Business Organizations Review
02/22/2017 - There's a lot that can be said against terror organization, Hamas, but when it comes to running a consumer friendly and reputable business, they are aces. At least, that's what one Better Business Bureau affiliate said.
In 2010 a group of businessmen decided to play a prank to expose how the Better Business Bureau links ratings to payments. They created a business named for the well known terror organization and paid the $450 annual fee to the Southland Better Business Bureau affiliate in California. The BBB affiliate promptly provided Hamas with an A minus rating.
Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau national organization projects the image of being a consumer friendly organization of small business owners. However, undercover reports from various news organizations have repeatedly shown that the Better Business Bureau is an association of local member franchises operating a Pay-For-Play scam that does little to benefit either small business or consumers.
Consumers are often misled into believing the Better Business Bureau is either part of the Federal government or has some legal authority to act on their behalf. Both are misconceptions local BBB franchisees do little to rectify.
Complaints against the BBB by both consumers and business vary widely. In another case a local BBB franchisee was charged with forcing members to pay a $70 mediation fee in return for BBB assistance in resolving complaints.
Conversely, consumers who think the BBB has some authority to take legal action, become disgruntled when their local BBB franchisee proves incapable of providing any greater assistance than forwarding their complaint by email to the offending business and issuing a low rating that few consumers even consider when selecting a business.
We give the BBB a rating of: B.S.
National Federation of Independent Business
The NFIB website proclaims, "the organization is the leading advocate for small business owners, with offices in Washington, D.C., and every state capital. Our mission is to defend the right of small business owners to run their businesses without undue government interference and to advance public policies that promote their success."
Support For Corporate Interest
The NFIB claims a membership roster of some 350,000 small business owners. The organization regularly polls its members to determine what legislation and issues interest them the most. Left-leaning groups have frequently targeted the NFIB to expose how the organization takes secret contributions from conservative right-wing sponsors to act more in the interests of entrenched corporations than small business owners.
It may be true that the organization favors Congressional Republicans or Democrats, lobbies for legislation that is favorable to large corporate interest, such as opposing the ACA, also known as ObamaCare, and accepted contributions from right-wing organizations. However, left-wing groups have failed to establish that the NFIB favored entrenched corporate interests over those of small business owners. In ever case cited, such as opposing the ACA and the dubious Patient's Rights bill, sponsored by Congressional liberals, the interests of entrenched corporations happened to dovetail with those of small business owners.
NFIB: Cost versus Benefits
There is much more to the NFIB than lobbying on behalf of its members interests. As with other similar organizations, the NFIB offers members a host of benefits from research papers, business forms, a wealth of how-to articles, and substantial discounts from partners that can easily offset the annual membership fee for many members.
We give the NFIB a rating of: Recommended
National Small Business Association
Note: This review is only about the NSBA located in Washington, DC, with the website URL www.nsba.biz. The NSBA in Carefree, AZ provides sales lead generation from a website using the URL nsba.net. It is not affiliated with the NSBA in Washington, DC.
The National Small Business Association (NSBA), a more than 75 year old non-partisan organization, focuses on federal advocacy on behalf of 65,000 members and reaches more than 150,000 small business owners nationwide. The NSBA also serves the needs of small business owners through the Small Business Exporters Association and the Small Business Technology Council.
Small Business Exporters Association (SBEA)
SBEA is an association for small and mid-sized exporters that works through the NSBA to influence federal policies to expand exporting resources and improve exporting opportunities for small business owners.
Small Business Technology Council (SBTC)
SBTC is a non-partisan, non-profit industry association involved in educational activities which include conferences and seminars on government procurement and other education activities for small business, government officials and officials of large companies.
While the NSBA is smaller than its rival organizations, it offers a more cohesive community for members. Focused on education and awareness, NSBA provides detailed and comprehensive information covering issues deemed important to members.
NSBA members enjoy a more inclusive community that listens to members views in an attempt to develop solutions, rather than promoting political hyperbole or marketing of third party products and services.
We give the NSBA a rating of: Highly Recommended
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1912, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has, historically, served small business owners as a source of networking and mutual support in local chapters across the U.S. While individual chapters may have been poltically active, the Chamber itself was never at the forefront of federal advocacy.
In recent years, CEO Tom Donahue has reshaped the Chamber into one of the most powerful lobbying machines in Washington. Unfortunately, Donahue has chosen to advocate primarily for entrenched special interests and national corporations over the interests of its own small business members.
As a result of these changes within the Chamber, the organization has been experiencing a splintering away of supporters and local chapters that want more mainstream lobbying and greater focus on small business centric issues. With more than 90% of contributions coming from a mere 1,500 members, there is little chance for change within Chamber leadership.
As an effective representative for small business owners, the Chamber offers very little. The national leadership may be failing small business owners, however, individual chapters continue to serve their local business community far better and should not be ignored solely on the basis of the national organization failing small business.
We give the Chamber a rating of: Not Recommended