NFIB/Texas Guardian of Small Business Award Winners
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/Texas, the state’s leading small business association, presented the NFIB Guardian of Small Business awards at the sixth biennial Texas Small Business Day at the Capitol event, that featured speeches from a number of state leaders including Governor Greg Abbott.
The NFIB Guardian of Small Business award is the association’s highest honor given to lawmakers whose work reflects support and advocacy for the small business community during the previous legislative session. Selected lawmakers have consistently voted with small business, earning a 100% voting record with NFIB during the 83rd Legislative Session ranging on issues related to the state’s onerous franchise tax, to curtailing over-burdensome government regulations on employers.
“These distinguished lawmakers understand the true backbone of Texas’ economy, small business owners, and the impact public policy changes have on small business,” said NFIB Executive Director Will Newton. “As exceptional guardians of small business, these lawmakers ensure that the more than four million workers employed by small businesses in Texas, stay employed.”
There are nine guardian award winners (formally known as the NFIB Guardian Small Business award) the association’s highest honor:
- Senator Craig Estes (Wichita Falls)
- Senator Troy Fraser (Horseshoe Bay)
- Senator Jane Nelson (Flower Mound)
- Senator Kelly Hancock (North Richland Hills)
- Representative Angie Chen Button (Garland)
- Representative Cecil Bell, Jr. (Magnolia) Representative Jim Murphy (Houston)Representative Kenneth Sheets (Dallas)
Governor Greg Abbott, also won the Guardian of Small Business Award and was presented with it after his speech for Texas Small Business at the Capitol event.
NFIB has 24,000 dues-paying members in Texas representing a cross-section of the state’s economy.
As small businesses face unique challenges with limited resources, this event helps the small business voice to be heard as public policy changes are considered during the 84th Legislative Session. Business owners will have a chance to hear about impending legislation that may impact their business and they can share their personal experiences of the successes and challenges that go along with it with their legislators.