About the NBL

National Business League, Inc.

On June 19th, 2017, the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., the nation’s largest African American chamber in the country, acquired and merged the National Business League (NBL), Inc., an organization founded by Booker T. Washington in 1900. Immediately following the acquisition and merger of the 117-year-old organization, the newly formed NBL Board of Directors relocated the headquarters from Washington, D.C., where they had been since 1966, to Detroit, Michigan, a city with more than 47,000 Black-owned businesses and the home of General Motors, FIAT Chrysler, Ford Motor Company and Toyota, just to name a few, with regional offices now in Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, CA. The NBL now comprises 365 leagues (chapters) across the country, creating a national platform with access to 2.5 million Black businesses in the United States.

The NBL is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan and nonsectarian commerce-driven enterprise dedicated to the economic empowerment of Black businesses, communities and people. The NBL engages and advocates on behalf of Black-owned firms throughout the country and the Pan-African Diaspora. The NBL carries out its mission, purpose and motto through its 7 Pyramids of Prosperity: 1) Advocacy, 2) Capacity Building and Technical Assistance, 3) Connecting Access, 4) Practicing Cooperative Economics, 5) Resource Deployment, 6) Supplier Certification and Development and 7) Talent Placement and Acquisition. The NBL was founded on August 23, 1900, as the nation’s first and oldest business organization, 12 years before the US Chamber of Commerce. At the NBL’s height, there were over 600 chapters in 34 states. The NBL is focused on the expansion of the Black business sector for the growth and stability of the national economy, as well as the community’s socioeconomic conditions. The NBL national network includes leagues (chapters), a vibrant network of National Student Business Leagues (SBLs) started in 1974 and a national coalition of 30 associations and organizational affiliates that are organized as NBL’s National Council for Policy Review (NCPR). Since its inception, the NBL has developed a great number of business and trade associations, coalitions and institutions that support the development of the Black community, as well as operate as a vital part of the nation’s economy.

As a valued member, we welcome your continued participation in this historic organization. For those interested in membership, we are pleased for you to join the NBL as we expand and reenergize the vision of Booker T. Washington.

“At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.”
- Dr. Booker Taliaferro Washington

News and Upcoming Events

National Business League Moves to Detroit

The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce in downtown Detroit today announced it has acquired the National Business League Inc.

NBL Aims to Empower Black Entrepreneurs

Fortified with new ownership and leadership, the 117-year-old National Business League Inc. is getting an extensive makeover for future growth.

31st Annual Supplier Diversity Golf Challenge

Join us at our 31st Annual Supplier Diversity Golf Challenge. We look forward to seeing you there. Register now and get ready to play.

SANKOFA Black Business Awards Gala & Afterglow

The Sankofa Black Business Awards Gala will be held at the Motor City Casino in Detroit, MI on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


2018 WBENC National Women’s Business Conference & Business Fair that will be in Detroit, MI on June 19 – 21, 2018


1001 Woodward, Suite 910, Detroit, MI, 48226