The Network of Entrepreneurs & Business Advocates was founded in 1991 when a diverse group of businesses and professionals originally united as the North East Business Association, Inc. At the time Capital Circle was being widened and businesses were being hurt by the lack of ingress and egress to their respective stores. Getting that fixed wasn’t easy, but they persevered and all these years later, NEBA is as strong as ever.
Today, NEBA has more than 190 members (and growing), who meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday of every month (except for December) at the Capital City Country Club to hear from speakers of interest and candidates running for office. This dovetails nicely with the goals of NEBA to keep the business community apprised of what’s going on in their community and to rally them when our collective voice needs to be heard.
NEBA’s voice has been heard on many occasions in the past such as when the county wanted to implement a new health care tax or when the city wanted to increase the property tax millage rate beyond 3.7 mills. When NEBA members show up to a community meeting, elected officials know they’ll hear the unvarnished truth!
NEBA is still a leader when it comes to taking a tough position on a controversial issue, and we don’t wait until the issue is about to be decided. Our representatives monitor all county and city commission meetings and agenda’s so that our members will know about the issues that are about to impact their businesses.
During election years, NEBA provides candidate forums on every important race from the US Congress, state legislature, city and county commission, constitutional officers, superintendent of schools, and school board races.
We encourage you to join and discover the strength NEBA provides in a collective voice on behalf of the business community, network with colleagues and be a part of making our community a better place to live, work, and do business.