The National Business League (NBL) is a national federation of individuals, firms and associations engaged in business enterprises. It was founded in 1900 by Dr. Booker T. Washington. Dr. Washington conceived and developed a broad based structure for business enterprise more innovative than this nation has ever seen, predating the creation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce by twelve years. The National Business League was committed from its inception to a strong comprehensive program of self-help and self-sufficiency. The mission of the National Business League is to enhance and expand Black business in the community at large, to encourage civic pride, and to reinvest community money within the community.
With a growing membership, found in 37 states and the District of Columbia, the NBL's national network includes chartered local chapters and a national coalition of association affiliates through its National Council for Policy Review. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with a Federal Office in Washington, D.C., the NBL serves as the voice of Black businesses in Congress, the White House, State Legislatures and throughout federal agencies. The NBL is the primary advocate for business development and expansion in the Black community. The NBL strives to build a stronger economic infrastructure in the Black community through business development.