Celebrating more than 80 years representing America’s small-business owners, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization with 65,000 members in every state and every industry in the U.S. We are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization.
NSBA boasts decades of small-business advocacy expertise, from our long-serving leadership to our knowledgeable and well-connected government affairs team—we have who it takes to get the job done.
We offer access to the latest resources, information, and best practices in advocacy and communications for our members, government offices, and the media.
Nearly 80 Years
For nearly 80 years, the NSBA has represented the small business community before the U.S. Congress, White House, and federal agencies, advocating for the interests of their customers, their companies, and their communities to help ensure the continued viability of their small business way of life.
NSBA’s membership comprises more than 65,000 small businesses in all 50 states and representing every industry. Small businesses have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1995 and we’re proud to represent our members in the Nation’s Capitol and beyond.
50 States & every industry
There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US. NSBA’s membership comprises more than 65,000 small businesses in all 50 states and representing every industry. This large network of small business advocates allows us to proudly represent our members interests in the Nation’s Capitol and beyond.
NSBA is the nation’s oldest, and longest-running small-business advocacy organization. We have accomplished a great deal in the last 80-plus years from the enactment of critical access to capital programs and important small-business tax deductions to repealing some of the most potentially damaging laws and regulations.
While our efforts are focused on federal advocacy, NSBA is continually providing a snapshot of what’s on the mind of America’s small-business community through our two biannual Economic Reports and various targeted surveys.
NSBA has been recognized as a pragmatic, non-political small-business organization and is proud to represent the 70 million owners and employees that comprise American small business.
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Advocate of the Year Awards
Among the key criteria used in determining award finalists is a commitment to small-business advocacy above and beyond policies that specifically impact their own business or industry, as well as a broad scope of volunteer efforts to advance and improve small business.
Qualifications and Criteria:
- A demonstrated commitment to small-business advocacy above and beyond policies that specifically impact their own business or industry;
- A proven history of volunteer efforts to advance and improve the overall small-business community;
- Success in advocating for pro-small business policies; and
- Success and growth as a small-business owner
- 2017 – David Ickert, Air Tractor, Inc. in Olney, Texas, an agricultural airplane manufacturer.
- 2015 – Gary Kushner, Kushner & Company in Portage, Mich., a benefits management, design and administration company.
- 2014 – Brian Stein, S&S Intersource, a refractory business serving the steel industry in Mars, Pennsylvania.
- 2013 – Raymond Arth, President of Phoenix Products, Inc. in Avon Lake, Ohio, a 37-year strong faucet manufacturer and supplier specializing in recreational vehicles and manufactured housing.
- 2011 – Grafton H. “Cap” Willey, IV, Managing director at CBIZ Tofias in Providence, R.I., a full service accounting, auditing, tax and consulting firm with over 40 years of experience.
- 2010 – Michael Mitternight, president and owner of Factory Service Agency, Inc., a commercial air conditioning service and construction company in New Orleans.
- 2009 – Thomas C. Pitrone, CFP and head of The Integrity Group in Willoughby, Ohio, a 25-year strong firm that provides financial services and advice to other small businesses.
- 2008 – Joseph Melookaran, CPA, founder of JMA Chartered in Overland Park, Kansas, a professional services firm specializing in public assurance, IT, network design and security.
- 2007 – Scott Hauge, president of Cal Insurance & Associates and executive director of Small Business California, a grassroots organization with significant influence in California;
- 2006 – Robert Schmidt, founder of Cleveland Medical Devices Inc. and Orbital Research Inc., an active voice in state and national politics on taxation and commercialization; and
- 2005 – Valerie W. Perlowitz, founder and CEO of Reliable Integration Services, Inc., a leader in technology issues serving on President George W. Bush’s IT Advisory Council
OUR AFFILIATES & Councils
NSBA membership comes with many benefits and for a nominal yearly fee those benefits can be greatly enhanced by joining one of NSBA’s Councils. There is no better way to compliment your NSBA membership, expand your business network, and gain access to valuable resources than joining one or more of the following councils.
The Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) is involved in educational activities which include conferences and seminars on government procurement and other education activities for small business, government officials and officials of large companies. SBTC encourages the exchanges of ideas and information on improving the transitioning of research and development (R&D) and technology into the commercial marketplace.
The NSBA Leadership Council is a select group of small business activists who have a desire to participate by advocating on behalf of small business with Congress, the Administration, State and Local Government and the Media. NSBA Leadership Council members are a broad diverse group of business owners that share the common attribute of being leaders in their communities.
The Small Business Exporters Association (SBEA) serves as the international trade arm of NSBA. Membership within SBEA includes governmental advocacy on behalf of all small exporters, and on behalf of individual member companies that encounter government difficulties as they export; networking opportunities with other small and medium-sized US companies involved in exporting; and member benefits designed to save your company money as you export.