Video launch: Sen. Cornyn Spends “Day in the Life” with NFIB member

Date: June 05, 2014

Video Launch: Sen. Cornyn Spends “Day in the Life” of Austin Small Business Owner

(Austin, TX) June 5, 2014 — The National Federation of Independent Business invited every single member of Congress to take on NFIB’s Small Business Challenge, and Sen. John Cornyn became the first Texan to accept the challenge when he spent the day with an Austin-based remodeling business and participated in a roundtable discussion with area business owners.

Sen. Cornyn spent part of his morning helping to remodel a residential bathroom in a north Austin home, later taking a tour of the business’ warehouse and sitting down to a roundtable discussion with about a dozen small business owners from the central Texas area.

“I enjoyed getting out of Washington, as I always do, and spending a day in the shoes of a Texas small business owner through NFIB’s Small Business Challenge,” said Sen. Cornyn. “It was a great reminder of the challenges our small business owners face and the day-to-day operations that are required to run a business and create jobs.”

Josh Agrelius, owner of Re-Bath of Austin, said Cornyn arrived at the job site and “actually got to do some of the installation, the labor …. We got to show him a little bit about what we do and what a customer experience would be like.”

“Having him come here and actually get dirty with us, that was outstanding,” Agrelius added.

NFIB/Texas Executive Director Will Newton said he encourages other Congressional members from Texas to take the NFIB Small Business Challenge.

Texas is the most pro-small business state in the country,” Newton said. “We’re thrilled Senator Cornyn was the first to accept our challenge; we encourage others to follow his lead.”


The National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at  

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