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Upcoming SBAC Events

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Small Business
Advocacy Council

20 S. Clark, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60603
Office: (312) 548-8608
Fax: (312) 372-7076
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SBAC Advocacy

The advocacy section contains profiles and other content related to our advocacy work.

SBAC and Jewish B2B Business Leaders Delegation Trip to Springfield

SBAC and Jewish B2B members head to Springfield to talk with legislators about importance of small business issues.

SBAC Gubernatorial Candidates Meet and Greet

As the March primary nears, Illinois’ gubernatorial candidates are
making their rounds. On January 10th, it was the turn of small business

Connecting with our Legislators

SBAC members in the western suburbs meet with Representative Ron Sandack

Solving the Pension Crisis

Issue: With the state facing a $100 billion unfunded public pension liability and accumulating $12.6 million in new debt every day, it is imperative that we engage and push our sta

SBAC 2013 Legislative Agenda

Small Business Advocacy Council
2013 Legislative Agenda

ACTION PAGE -- EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATORS A COPY OF THIS AGENDA
We highly encourage you to also call your legislators and send letters in support of our agenda.

The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) is a new organization of 700 small and mid-sized businesses. We actively engage in shaping public policy to reflect the interests of small and mid-sized businesses.

Of the 1.1 million businesses in Illinois, about 870,000 are self-employed, about 250,000 have 1-499 employees and 4300 have more than 500 employees. About half of the state’s 5.1 million employees work at small to mid-sized businesses (under 500 employees).

To create a better business climate in Illinois for small and mid-sized businesses, the SBAC proposes the following measures in 2013 for the General Assembly to consider.

1. LLC Filing Fees

Many small and mid-market businesses file and operate as Limited Liability Companies because that is best structure for their business. In Illinois, however, the fees associated with filing and operating an LLC are significantly higher than those paid by corporations. For example, the fee for filing an LLC in Illinois is three times higher than the fee for filing as a corporation and ranks among the highest in the nation. The fees associated with maintaining an Illinois LLC are also significantly higher - with LLCs paying an annual fee of $250 as opposed to the $75 fee paid by a corporation. Small businesses should not be penalized simply because they operate as LLCs.

Since we initiated legislation to lower LLC filing fees, the concept has gained considerable traction. Several additional bills have been filed that will reduce these fees. HB 2230, a bill that will reduce LLC fees by 50%, has been co-sponsored by 49 state representatives and secured strong, bi-partisan, support. Other bills seek to reduce LLC fees in various ways.

Email your Legislators our SBAC 2013 Policy Agenda!

Make the voice of small and mid-market business folks heard!

Email your Legislators our SBAC 2013 Policy Agenda and request their support directly from our our SBAC site below:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50355/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9921

Small Business Advocacy Council 2013 Legislative Agenda

Small Business Advocacy Council
2013 legislative agenda

The Small Business Advocacy Council is a new organization of 650 small and mid-sized businesses. We actively engage in shaping public policy to reflect the interests of small and mid-sized businesses.

Of the 1.1 million businesses in Illinois, about 870,000 are self-employed, about 250,000 have 1-499 employees and 4300 have more than 500 employees. About half of the state’s 5.1 million employees work at small to mid-sized businesses (under 500 employees).

To create a better business climate in Illinois for small and mid-sized businesses, the SBAC proposes the following measures in 2013 for the General Assembly to consider:

1. Lower LLC filing fees

Illinois has the highest filing fees for LLCs (Limited Liability Companies) in the nation. Each one of the two dozen or so fees (for an annual report, changing a name, amending articles of organization, etc.) are more than three times as high than the equivalent fees for corporations. These fees are well above the market for what states typically charge as filing fees for LLC and serve as a disincentive for entrepreneurs to create (or keel) their businesses in Illinois.

We support the following bills:

HB 65 (Ford-Davis, Golar, Flowers, Hoffman, Morrison, Williams, Pihos, Meier, Mayfield)
Reduces LLC fees to the same level as corporate fees

HB 2230 (Kay-Tryon-Pritchard-Hays, Sacia, Brauer, Rosenthal, Brown, Mitchell, Cavaletto, Halbrook, Davidsmeyer, Unes, Hammond, Tracy, Cabello, Kosel, Leitch, McAuliffe, Poe, Senger, Sommer, Bellock, Ives, Pihos, Durkin, Roth, Reis)
Reduces LLC fees by 50%

HB 2987 (Pihos)
Eliminates LLC expedited filing fee for requests submitted online

HB 3033 (Cloonen)
Reduces business filing fees for the first two years of its existence

HB 3395 (Pihos)
Reduces LLC article of organization fee to $100

SB 2246 (Radogno)
Reduces LLC filing fees to the same level as corporate fees