National Federation of Independent Businesses

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NFIB is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals

  • nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven
  • founding in 1943
  • exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses
  • When NFIB speaks, legislators listen
  • Issues the NFIB advocates come directly from NFIB’s members and our research
  • asked to bring the small business perspective to Congress, state capitals, the courts, and the media
  • works with trusted providers to offer you quality products and services that can save your business time and money

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      NFIB History

      • Founded by C. Wilson Harder in 1943
      • Maintained its headquarters in San Mateo, California, until 1992
      • Relocated to Nashville,TN in 1992.
      • Harder began with a home office and sold the first memberships to his neighbors. His vision was to give small and independent business a voice in governmental decision-making through advocacy. Since its early history, NFIB’s agenda has been determined through a one-vote balloting process of its membership. NFIB has grown from Harder’s for-profit entrepreneurial vision in 1943 to the non-profit national association it is today.