In 1913, a group of manufacturers concerned about current legislation and government intervention and regulation of business, formed the New Hampshire Manufacturers' Association. In 1970, the organization changed its name to the Business and Industry Association to reflect its diverse membership. However, BIA remains the New Hampshire affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Today, BIA represents 400 member companies in a variety of industries, including:
Member firms employ 89,000 people throughout the state, which represents one in seven jobs, and contribute $4.5 billion annually to the state's economy.
BIA represents companies of all sizes in every region of the state:
BIA has four policy committees that meet monthly to discuss and react to issues and legislation of concern to members:
- Economic Development & Fiscal Policy
- Human Resources, Healthcare and Workforce Development
- Manufacturing & End Users