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 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.
The Federal Government Relations provides numerous benefits to NFIB members, 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 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 state legislative and regulatory decisions made by elected officials. Every state is key to our success 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 that 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 at the state and federal level, advocating for and fighting against legislation, laws, and regulations that impact small businesses. But there’s still much work to be done.
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, or anything in between. The NFIB Small Business Legal Center delivers vital information to America’s small businesses and fights for their rights in the courts.
The Legal Center’s most popular resources include answers to questions, such as:
In addition to the many resources available, the Legal Center 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.
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.
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 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.
Member-exclusive offers include:
As a part of the NFIB community, you have access to products and services that have been vetted by NFIB’s Member Services team.