In partnership with the self-employed, small businesses and entrepreneurs since 1982

The National Business Association (NBA) is a not-for-profit association, committed to assisting entrepreneurs and small business owners in all stages of their business. For 40 years the NBA has served business owners by supplying updated benefits, resource materials, tools, and support programs that help them achieve their goals.

Our Mission

To cultivate successful small businesses by connecting them to reliable resources and tools that meet their needs.

Our Vision

Become an indispensable resource for the self-employed, small business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Our Core Values

There are 5 core values we stand by and that we believe define who we are as an association, each one of our core values represents an important aspect of what we value and how we manage the association. We want our care to be reflected through our work.

We believe in the

free-enterprise system

We believe in an economy where individuals can choose where they work and how they invest their money, including the decision to start a small business. Where all individuals are free to buy and sell, make a profit, and own properties in a competitive market.

We believe small businesses are critical

Small business owners create jobs, provide goods and services, develop new cutting-edge technologies, establish strong markets, and support the development of healthy communities. They are critical to the success of not only our economy but our country.

We believe diversity is a strength

From diversity of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and sexual preference to diversity of thought and experience, diversity is empowerment. We strive to be a diverse team that prioritizes inclusivity.

We believe in vibrant communities

A strong and flourishing small business sector is essential to building and sustaining enriched communities. Communities are driven by small businesses that support causes—such as local charities, social organizations, the arts, and much more.

We believe passion brings ideas to life

Passion is the driving factor that pushed the idea of the National Business Association to fruition. It is a quality each of our Board Members possess and we hope inspires business owners to be passionate about their dreams.

Network of Supported Organizations

We have worked closely and built relationships with several professional organizations across the years who believe in serving the business community as much as we do. Establishing these relationships has expanded the number of resources and tools we can offer our NBA members.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small businesses and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.


SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteers and expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals. Since 1964, SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. They offer a wide range of services to established and budding business owners alike, including mentoring, webinars and courses on demand, a library of online services, and local events.

America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.

My Own Business Institute (MOBI) Santa Clara University

The mission of My Own Business Institute (MOBI) is to start businesses that create jobs by providing training and resources to entrepreneurs around the world. MOBI’s popular online courses teach new entrepreneurs how to start a business and experienced entrepreneurs how to grow a business.

Institute of Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)

The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women educates and empowers women around the world economically, socially, and politically. IEEW does this through its signature PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program, which uses a four-pronged approach focused on in-country education in Afghanistan and Rwanda, US-based Leadership Development, mentorship with American women and men, and paying it forward in local communities.

Northwood University

The Northwood academic community welcomes individuals with distinctive talents and the potential to make a difference through a life well spent. Through purposeful programming and course offerings they develop individuals who: can explain their personal values; appreciate the aesthetic, creative, and spiritual elements of life; seek lifelong education; are effective self-evaluators, and are action-oriented. These attributes encompass the holistic approach to developing the future leaders of a global free-enterprise society.

IRS Tax Outreach, Partnership and Education (TOPE)

The Tax Outreach, Partnership, and Education (TOPE) team promotes understanding of the IRS’ mission and goals, promotes two-way dialogue, and builds relationships with the tax professional community, government agencies, businesses, and groups outside the tax community. TOPE’s overriding goal is to help taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities by increasing accessibility to their resources.

Board of Directors

National Business Association Board Members

From Left to Right – Ken Yancey, Bryan Jackson, Rick Foster, Dr. Martin Walsh Becky Richardson, sitting