National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
I consider myself an entrepreneur. My business, Integra Business Systems, was incorporated in March, 1988. Our slogan is “advancing the paperless office.” We develop enterprise content management (ECM) software also known as document imaging, or the electronic file cabinet. Our customers include financial institutions and the financial services industry. Our customers eliminate paper by digitizing documents by scanning paper or capture and archive “born digital” documents. Born digital documents include Adobe Acrobat (PDF) documents, Word, Excel, Google Docs, email, etc… We have 30 employees and growing. We are a private, closely held, self-funded small business.
I believe the freedom and the success small business owners are blessed with and enjoy here in the USA, is based on the entrepreneurial spirit; individuals driven by God, family and freedom, the foundation America. I believe my business and thousands of small businesses like Integra, make up the heart and soul of our great country.
I also believe you get out, what you put into something. I discovered the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) several years ago while I was stumbling through some of our Human Resource (HR) issues. The NFIB Employee Handbook available to members, opened the door to our long-term association.
The NFIB became a reliable source of content related to the needs of a small business in areas to include HR, finances, sales and marketing, legal and regulatory issues. Like all small businesses, all these areas are costly and difficult to navigate alone. While I cannot advocate the NFIB as a replacement for professional consultation and their services, the NFIB serves as an affordable surrogate source and Garmin-like resource for small business.
I realize this sounds like a “paid ” endorsement. The only shameless promotion here is my own. In fact, any involvement you have or partake upon with the NFIB is entirely up to you. Like I said, “You get out, what you put into something.”
Towards that end I want to share with you what I think this is the best and most timely message to the public with regard to understanding the plight of small business and the economy that anyone could have delivered to this president and the rest of the politico in DC.
There is so much smoke and mirrors coming from the media and the Obama administration with regard to small business, I just wish more media outlets would have published this message (follow the link) from Dan Danner, NFIB president.
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