About the NBL

The National Negro Business League (NNBL) was founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington on August 23, 1900, in Boston, MA., as the nation’s first and oldest business organization, 12 years before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Inc. The NNBL was formally incorporated in 1901 in New York City.

The National Business League, Inc. (NBL) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian, commerce-driven institution dedicated to the economic empowerment of Black businesses, communities, and people. Through our value-add programmatic initiatives and partnerships, we support Black-owned businesses locally, regionally, nationally, and throughout the Pan-African Diaspora.