Guide to NFIB Tools, Resources, and Advocacy Initiatives
Holding federal officials accountable to small business owners
Decisions made at the federal level of government significantly impact your business. NFIB’s Federal Government Relations team fights for pro-small business policies and against anti-small business policies in Congress and in federal agencies. We track and analyze legislation and regulations that will directly and indirectly affect small business owners’ ability to operate and grow their businesses. NFIB’s Federal Government Relations team serves as a connection between NFIB members and federal policymakers on important issues. NFIB takes positions on federal legislation based on ballots submitted by NFIB members indicating their priorities, as well as NFIB Research Center surveys of NFIB members. NFIB uses member feedback to advocate for good small business policies and against bad small business policies, we:
In all 50 states, NFIB is fighting for the issues that impact our members
Whether you’re in a small state, a large one or somewhere in between, you’re a part of a nationwide group of hundreds of thousands of NFIB members and your influence in your state is undeniable. Together with NFIB, small business owners are engaged in legislative, political, and grassroots efforts that make an impact on the state legislative and regulatory decisions made by your elected officials. Every state is key to our successes in fighting for the interests of small business owners. For example:
Your voice can influence change
As a small business owner your voice matters because no one knows your business and your story, like you. When you share the real impact laws and regulations have on your business, employees, family and community, legislators listen. Every day, NFIB works to ensure the voice of small business is heard by state and federal legislators, candidates, regulators, the media, and the public. We are most impactful when it comes directly from business owners like you. That’s why NFIB makes it easy for you to take action and be heard. NFIB empowers you with tools, and support so you can engage the right decision makers on issues important to you and your business.
Grassroots action by NFIB members has resulted in victories like the historic 2017 tax cuts, the small business deduction, and making small business expensing permanent. But there’s still much work to be done. Visit our Advocacy Center to see how you can be a small business advocate!
Good laws start with electing good candidates
Decisions made at every level of government can impact your business. NFIB’s Political team raises political action funds separate from NFIB membership dues and fights to elect candidates who will be the best advocates for NFIB’s members. Because good policy depends on the election of pro-small business candidates. NFIB’s work to elect and re-elect pro-small business candidates is among the most effective and recognized Political programs in the business community. Our history of success means candidates at all levels of government seek NFIB’s support, because they recognize the NFIB network of Small Business Voters is essential to a successful campaign. Our political action committees are fueled by donations outside of NFIB membership dues and endorse candidates who are pro-small business. Whether they are incumbents, candidates running for an open seat, or challengers seeking to unseat an anti-small business officeholder. NFIB gets involved in elections in several ways, we:
Your legal resource and the voice for small business in the nation's courts
Your business’ legal questions need answers, whether you’re looking for tip sheets and templates like an employee handbook, one-page guidance on telework pay, COVID-19 related loan program rules, or anything in between. The NFIB Small Business Legal Center has answered tens of thousands of pandemic-related questions from individual business owners over the past year, and that’s just a snapshot of its role for the past two decades, delivering vital information to America’s small businesses, and fighting for their rights in the courts. The Legal Center’s most popular resources include answers to questions like:
In addition to the many resources available from the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, it protects the rights of America’s small business owners in the courts with a focus on precedent-setting legal cases that will influence small business’ bottom line.
Knowledge is power
NFIB’s nation-leading research program provides key resources for small business owners and informs newsmakers and lawmakers on the combined priorities of small business owners nationwide. The NFIB Research Center digs into the details of policies that impact businesses like yours and develops webinars and resources that simplify the complex – so you can get back to your business. The Research Center also surveys NFIB members and publishes trusted reports that are must-have resources for newsmakers and lawmakers nationwide. The Research Center explains the policy-related problems small business owners encounter. Its popular tools and reports include:
Taken on its own, America’s small business economy is the third largest economy in the world. It creates half of America’s new jobs and nearly half of the country’s economic growth. When leaders in Washington, D.C., state capitals and Wall Street want a pulse on the small business economy, the NFIB Research Center is their source. Access the Research Center’s reports and resources at NFIB.com/Research.
Your membership grants you access to offers on products and services your business needs
You’ve told us what products and services you need to help your business run smoothly. With that in mind, NFIB’s Member Services team is constantly negotiating with preferred providers to help your business grow. The collective buying power of NFIB’s hundreds of thousands of small business owners means you may save thousands of dollars each year through NFIB’s Member Offers. Several of these offers are also available to your employees at no additional cost to you.
Access member-exclusive offers:
As a part of the NFIB community, you have access to products and services that have been vetted by NFIB’s Member Services team. Join fellow NFIB members, some of whom are saving up to $5,000 year through our Member Offers.