SBAC & MB Financial Bank Conference

10/25/2018 08:00 AM - 11:30 AM 


*Parking for all attendees is complimentary. Park in the self-park lot and take the offered ticket. You will receive a second ticket at registration to cover the cost.*

We all know about the challenges small businesses face in Illinois, but this event will provide an opportunity to see the positive forces at work to stimulate economic growth and innovation in our state. Join us for a no-spin conversation with Mark Peterson, the CEO of Intersect Illinois, the lead economic development office for the state.

This event will also feature the Venture Pitch Session, highlighting three companies in growth mode, who will compete for $4000 in cash and prizes. Learn about top up and coming companies in Chicagoland and hear from our expert panel of judges - and perhaps learn some tips for your own business!


08:00 AM – Doors Open // Attendees Register // Eat Breakfast // Open Networking
09:00 AM – Conversation and Q&A with 
Mark Peterson, CEO of Intersect Illinois - Moderated by Elliot Richardson, SBAC Founder & President

*** 15 Minute Attendee Break ***

10:00 AM – SBAC Venture Pitch Session presented by UPS -- featuring three companies in growth mode.
11:15 AM – Score tabulation // Winner announced
11:30AM – Events Ends

Congratulations to our Venture Pitch Session Participants!


Gather Voices: a Chicago-based software company that helps businesses, nonprofits and associations dramatically increase their digital engagement through video. The GV-One platform from Gather Voices makes it easy to collect, edit and publish videos from customers, donors, members, alumni and other stakeholders.


Paycove: a software that allows users to create custom quotes and invoices in seconds directly from their current CRM. Paycove users can integrate their existing CRM system to create quotes and invoices and payments while simultaneously updating their CRM in real time when a quotes been created/accepted or an invoice has been paid.


Spotivity: a dynamic and interactive search, mapping, and education app that helps enable users (kids and/or parents) make the best decisions about how to use time outside of school hours.

Event Price

SBAC Members & MB Partners - $30

SBAC Meetup Group - $30

BSN Members - $30

Skokie Chamber Members - $30

Non-SBAC Members - $40

At the Door - $40

Thank you to our Sponsors!

The SBAC & MB Financial Bank Small Business Conference is brought to you by MB Financial Bank.

The SBAC Venture Pitch Session is presented by UPS.


Prizes for the Venture Pitch Session genorously donated by: MB Financial Bank, UPS, Pasquesi Partners LLC, WeWork and Open One Solutions.


And a special thank you to the SBAC Venture Pitch Committee!

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