The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Florida will be holding their annual Small Business Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, at the Governor’s Club.
Founded in 1943, NFIB is composed of more than 300,000 small and independent business owners that aim to promote and protect citizens’ rights to own, create and manage their own businesses.
Martina Miller, a fourth-year business administration student at Florida A&M University feels that being a business owner ensures that your business runs to your liking.
“Owning my own business will give me the freedom to own and operate my dream and manage it how I want while applying all the skills I’ve learned from school,” Miller stated.
NFIB Florida is the largest small business association in the state.
Dan Danner, NFIB President and CEO, warned members to be prepared to deal with future policies and guidelines that the government may come up with to regulate small and independent businesses in a segment called Ask Dan on its website.
“Take advantage of the NFIB information and make sure you are prepared for what is coming and know your responsibilities,” Danner stated.
NFIB’s members have support teams in Washington, D.C. as well as all 50 states that work and fight to give all types of small and independent businesses a voice in government policy making.
At the Small Business Day, NFIB members and non-members will gather with different business owners from around the state to lobby legislators for the small business cause.
Members have many benefits through the NFIB such as cost-effective personal insurance, savings on business and financial services, and free human resources support for their businesses.
When it comes to running your own independent business, there is a lot of work to accomplish. Many people that have goals of managing their own company do not always realize what it takes to do so.
Aaron Thomas, a Florida A&M University psychology graduate, said it is not as easy as people think it is.
“It takes a lot of time, dedication, work and patience because things may not always work as fast as you would like it to,” Thomas said.
Members will have a general registration fee for the event at the Capitol of $50, non-NFIB members will have a registration fee of $60. These registration fees will include legislative lobbying visits at the Capitol with a welcome reception on Wednesday and a general small business day meeting that also includes lunch on Thursday.
This is not the first time that NFIB Florida has held this event. At last year’s event, the reception was held at the Governor’s Mansion. There were visits from Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, CFO Jeff Atwater, and many other people that are influential to law-making in Florida.
In addition to Florida, NFIB will be holding Small Business Days in Washington, Tennessee, Maine, and Oregon this year.
For more information on NFIB and how you can become a member to fight for the rights of independent business owners and more, visit http://www.nfib.com/florida/.