In accordance with its motto: "We speak up for small and medium-sized enterprises!", the DMB extended its excellent economic and political network over the years. Currently, the DMB has 21,000 registered business members with over 500,000 employees, whose economic and political interests have been represented by the association since 1982. The association's headquarters is located in Düsseldorf, Germany. The DMB has a centralized management, no political party affiliations and is exclusively supported by its own member companies, without the attribution of partner associations or other subsidiary organisations. Thus, the DMB is one of the largest independent interest groups and trade associations in Germany.