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About Dan Danner

Donald A. "Dan" Danner was named president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation's leading small business association, in February, 2009. Danner is only the sixth president in the history of the organization. Before rising to the top spot, Danner was executive vice president, overseeing NFIB's federal and state public policy and political activities as well as the organization's three 501 (c) 3 operations: the Research Foundation, Small Business Legal Center and the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. He came to NFIB in 1993 as vice president of the NFIB Education Foundation (now known as the Young Entrepreneur Foundation) and was named vice president of federal public policy in 1995. Previously, he was chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Danner also worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison, where he was special assistant to the president and deputy director of the department. Before joining the White House staff, Danner was an executive with Armco Inc., a steel manufacturing company. He held leadership positions in sales and marketing, as well as state and federal lobbying on issues such as energy, environment, taxes and trade. He also served four years as vice president of federal relations at George Mason University. A native of Middletown, Ohio, Danner holds an MBA degree from Xavier University and an electrical engineering degree from Purdue University.

Restoring Section 179 Expensing to Meaningful Levels will Boost Small Business, Reduce Unemployment

Rarely a day passes without news reports featuring pictures of long lines of unemployed people seeking jobs. More than 10.5 million Americans were without full-time work in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Equally disturbing was the decline … Continue reading

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Why does NFIB oppose raising the minimum wage?

This is a question I often hear from people who don’t own small businesses and occasionally get from an entrepreneur who wonders why we take such a position. Sometimes they follow with another question: “Why don’t you want to help … Continue reading

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The Top Four Things To Watch For in Healthcare This Year

Focus, determination, and attention to detail are among the entrepreneurial traits you depend on to keep your business on the path to success. It’s no easy task to maintain optimism in the face of today’s economic and political challenges, but … Continue reading

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The Healthcare Law’s Frightening Information Void

Halloween’s over, but small-business owners trying to navigate the new federal health care law feel like they’re trapped in a haunted house where something scary lurks behind every door. Even before the Affordable Care Act’s online enrollment system dropped dead … Continue reading

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Another Disaster Headed for New Jersey, Other States. But Prevention Possible

First it was the Great Recession, then Hurricane Sandy and recently, a raging fire that destroyed a popular boardwalk. Now, weary New Jersey residents and business owners are being warned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to beware of scammers. … Continue reading

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Members of Congress Take the Small Business Challenge

The doors Kevin McCarthy usually walks through lead to a large room in Washington, D.C., where wars have been declared, presidents give State of the Union addresses and the processes of democracy regularly echo from its walls. But earlier this … Continue reading

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Will Small Business Be Left Out of Tax Reform?

When examining the current U.S. tax code, two things are clear: It is unnecessarily complex, and it is unfair. Lawmakers now see that a high tax rate coupled with a wide disparity in tax bills between industries creates a tilted … Continue reading

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Tax Reform: Paying Taxes Effectively

Since 2011, the chief tax writers in Congress, Representative Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, have led the charge on Capitol Hill to reform the U.S. … Continue reading

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Ask Dan: Government Regulation Is Out Of Control

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Obamacare Delay Signals Trouble Ahead, NFIB Playbook Helpful Guide

If you are confused about the new healthcare law, you are not alone. Even the folks in Washington who are supposed to be implementing the law are confused. It seems like every week another provision of the law is collapsing … Continue reading

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