NFIB Awards Prestigious Guardian Business Award to Two Iowa Senators

Date: September 15, 2020

Senators Dawson and Zaun Presented With NFIB's Guardian Award

NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, presented its most prestigious legislative recognition, the Guardian of Small Business Award, to Senators Dan Dawson of Council Bluffs and Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale.


Sen. Dan Dawson accepts the Guardian Award from State Director Matt Everson, right, and NFIB member and Leadership Council member Cary Coppola.


“Both Senators Dawson and Zaun are true champion to small business owners. During a time when many small business owners are struggling to stay open and keep their customers and employees safe during this unprecedented crisis, it’s a big comfort for our Iowa small business owners to know they have supporters like Dan and Brad standing up and advocating for them at the Iowa Capitol,” said NFIB State Director in Iowa, Matt Everson. “Thank you both for all that you do for our hard-working small business owners. People like you make it possible for our small business owners to focus on what they do best: create jobs for Iowans and keep Iowa’s economy running.”


Sen. Brad Zaun accepts the Guardian award from left, Cary Coppola of Blue Compass, Scott Turczynski of Heartland Companies, NFIB in Iowa State Director Matt Everson, and NFIB Senior Grassroots Manager Jake Braunger at Heartland Companies.


NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Award is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with small business on the key issues identified by small business owners. Those who voted with small business on key issues 100% or more of the time during Iowa’s 2019 and 2020 legislative session earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award. NFIB chose a total of 8 bills, 4 from 2019 and 4 from 2020. The bills reflected important issues for small business owners. NFIB informs lawmakers in advance which votes will be considered NFIB Key Votes and asks lawmakers to support the consensus views of our members. We also remind them that the results will be reported back to the NFIB membership.

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