Be A Small Business Voter
Elections are business decisions. Good small business policies begin with electing the right people. To make a difference in the legislative process we must vote for candidates and elected officials who support free enterprise.
One of the many benefits of NFIB membership is that you receive state and federal candidate endorsement information and opportunities to hear directly from the candidates, either in person or live via teleforum calls. Members also have access to resources such as our Scorecard for incumbents. For the latest information visit your NFIB state page, view the Federal Scorecard, or view your State Scorecards.
Supporting candidates who support free enterprise helps protect the future of small business. As a campaign volunteer, you choose how you support a candidate. Local races and special elections will especially benefit from your involvement because they typically do not have a lot of volunteers or voters. A little effort can go a long way. Volunteering can be fun and rewarding. The following information will help you become an effective campaign volunteer and help elect business-friendly candidates.
Your vote counts, and you make a difference every election you vote! If you’re already registered to vote, encourage others to register as well.
NFIB Fed PAC
The NFIB Political Action Committee, NFIB Fed PAC, supports candidates in both federal and state elections who stand up for small business. The Fed PAC may choose to endorse incumbent legislators based on their NFIB vote record and supports challengers and candidates for open seats based on responses to our candidate questionnaire and a demonstrated ability to run an effective campaign. The Fed PAC can also make financial donations or undertake other efforts in key races. This is made possible thanks to the generous, voluntary contributions of NFIB members. To learn more about NFIB’s endorsed candidate process, click here.
Establish a relationship with candidates
Campaign season is a crucial time for candidates running for office. It is when candidates turn to you, the voter, to help get them elected. Seize this opportunity to establish a relationship with potential lawmakers and their staff by volunteering your time, resources, or financial support before you need their help.
Positive word-of-mouth is a great mode of promotion. Talk to your friends and family about pro-business candidates and explain how important it is for the community to elect them. You can also utilize social media, such as Facebook, to get the message out and remind others to vote on Election Day.
Host a meet and greet (link to info listed under Communicate with Elected Officials)
Write a letter to your local newspaper editor
Write a letter to your local newspaper editor explaining why you support a candidate. This is free publicity and can shed light on an issue and candidate some voters have yet considered. For tips on drafting your own letter, click here.
Make a financial contribution
Financial contributions may not be as personal as volunteering, but they are a campaign necessity. Candidates typically offer fundraising events that provide an opportunity to meet the candidate, as well as make a contribution. Any time you meet a candidate, speak with them about issues that impact your business and offer yourself as a resource.
TIP: Be an effective volunteer
When volunteering on a campaign, remember you are representing the candidate and the business community. If you get in a conversation with someone who does not share your values or does not like the candidate you support, it is OK to respectfully disagree and move on. Your energy is better spent elsewhere. Never badmouth the other candidate(s). The business community needs to have working relationships with all elected officials.
The small business vote is so much larger than just you, the owner. Small businesses are about their families, their employees, their customers, and their communities. As a small business owner, there are several things you can do now that have a big impact on and before Election Day.
- Encourage your employees to register to vote, if they aren’t already
- Remind your employees to vote on Election Day or take advantage of early voting
One thing you can do is talk to your employees about key issues and how they impact your business. Employees tend to trust their employers over other sources of information. When employees learn the facts about the candidates and issues that impact their small business workplace, they can make an informed decision at the ballot box.
Many NFIB members serve in Congress and in state Legislatures across the country. The perspective of small business owners is vital to the lawmaking process, and there is no better way to influence legislation then by being a legislator. NFIB has helped elect pro-business candidates to office and has valuable tools to offer. If interested in learning more, click here, or contact NFIB’s political department at [email protected].