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RPH Irrigation earns top Reinke honors

RPH Irrigation Services in Choteau, a top-award winning Reinke dealership, is inviting customers and community members to a customer social at the Stage Stop Inn Convention Center on March 21. RPH Irrigation Services with locations in Choteau, and Lethbridge, Strathmore and Taber, Alberta, was recognized as the top-selling Reinke dealership in the United States and Read More…

North Dakota lenders recognized for small business loans

Eight North Dakota lenders have earned the 2016 Director’s Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration North Dakota District Office, honoring their participation with SBA in supporting the growth and expansion of small businesses in their communities. The winners are: Dakota Certified Development Corp., U.S. Bank, Capital Credit Union, Choice Financial, VISIONBank, Starion Financial, Town Read More…

Family Business Day honors tight-knit Montana entrepreneurs

A pair of local businesses were honored as part of the 23rd Annual Family Business Day hosted by Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship. Bozeman baked goods company Elliotts of Montana and retailer Wild West Shirt Company were among the six businesses awarded at Friday’s event. Busted Knuckle Brewery in Glasgow, Read More…

Burger Dive wins at ZooMontana, advances to World Food Championships

Burger Dive’s “I’m Your Huckleberry” is the People’s Choice at the the Zoofari burger competition at ZooMontana on Friday night. The very first Zoofari brought burgers, brews and bands for a big party and fund raiser. The Montana Beef Council sponsored the competition. Callaghan Enterprises, Grille 406 out of Bozeman, Stacked, a Montana Grill and Read More…

Regulatory Relief

The Issue… Regulatory Relief On two separate occasions in the last month, NFIB was invited to and took part in providing testimony in front of both the Texas Senate and House regarding the regulatory and tax hurdles small business owners face, as well as what the Legislature could do to help ease those burdens in Read More…

Owners of former Stimson mill site give tour of business activity

BONNER — When Steve Nelson and Mike Boehme bought the former Stimson lumber mill site in Bonner in 2011, they saw potential in the blighted, polluted industrial area. Recently, the duo gave a tour to showcase the business activity going on there. Today, 10 separate businesses employing roughly 250 people occupy the 170-acre site, including Read More…

2017 Challenges in the South Dakota Legislature

Workers’ compensation, Medicaid expansion, and protection of independent businesses highlight work ahead The 92nd South Dakota Legislature sits down for business on January 10, 2017. The following are some of the issues vital for small-business survival that NFIB will be monitoring and lobbying on. Workers’ Compensation  Legislators will need to address the high costs of Read More…

AlphaGraphics Billings Announces Top 10 Sales Award

At the AlphaGraphics Annual Conference in New Orleans, AlphaGraphics of Billings owners Jake Eaton and Dustin Frost were presented with the AlphaGraphics 2015 Top 10 Sales Award, recognizing the locally owned center’s annual sales volume as 10th highest among the nearly 300 AlphaGraphics business centers worldwide. AlphaGraphics of Billings, a full service print communications company, Read More…

Responding to an ADA Lawsuit

[embedded content] You may have heard about the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and wondered how it might affect your business. Perhaps you heard about predatory plaintiffs using the ADA to extort small businesses in ‘drive-by’ lawsuits. Even if you haven’t heard of the ADA, the reality is that you likely have obligations to make Read More…

Quiz: Whats Your Leadership Style?

Find out if, when it comes to running your small business, you’re more dominating or democratic. HONE YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS. Learn great tips in our resource center.  Ever wondered what type of a leader you are? The results might surprise you. Take our quiz and see what that says about your management style. What’s your Read More…

$12 Minimum Wage & Indexing

NFIB is gearing up for a fight against a citizens’ initiative to raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2020, index for automatic yearly increases starting in 2021, and gradually increase the tipped employee minimum to match the match the minimum for all workers by 2024.

Expanded Workplace Control

NFIB is fighting to defeat various attempts to expand reasons an employee may demand time off from work, including months of unpaid leave, as well as fighting against restrictions on screening employees who might pose a financial risk to a business. Related Content: Issues | State | Maine | Paid Leave

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Small business owners are rightly concerned about broad effect the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations are having on their bottom lines. From farms to construction companies, the EPA’s reach is extending further into the operations of small business owners. In fact, a 2010 Small Business Administration study found that small businesses spend an average of 364 Read More…

Frivolous Lawsuits

Background Frivolous lawsuits create a climate of fear for America’s small businesses. While some claims are legitimate, a large percentage are completely without merit. However, individuals and entities that are sued still have to defend themselves, and this defense is often costly to both business and consumers. Individuals and attorneys who file baseless claims and victimize innocent people Read More…

What To Know About HB 394

Ohio’s unemployment system remains insolvent and the state will continue to owe interest payments to the federal government until the nearly $770 million in loans is repaid.  Since the last recession Ohio is one of three remaining states with an outstanding balance owed to the federal government.  As a result of ongoing borrowing, in 2016, Read More…

Members of Congress Take the Small Business Challenge

[embedded content] House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy takes the Small Business Challenge. NFIB’s Small Business Challenge is a national campaign that invites lawmakers to spend a day “on the job” at a small business in their community and allows them to experience firsthand the challenges small-business owners face, including day-to-day management, compliance, and tax issues. We hope Read More…

NFIB/Ohio 2016 Legislative Update

The Ohio General Assembly is back in full swing this spring.  There are several bills that we are closely monitoring that could see movement before the legislature breaks for summer recess including legislation workers’ compensation subrogation, small claims court reform, sales tax holiday and restricting residency requirements on construction projects, all of which NFIB/Ohio has Read More…

Washington Minimum Wage Watch

An NFIB home page chronicling Washington state’s journey into job loss The articles on this page serve as a one-stop resource for NFIB members and the public at large on the minimum-wage issue. They are listed chronologically from the most recent down to a 2013 article shortly before voters in Sea-Tac passed Proposition 1, making Read More…