History

National Business Association Throughout the Years

1988

  • R. Jerry Adams, PhD for the NBA begins development of the First Step Review computer program developed with the SBA to show the user their success in applying for a loan guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.
  • NBA received Letter from President Ronald Reagan, “I think you know how I feel about small Business. They are the backbone of our free enterprise system.”
  • “That’s why I commend your work in behalf of these business. By championing the interest of small entrepreneurs and their employees, the National Business Association makes a valuable contribution to the continued progress, prosperity, and happiness of our Nation”.

1989

  • District Director of U.S. Small Business Administration – James S. Reed expresses appreciation to R. Jerry Adams, PhD and the NBA “…for joining forces in that endless struggle to assist the nation’s small business community.” For Development of the First Step Review.
  • Sponsors SCORE’s publication “The Small Business SCORE”.
  • Sponsors Center on Education and Training for Employment.
  • First Step Review sent to SBA’ s Small Business Development Centers for comments and use.
  • Profit and loss program begins development.
  • Bob Allen Elected President of the NBA by the Board.

1990

  • SBA Assistant Director requests to work with the NBA for a Special Memorandum of Understanding and Partnership to make First Step Software Package more widely available.
  • The NBA presents First Step Review and Participates at SBA Conference – More Business for Your Business Conference.
  • First Step Review distributed by the Director of the South Texas to the network of South Texas Small Business Development Centers.

1991

  • The SBA’s Operating Plan Forecast printed by the NBA is used in Small Business Formation and Management Classes at University of Central Texas.
  • Sponsors SCORE Clipping Service to provide SCORE media releases of SCORE articles nationwide.
  • Kansas State Department of Education requests First Step Series for use in 50 Entrepreneurship Programs.
  • NBA’s First Step Cash Flow program developed by R. Jerry Adams; PhD begins distribution.
  • Sponsors the Center on Education and Training for Employment at Ohio State University.
  • Patron for U. S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Week.
  • Patron for SBA’s National Legislator Exchange Council’s Conference on Small Business Issues.
  • NBA’s booklet “Basic Steps to Starting Your Own Business “developed and distributed.
  • Selected by United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) to serve as member of committee to pick Outstanding Young Entrepreneur.

1992

  • Robert Allen, President of the NBA, receives letter from Patricia Saiki, the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, “…Permit me to take this opportunity to thank you and the National Business Association for the tremendous support you have given the SBA through the years.” …. “All of us at the SBA look forward to continuing this partnership and the benefits it brings our mutual constituents, America’s small business operators.”
  • Sponsors SCORE’ s Leadership Conference.
  • Continues as sponsor for SCORE Clipping Service.
  • Patron SBA’s Small Business Week.
  • Sponsors SBA’s Field Hearings examining the issue of
  • “Today’s Small Business for Tomorrow: A Skilled Work Force.”
  • Sponsors SBA’s Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Conference.
  • Support American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) orientation for new Members of Congress,
  • Support ALEC’s Scholarship fund.
  • Sponsors U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Expo.

1993

  • Patron for SBA’s Small Business Week.
  • Sponsors American Legislative Exchange Council, participate as Member.
  • Sponsors SBA's Regional Poster and Essay Contest.

1994

  • Sponsors Small Business Institute Directors Conference.
  • Patron for SBA’s Small Business Week.
  • Sponsors American Legislative Exchange Council Conference, participate as member.
  • Sponsors ALEC’s Orientation Conference for Freshmen Legislators.

1995

  • Sponsors Small Business Institute Directors Conference.
  • Patron for SBA’s Small Business Week.
  • Sponsors American Legislative Exchange Council, participate as member.

1996

  • Sponsors National Order of Women Legislators Annual Conference
  • Patron for SBA’s Small Business Week
  • Sponsors American Legislative Exchange Council, participate as member.

1997

  • National Business Association and First Step Review included in Westlaw a respected paid research tool.
  • Patron for SBA’s Small Business Week.
  • Sponsors American Legislative Exchange Council, participate as member.

1998

  • NBA and United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) create the “Best Workshop Award” to encourage excellence and innovation in workshop presentations at the annual national USABE Conference
  • Sponsors American Legislative Exchange Council, participate as member.
  • Sponsors National Foundation for Women Legislators and their annual conference for National Order for Women Legislators.

1999

  • NBA announces the NBA Scholarship Program. Scholarships awarded to dependents of NBA Members.
  • Silver Sponsor for SCORE’s 35th Anniversary Conference.
  • NBA and United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) offer the “Best Workshop Award” to encourage excellence and innovation in workshop presentations at the annual national USABE conference.
  • Sponsors American Legislative Exchange Council, participate as member.

