About SBAC Empower

SBAC Empower was founded as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2016. Its sole purpose is to provide education, mentoring and business resources to aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs in the economically challenged areas across the greater Chicagoland area. With its dedicated and knowledgeable board and supporters, SBAC Empower is uniquely suited to deliver on this mission.


To be the bridge to education, resources and support that empowers entrepreneurs to build communities.


Elliot Richardson, Korey & Richardson

Founder & President
Elliot Richardson is the Co-Founder and President of the Small Business Advocacy Council, an organization laser-focused on improving the economic environment for small businesses in the State of Illinois. The SBAC strives to empower the small business community by bringing business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs together to speak with a unified, and strong voice.

Elliot Richardson is also a partner at the law firm of Korey Richardson LLP, handling a variety of commercial litigation matters in both federal and state court.

Elliot has been involved in community service since his college days at Bradley University. Presently, Elliot serves on the Board of Directors for Childserv, a large and successful organization focused on helping at-risk children. Elliot is co-chair of the resource development committee of this organization. Elliot is also on the board of Youth Conservation Corp., a dynamic non-profit which provides training in the construction industry to at-risk children.

Elliot formerly served on the Board of Directors for Youth Communications, an organization that empowers children by teaching them crucial writing skills. He also served on the Editorial Board of the Chicago Bar Association and on the executive committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA. Elliot also served on the board of the YMCA Alliance Board.

Elliot received his law degree from the University of Dayton. In law school, he was the member of the Public Interest Law Organization and received the University of Dayton School of Law Pro Bono Publico Service Award. Elliot graduated from Bradley University with a degree in sociology and criminal justice. He obtained a minor in history.

Scott Baskin, Retired President & CEO of Mark Shale

Scott Baskin retired as President and CEO of Mark Shale in 2011. Mark Shale was Chicago’s largest independent clothing retailer with stores in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Prior to his business career, Scott served as Chief Legislative Assistant to the late Congressman Abner Mikva.

In addition to his professional experience, Scott is an engaged community leader. He is a board member of Uptown United, an economic development organization serving Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. He was an elected member of the Northside College Prep High School Local Council and chair of its finance committee, and past treasurer of the Center for Law and Social Work.

Iris Marreck, iris.b. branding & communications, What A Great Website!, Iris.B.

Iris Marreck has over 30 years of branding, graphic design, web and digital design and marketing experience in the Chicago metro area. She is the owner of Iris B. Branding & Communications, and a partner in What A Great Website. Iris B. specializes in branding, graphic design and print. What A Great Website is a web development and digital marketing firm.

Iris currently serves on the boards of Twist Out Cancer, SBAC Women In Business and SBAC Empower.  She is also an active committee member of the Magnificent Mile Association and EPWNG, and a member of the Advisory Board of Literature for All of Us.

Paul S. Detlefs, The Traction Group, EOS® Implementer

Paul Detlefs has spent over 40 years advising small and mid-sized businesses and their owners, working with over 200 companies over that time. After 24 years at Andersen Consulting/Accenture, in 2002 he founded The Prestwick Group, a consulting and advisory firm focused on small and mid-sized businesses and their owners.  He spends almost all of his time now as a Professional Implementer of EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System, serving as a teacher, facilitator and coach for his clients.