Help Shape Our Nation – Engage with NFIB’s Social Media!

As the Republican National Convention began in earnest today, and a theme of small business and celebration of America’s entrepreneurial spirit prevalent in today’s proceedings, I thought it would be a perfect moment to highlight some of the many ways you can be part of the NFIB discussion, advocacy and join a chorus of thousands of small business owners from across our great nation.

Our country’s political process is second to none, and the next two weeks will highlight two visions for our country that is truly at a crossroads.  I believe the overarching theme of this election season, at every level of government, will be the development and bolstering of a private sector economy or an expansion of a public sector economy.  What direction will our nation go?  That is up to all of us.

The best voter is the well informed voter.  And what greater tool for elected officials, organizations and the press to use than social media.  Social media allows many that are typically shut out of the public discourse to be involved.  It allows people to be informed in real time.  It has truly heightened the 24 hour news cycle and expanded our ability to receive and decipher information quickly.

For NFIB, this has led us to adapt to the newest and emerging means to communicate with our members and have an impact on the debate on the future of our country.  From the development of this blog, to Facebook ( and twitter (@mpdurant and @NFIB) there are many ways to encourage all of you to join the discussion.

Recently, NFIB has welcomed a new platform to reach out to small business owners.  Text messaging!

Our text message program will provide members with a quick note to let them know there is a call to action. By electing to register for NFIB’s text message service, members will be able to receive updates on their smart phone. It could be a request to sign a letter or an invitation to attend a hearing in their area.

NFIB will be reserving the use of this service for when the time is right and the cause is just. We will be sending relevant alerts and information when appropriate. We hope members and followers of NFIB will join in this new endeavor which will help to keep our voice heard loud and clear on the issues that matter to independent businesses across both New York and the nation.

To stay up-to-date on small business issues and have legislative alerts delivered directly to your mobile device, text NFIB to 64274.

I encourage those that want to be informed and help shape the future of our nation to sign up!  And to follow @NFIB or myself at @mpdurant this election season.  For those watching the convention proceedings, follow #Big4SmallBiz !

The collective voice of many truly has an impact – be informed and be active!

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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