The National Business League

Founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington – August 23, 1900

The League

Welcome to the National Business League (NBL) – the first and largest, independent, not-for-profit trade association for Black-owned businesses and professionals in the United States of America. Founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington on August 23, 1900, the NBL has been a driving force in the economic development, empowerment, and liberative freedom of Black businesses. 

At the NBL, we believe in the enduring significance of Booker T. Washington’s Black business philosophy and model. Inspired by his vision, we strive to empower Black entrepreneurs, recognizing their vital role in building strong leaders, families, communities, and sustainable enterprises. Our aim is to create an environment where Black-owned businesses can thrive and contribute to the economic growth of the nation. 

With over 120,000 members across the United States, our influence extends through city Business League chapters and Student Business League chapters in all 50 states. These local chapters serve as grassroots networks, bringing together Black entrepreneurs and professionals at the community level to support, mentor, and collaborate with one another. We are proud to have a presence in cities nationwide, fostering economic growth and opportunity on a local scale. 

Furthermore, the NBL has expanded its reach internationally, with partnerships and connections that extend beyond U.S. borders. We are dedicated to building bridges and facilitating collaboration with businesses and organizations across the globe. Our international engagements and initiatives reflect our commitment to Black economic equity and inclusion in the racially diverse global marketplace. 

When you join the NBL, you become part of a dynamic network of like-minded individuals and businesses committed to your success. We offer a range of resources, programs, and opportunities to help you grow your business, build valuable connections, and access the support you need to thrive. Whether you are an established business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, student, or a professional looking to advance your career, the NBL is here to empower you every step of the way. 

Approaching 125 years of service, the NBL remains dedicated to fostering economic development, empowering Black businesses, and promoting sustainable growth. Together, we can shape a future where Black entrepreneurs are at the forefront of innovation, economic prosperity, and positive change. 

Join the National Business League today and unlock the potential of your business. Together, let’s create a legacy of success and drive Black economic empowerment in the global marketplace.