2000

  • Terry Neese joins the NBA as Public Policy Advisor / GrassRoots Impact.
  • Neese is co-founder along with Barbara Kasoff a Member of the Democratic National Committee. GrassRoots Impact provides a communication strategy for corporations and government agencies.
  • Terry Neese appears before U. S. House Sub-Committee on Government Programs and Oversight Committee on Small Business and Women’s Business Enterprise.
  • Sponsors SBA’s Office of Advocacy Vision 2000: The States and Small Business Conference.
  • Sponsors USASBE’s Best Workshop Award at their annual national conference.
  • Sponsors SOHO Summit – an event for Small & Home Office Entrepreneurs
  • Sponsors and member of American Legislative Council meeting
  • NBA participates in Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s “Focus on Rural America”
  • Sponsor, along with Heritage Foundation and Grass Roots Impact – Survey of Women Small Business Owners

2001

  • Terry Neese NBA’s Public Policy Advisor participated in the Senate and House Committees on Small Business joint Roundtable.
  • Sponsors the joint USASBE / SBIDA Conference: “2001: an Entrepreneurial Odyssey.
  • Sponsors USASBE’s Best Workshop Award at their annual national conference.
  • Sponsors SCORE’s District Director’s Annual Meeting.

2002

  • Patron SBA’s Small Week
  • SBA signed a Co-Sponsor agreement with the NBA for the First Step Series
  • Sponsor Association Small Business Development Centers Annual Conference - ASBDC
  • Funds ASBDC media clipping service
  • Founding Partner for Women Impacting Public Policy

2003

  • Terry Neese Co-Founder for Women Impacting Public Policy – WIPP and Co-Founder of
  • Grass Roots Impact, which provides a communication strategy for corporations and government agencies to reach out to women and minorities in Business
  • Joins the NBA Board of Directors.
  • Sponsors SCORE’s District Directors Annual Meeting
  • Sponsors SBA’s Entrepreneurial Conference
  • Sponsors WIPP Annual Meeting and the NBA was asked to join WIPP ‘s Advisory Board
  • Sponsors ASBDC’s Annual Conference

2004

  • Co-Sponsorship Agreement with Small Business Administration updated and signed.
  • Sponsors SCORE’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
  • Sponsors SCORE’s District Directors Annual Meeting.
  • Sponsors Small Business Development Center’s Annual Meeting

2005

  • Sponsors Women Impacting Public Policy Conference.

2006

  • Sponsors Association Small Business Development Center’s Annual Conference.
  • Inc. Magazine’s “Your Best Friends in Washington” recognizes NBA Board Member Terry Neese for her accomplishments and among the Best Friend’s in Washington D.C.
  • Sponsors Women Impacting Public Policy Annual Conference.

2007

  • Sponsors Women Impacting Public Policy Annual Conference.
  • Sponsors Association Small Business Development Center’s Annual Conference.

2008

  • Sponsors Women Impacting Public Policy Annual Conference.
  • Sponsors Association Small Business Development Center’s Annual Conference.
  • Funded SCORE’s Clipping Service.

2009

  • Sponsors Women Impacting Public Policy Annual Conference.
  • Sponsors Association Small Business Development Center’s Annual Conference.

2010

  • NBA joins and supports National Center for Policy Analysis, a non-profit Think Tank founded to address – Health Care, Taxes, Social Security, and Education.

2011

  • SBA and NBA agree to a Strategic Alliance Memorandum

2014

  • NBA becomes a Sponsor and Partner of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s – IEEW and their PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program. Peace Through Business provides long-term business training to women business owners in developing and war-torn countries.
  • NBA presents the First Leadership and Scholarship awards to deserving Students from Rwanda and Afghanistan for IEEW’s Peace Through Business Program.

Recent

  • National Business Association Sponsorship and Partnership with IEEW and the Peace through Business Leadership and Scholarship Awards continues through 2021, celebrating 15 Years of Impact. Educating Women Entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.
  • In 2019 the National Business Association joined with Northwood University to continue the program established in 1999, which continues with Scholarships to deserving Northwood Student Entrepreneurs for the 2021 / 2022 School Year.
  • “Northwood Idea” – incorporating the lessons of the American Free-Enterprise society into the college classroom. With a clearly articulated mission to develop the future leaders of a global, free- enterprise society. Since Northwood University believes in the advantages of an entrepreneurial, free-enterprise society Northwood University fits very well with the mission of the NBA Scholarship Program.