N. Wells, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60654.

To RSVP or for further information, contact Stephanie at

SBAC Featured Member Joann Carbine with Organize Office Systems, Ltd !

Do you treat your file cabinet like a storage facility? Are the drawers just stuffed with old trade magazines, bills, receipts, and paper from 1995? Yes, I said 1995. In this digital age there is no reason to save so much paper. There is some kind of comfort into saving items, whether that’s with paper or things. There’s nothing wrong with saving some memorabilia, it doesn’t need to be a whole file cabinet.If you are buying more containers , baskets, and bins to store your stuff in the office, that is not the solution.

A system for organizing records will not only help you find important documents easily, but will help you from accumulating old outdated papers that just add to the confusion.If your files are not lean and current, then I can help you develop a system to ensure everything is in place.

Joann Carbine of Organize Office Systems, Ltd can help you with:
* Having more free time
* Bring relief from your frustration
* Finding a place for your paperwork

Are you:
Frustrated and anxious over your desk?
Wasting time looking for lost items?
Feel overwhelmed by your stacks of paper?
Want to de-clutter but don’t know where to start?
I can Help! Take the first step toward organizing your business!

Call 847-317-0421 for more information and a free half hour consultation
For more information, check out her website at:

New Strategic Partner, Michael Shapiro with Dynamic Management Solutions, Offers Members Special Rate on his Entrepreneurs Group

SBAC members interested in participating in the Entrepreneurs Group - a facilitated peer support group providing goal-setting, accountability, and a board of trusted advisors - will receive $50.00 off of 3 months of membership. The discount will apply to the 1st, 3rd, and 6th months of membership, and will only apply to new members of an Entrepreneurs Group.

For more details, check out their Strategic Partnership listing at:

Dynamic Solutions Entrepreneurs Group:

The Sorry State of Successful Entrepreneurs

It’s hard to believe successful businesspeople can be sorry about anything, but they frequently are. From our personal experience, there’s even a case to be made that the more successful you are in business, the more likely you are to be sorry:

• For being late
• For not responding to e-mails or returning calls
• For missing critical deadlines
• For being months behind with bookkeeping
• For the need to reschedule a meeting or call
• For the inability to take on a new project because you’re overwhelmed with current work

This list doesn’t include what may be the sorriest states of all: being constantly late for dinner, missing that soccer game, piano recital, glee club solo, or your kids being kids.

Some entrepreneurs know enough to be sorry or at least say they’re sorry. Others are clueless and/or hold strange or unrealistic beliefs; like there’s always a tomorrow or that time will expand based upon need. These entrepreneurs typically don’t feel anyone can master tasks the way they can, so they pile the burden on their own shoulders and slowly sink under the weight. They don’t delegate—they inundate and unfortunately, can’t extricate from the mire they’ve created.