NFIB California Main Street Minute

Date: October 17, 2022

For the legislative and political week October 17-21

Welcome to the October 17-21 edition of the NFIB California Main Street Minute from your NFIB small-business-advocacy team in Sacramento.


  • Comprehensive study gives NFIB high marks

NFIB Rated one of the Best

  • Management consulting company giant APCO Worldwide came out with its latest TradeMarks Study last week, and it had very high marks for NFIB.

  • According to the company’s website, “APCO Insight developed the TradeMarks Study to identify the key characteristics that define association effectiveness in achieving the public policy priorities of its members. Advanced statistical analysis allowed us to isolate the characteristics that have the most impact in shaping policy success, helping associations to act with conviction.”

  • The TradeMarks Study measured 15 characteristics for its Top Performing Association category, and it found NFIB No. 1 in five of them: member mobilization, multilateral impact, industry reputation steward, media relations, and local impact.

  • “The TradeMarks Model is informed by more than 30 years of conducting qualitative and quantitative research for associations among Washington, D.C., policy leaders—the Members of Congress and their staff, executive branch professionals and other influencers who shape the opinions of associations,” according to the company.

  • NFIB California thanks the biggest reason for our success—our members. We are the conduit for your voice, which as the APCO study found, is being heard. Thank you.

Latest NFIB California Podcast Released

  • The Venture Capital Fund Helping the Smaller Entrepreneurs is the title of NFIB California’s latest podcast, and special guest Kwame Anku, co-founder and CEO of the Black Star Fund, is absolutely riveting.

  • Anku’s father came from Ghana with absolutely nothing and became a physician owning two medical clinics in Cleveland. Kwame Anku discusses his own struggles setting up his venture capital firm and the ingredients all entrepreneurs need to be a success.

  • In the 37-minute podcast, Anku also discusses:

— Which musical hero had the biggest influence on him and why

— The proper role of government in fostering a healthy economy

— His favorite example of California’s heavy regulatory hand

— Why the old dichotomies of big business versus small business and boss versus worker are over

— And. the two forces all successful businesses have.

Final Political Endorsements

  • NFIB CA PAC, the political action committee of NFIB California, will send its final endorsement news releases out today and tomorrow. In all, the PAC made nine endorsements for State Senate and 16 endorsements for State Assembly. NFIB FedPAC made 14 endorsements for the U.S. House of Representatives from California.

  • NFIB members were sent a Voter Guide by mail with the endorsements. Individual news releases sent to the media for some of the candidates can be found on the NFIB California webpage. Rules prohibit herding them all into one webstory, so if you need to know whom NFIB endorsed and what State Director John Kabateck said about them, email Media Manager Tony Malandra at [email protected] or Grassroots Manager Taylor Criddle at [email protected].

NFIB California in the News

NFIB National

Highlights of the week from NFIB Legislative Program Manager Caitlin Lanzara

Next Main Street Minute October 24.


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