National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the leading business association for the restaurant and foodservice industry, which comprises 970,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of nearly 13 million employees.

America’s 970,000 restaurants serve our communities and feed a stronger economy by contributing $1.8 trillion into our economy and employing nearly 13 million people, providing opportunity for 10 percent of our nation’s workforce. The restaurant industry provides jobs in every community; when you support restaurants, you support jobs in your hometown. Learn more at

The NRA each year honors community leaders from across the country through its Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Awards. The programs honor restaurateurs' philanthropic contributions and celebrate those who achieve the American Dream -- and inspire others to achieve the American Dream -- in the restaurant industry. Visit

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The NRA represents the industry in Washington, DC, and advocates on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show, May 18-21, 2013, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe®); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart®, including the National ProStart Invitational April 19-21, 2013 in Baltimore, Md.); as well as the Kids LiveWell℠ program promoting healthful kids' menu options.