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.
If you own a small business, work for one or shop at one in your community, you should be a Small Business Voter.
7 Ways to be a Small Business Voter
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. (link to media L2E)
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.