History of NFIB: 1943-2011


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The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) recently celebrated its 68th birthday. Journey through the past 68 years of America's top small business association.

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History of NFIB: 1943-2011

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  2. 2. 1943C. Wilson Harderfounds the NationalFederation of SmallBusiness (NFSB), Inc.in the basement of hishome in San MateoCalifornia, and signsup its first members at$8.50 a year. 2
  3. 3. 1949NFSBbecomes theNationalFederation ofIndependentBusiness(NFIB). 3
  4. 4. 1958The firstMandates areprinted on oneside of singlesheet of paper.The formatremains simpletoday. 4
  5. 5. In the early days, almost everyonepitched in to help with the Mandatemailing. 5
  6. 6. 1959An earlyemployeepublicationhighlights“Sixteen Yearsof Growth andProgress.” 6
  7. 7. 1969Wilson S. Johnson-formerly an NFIBdivision manager iselected president ofNFIB. Membership isat 266,000 when hetakes office and willdouble under hisleadership. 7
  8. 8. 1977Auto dealerCharles Raffonebecomes the500,000th smallbusiness ownerto join NFIB. 8
  9. 9. 1983The board ofdirectors namesJohn Sloan asNFIB‟s thirdPresident. 9
  10. 10. 1984 President John Sloan and NFIB counsel Mike McKevitt visit in Vice President George Bush‟s West Wing Office. 10
  11. 11. 1985Led by WayneCampbell (hired in1979) in the StateGovernmentRelationsdepartment, NFIBreaches a long-heldgoal: a lobbyist inevery state. 11
  12. 12. 1986PresidentReaganaddresses NFIBmembers. 12 Read more
  13. 13. 1990Debut issue ofIndependentBusiness magazineis published. 13
  14. 14. 1992 Jack Faris becomes NFIB‟s fourth president. In 1993, he leads NFIB in the fight of its life: defeating the Clinton health-care employer mandate. 14
  15. 15. 1997NFIB unveils the Campaign to Abolishthe IRS Code inIndependence, Missouri. TheCampaign gathers more than onemillion signatures and garners national 15media attention.
  16. 16. 2000The second NFIBCongressional SmallBusiness Summit is heldin Washington, D.C.Retired General ColinPowell, Speaker of theHouse Dennis Hastert andIRS CommissionerCharles Rossotti areamong the key speakers. 16
  17. 17. 2000MYBusiness magazinebecomes the premiermember publication.“Capitol Coverage” and“NFIB Report from theState Capitols” arefeatures of the newmagazine. 17
  18. 18. 2000NFIB President Jack Faris is namedNo. 1 on the “Power 30” list be FortuneSmall Business magazine. TomSullivan, Executive Director of the NFIBLegal Foundation, is also listed at No.23. 18
  19. 19. 2001 NFIB expands its online presence to become the Internet‟s most comprehensive small-business resource. 19
  20. 20. 2001NFIB and its membershelp defeatOccupational Safety andHealth Administration‟sergonomics regulationsthat would have costsmall-business ownersmore than $40 billion. 20
  21. 21. 2002NFIB stages its third Congressional SmallBusiness Summit in Washington, D.C.where Barbara Bush, Dick Cheney, ElaineChao and other members of PresidentBush‟s staff address NFIB members and 21staffers.
  22. 22. 2003President Bushnames NFIBPresident Jack Faristo the President‟sExport Council(PEC), the premiernational advisorycommittee on 22international trade.
  23. 23. Hundreds of the nation‟s2004 politically active small- business owners converged on Washington, D.C. for the NFIB National Small Business Summit. Among the highlights: a stirring address by President George W. Bush, a former NFIB member. 23
  24. 24. 2006Todd A.Stottlemyerbecomes the5th President ofNFIB. 24
  25. 25. 2008@NFIBlaunches withcurrently over5,000 followers. 25
  26. 26. NFIB and eBay partner to host theNational Small Business Summit, sobusinesses of all types, from brick andmortar, to online, could come together tolearn and connect. 2008 26
  27. 27. 2009NFIB launcheswebinar series forsmall businessowners, watched by10,000 viewers todate. Attend a webinar 27
  28. 28. 2009 Dan Danner is named the 6th President of NFIB.Meet Dan Danner 28
  29. 29. 2009NFIB creates aFacebook page forthose who „Like‟small business. 29
  30. 30. 2010 25 NFIB Members Join the 112th Congress. 30Read more
  31. 31. 2010NFIB joins 26 states in the historiclawsuit challenging theconstitutionality of the PatientProtection and Affordable Care Act. 31
  32. 32. 2010The newNFIB.comlaunches, improving theonlineexperience forsmall businessowners andmembers 32
  33. 33. 2011The NFIB.com studio launches withbreaking interviews covering issuesand raising awareness for smallbusinesses. Take a look 33
  34. 34. Will you help us write the future? Join today and help us shape the way we promote and protect your right to own, operate, and grow your small business. For more information, visit: http://www.nfib.com