NSBA Celebrates National Small Business WeekMay 16, 2011
Molly Brogan, VP of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C. – This week, as we celebrate National Small Business Week, the National Small Business Association (NSBA) is urging small businesses to get connected and get involved. As a sponsor of National Small Business Week and various events throughout the week, NSBA understands how critically important it is for small-business owners to have a voice.
“It’s up to each of us as small-business owners to take a moment and ask ourselves, ‘Are we doing enough?’,” stated Larry Nannis, CPA, NSBA chair and shareholder at Levine, Katz, Nannis + Solomon, P.C. “Whether through involvement in an association or through on-line activities, standing up for small business issues is something we all ought to be doing.”
In addition to the various activities hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration this week, NSBA is hosting its Board of Trustees meeting in Washington, D.C. and also will hold an Issue Briefingteleconference on Tuesday for members to hear from D.C. experts on tax reform and deficit reduction policies. Beyond participating in the week’s events, small-business owners can get involved and have their voice heard in less than five minutes year-round.
“We know that not everybody can afford a trip to Washington, D.C., financially, or time-wise,” stated Tim Reynolds, NSBA vice chair of communications and president/owner of Tribute, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. “Getting connected and getting involved can be as easy as joining a Facebook or LinkedIn page, or using NSBA’s Action Alert system.”
In-spite of the blurred lines between politics and money, good old-fashioned grass-roots efforts do bear fruit. To make it easy, NSBA has developed an on-line Action Center where, in less than five-minutes, small-business owners can personalize and send a letter to their elected officials or simply look up their phone numbers and make a call. It was this kind of grass-roots activity that resulted in repeal of the onerous, expanded 1099 reporting provision.
Being a small-business advocate can come in many different forms – it can take as much or as little time as one has. For small businesses, particularly in this economic environment, getting connected and getting involved is critical to ensuring that their voice is heard by policymakers locally and nationally.
Since 1937, NSBA has advocated on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. A staunchly nonpartisan organization, NSBA reaches more than 150,000 small businesses nationwide and is proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. For more information, please visit www.nsba.biz.