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SEPTEMBER 18, 2011


The Voice of Small Business  

Today's guest: John Kabateck


About John:

John is the President of the California branch of NFIB. NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business.
NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.

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They serve your favorite tacos, make the best coffee in town and have your dry cleaning done in a flash. You buy your insurance, homes and other services from them. They are your neighborhood small businesses, and they are on every street in your community.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is proud to represent these businesses that represent “Main Street” and the spirit of entrepreneurship all across the country. NFIB is non-partisan and is the nation’s oldest and largest organization representing only small businesses. In California, we represent nearly 20,000 small businesses and advocate the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. Owning and operating a small business is one of the most profound ways for people to make a difference in their communities.
But who is the average small business owner? Here are a few facts that might surprise you:
  • Fifty-two (52) percent of small employers have a college degree.
  • Thirteen (13) percent of small employers hold at least one copyright.
  • Forty-six (46) percent of small-business owners obtain 95 percent or more of their entire household income from a business. The median income of a household headed by a small-business owner is about $100,000.
Small businesses are an essential part of the community. Forty-eight (48) percent of small, employing businesses have two or more family members who own the business. Nearly three quarters of small employers volunteer their time on behalf of some community or civic group and ninety-one (91) percent of small employers contributed to their community in the last year through volunteering, in- kind contributions, and/or direct cash donations. The estimated average value of contributions is $6,600 per small employer, for a total of roughly $40 billion.
NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America and California’s free enterprise system. We advocate vigorously at the state and national level for tax and regulatory reform, against frivolous lawsuits and make sure our members’ stories and voices are heard.
Through member meetings with legislators around the state, media opportunities and testifying before legislative committees, our members have access to their elected representatives and the opportunity to tell their personal story. Because of our members’ active involvement, NFIB/CA was the only statewide business organization to oppose – on the record – recent attempts to raise taxes in California.
And NFIB members make a tremendous impact at the ballot box, too. Last year, 30 of the 36 California legislative candidates endorsed by NFIB won; 19 of the 22 California congressional candidates endorsed by NFIB won. We witnessed a total of 25 NFIB members nationwide elected to Congress!
NFIB also gives our young leaders the support they need and deserve to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams.  Our Young Entrepreneur Award program encourages young people to pursue entrepreneurship as a career path and over the last eight years, 2,226 scholarships have been awarded graduating high school seniors totaling over $2.5 million. And to help the small business owners we represent grow their bottom line, we also offer NFIB members discounts on workers comp insurance, Fed Ex, human resource consulting and other business essentials.
Small businesses are going to lead California out of this recession – NFIB/CA is passionately fighting for regulatory reform, tax reform and a fair playing field for all small businesses in our state, and giving small business job creators the support and resources they need to succeed. We are proud to be the indispensible resource and full-service community network for California’s and the nation’s small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.  To learn more, please visit NFIB/CA at
(Source for all data points unless otherwise indicated is the NFIB National Small Business Poll Series)

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