Less than a month out from the pivotal midterm elections, NFIB Road Teams will hit the campaign trail in the next two weeks, making stops in key districts in states such as Minnesota, Florida, Virginia, Indiana, and Tennessee.
NFIB staff member volunteers will visit local NFIB members to continue paving the road toward a more business-friendly environment. Volunteers will share information about where candidates stand on issues that affect the small business community and distribute copies of NFIB’s 2018 Voter Guide.
NFIB’s inaugural Road Team first took to the streets during the spring and summer of 2001 to meet business owners amid congressional special elections. The Road Team served as a great opportunity to build strong relationships with NFIB-endorsed candidates, members, and with other like-minded organizations—and it still does today.
After seeing the positive effect of connecting with small business owners in person and at their businesses, NFIB Road Teams have become a key component of NFIB political program during each election cycle. Over the years, NFIB has been able to personally connect with thousands of NFIB members nationwide.
In 2018, the pro-small business control of Congress is on the line, and issues like taxes, healthcare, regulations, and judicial nominations are at stake. A Small Business Voter is an owner who prioritizes those key issues, among others, when they enter the ballot booth. A Small Business Voter’s influence extends beyond the walls of a specific business to their employees, friends, community leaders, and neighbors. NFIB’s Road Teams are taking steps to ensure that NFIB members are informed on key issues and candidates.
Candidates remember the support they get from NFIB’s Road Team, too.
“To this day, United States Senator Cory Gardner remembers that we had a team on the ground in his Colorado district when he was running for Congress, and that’s a key relationship that you can continue to build upon years later,” according to NFIB’s National Political Director Sharon Sussin.
Visit NFIB’s Election Center for resources to help small business owner make informed decisions in the midterm elections.