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National News Releases

  • NFIB Launches National "Vote for Main Street" Campaign to Activate Small Business Communities and Voters in 2014 ElectionsAugust 19, 2014The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) launched a national political program today casting the 2014 elections as a “referendum” on Washington’s ability to restore trust with the small business community. The “Vote for Main Street” campaign defines crucial policy priorities for small businesses and their employees and urges them to support and vote for candidates with a track record of keeping their promises to small businesses.
  • NFIB Jobs Statement: Job Creation Fades Slightly but Stats Remain PositiveJuly 31, 2014Chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) William C. Dunkelberg, issued the following statement on July’s job numbers, based on NFIB’s monthly economic survey that will be released on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. The survey was conducted in July and reflects the responses of 1,645 sampled NFIB members:
  • NFIB Stands up For Property Rights in TexasJuly 25, 2014Will Newton, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement in response to NFIB’s amicus brief filing with the in the case Texas v. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. In this case the Texas Supreme Court will have to decide whether or not a business should be compensated for a billboard when the State orders the company to remove it from the property as part of a highway expansion project. NFIB’s amicus argues that the owner should be compensated whenever government requires removal of a standing structure—especially if removal results in destruction.
  • Kansas High School Senior Receives National Award for Entrepreneurial SuccessJuly 16, 2014Zack Haney of Topeka KS wins entrepreneurial scholarship for owning and operating his own business, Kansas Carnival Supply, LLC and for giving back to the community.
  • New York High School Senior Receives National Award for EntrepreneurialJuly 16, 2014LeiLei Secor of Hagaman NY wins entrepreneurial scholarship for owning and operating her own business, Designed by Lei.
  • Two High School Seniors Receive National Award for Entrepreneurial SuccessesJuly 16, 2014Two high school seniors are recognized for entrepreneurship. They were presented with a scholarship to use toward their college tuition.
  • NFIB Urges Supreme Court to Protect Process for Ensuring Small Business Has Access to Mobile ServicesJuly 11, 2014Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, made the following statement in response to NFIB’s amicus brief filing in T-Mobile v. City of Roswell. In this case the Supreme Court will have to decide whether local municipalities must provide detailed explanations to wireless carriers when they deny applications to build new cell towers.
  • NFIB Asks Congress to Stop Massive Federal OverreachJuly 08, 2014The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) sent letters to a U.S. Senator and the House Appropriations Committee today thanking them for efforts to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from greatly expanding federal authority over private property and dramatically changing definitions in the Clean Water Act.
  • NFIB: Federal Government Can’t Use Sarbanes Oxley to Hook Small Business OwnersJuly 08, 2014Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, made the following statement in response to NFIB’s amicus brief filing in Yates vs. US. In this case the Supreme Court will have to decide whether or not John Yates, a fisherman who threw back three undersized fish, should be criminally prosecuted and imprisoned under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a law intended to stop corporate fraud.
  • NFIB SBET: Small Business Optimism Can’t Be SustainedJuly 08, 2014After a promising 3 month run, June’s Optimism Index fell 1.6 points to 95.0. While job components improved, capital outlays and planned spending faded along with expectations for improving business conditions. Overall only two Index components improved, two were unchanged, and six fell.
  • NFIB Jobs Statement: Job Picture Remains SolidJuly 02, 2014Chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) William C. Dunkelberg, issued the following statement on June’s job numbers, based on NFIB’s monthly economic survey that will be released on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The survey was conducted in June and reflects the responses of 672 sampled NFIB members:
  • NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Announces Winner of the NFIB/Craft Media Entrepreneurship Video AwardJuly 02, 2014Today the National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation (YEF) announced Paloma Ortiz as the winner of the NFIB Entrepreneurship Video award, a scholarship program designed to provide an opportunity for young people to utilize their passion for entrepreneurship in a creative manner. Paloma Ortiz is a recent high school graduate from Llano, Texas and owner of Paloma Productions. She will be attending University of Texas-Austin in the fall where she will major in biology.
  • Supreme Court Deals Blow to Union SchemesJune 30, 2014Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the case Harris v. Quinn. In this case NFIB filed an amicus brief arguing that forcing home care providers to affiliate with a union and subsidize union activities violated their rights to free expression and association.
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Unconstitutional NLRB Recess AppointmentsJune 26, 2014Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the case Harris v. Quinn. In this case NFIB filed an amicus brief arguing that forcing homecare providers to affiliate with a union and subsidize union activities violated their rights to free expression and association.
  • NFIB: CA Supreme Court Ruling on AED’s is a Win for Small BusinessJune 23, 2014John Kabateck, NFIB CA State Director, made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court of California’s decision in the case Verdugo v. Target. NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center previously joined with the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) in filing an amicus brief in this case, urging the Court to reject the Plaintiffs' attempt to require California businesses to have and maintain Automated External Defibrillators ("AED") on their premises.
  • Supreme Court Stops the EPA from Rewriting the Clean Air ActJune 23, 2014Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the case Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA. In this case the Supreme Court had to decide how far the EPA could go in regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act (CAA). NFIB was a plaintiff. From the beginning, NFIB argued that the EPA has manipulated the CAA.
  • NFIB Takes Wage Fight to the Second Circuit Court of AppealsJune 23, 2014Today the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center joined with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals. The case Wills v. Radio Shack will have significant implications for employers that utilize the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method of calculating overtime compensation. Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center Karen Harned issued the following statement in response to the filing:
  • Support Family Businesses; Repeal Estate TaxJune 18, 2014Family Business Estate Tax Coalition Co-Chair Matt Turkstra made the following statement in response to today’s announcement that H.R. 2429, The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013, added a 221st cosponsor:
  • Small Business Wants Opportunity, Not HandoutsJune 17, 2014National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Manager of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch made the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Administration of ‘pen and phone actions’ to spur entrepreneurship:
  • NFIB Files Brief in NLRB Battle over E-Mail UseJune 17, 2014Today, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NFIB is a leading member, filed an amicus brief with the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) arguing that the Board should not reverse Register-Guard. Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center Karen Harned issued the following statement in response to the filing.