Nebraska Members Making News

Date: February 12, 2018

NFIB small-business owners showing the high regard Main Street’s opinions are held by media, elected officials

Reporters and elected officials alike know how high small-business owners are held in the opinions of Americans. A study by the Pew Research Center on the negative and positive views people hold on various American institutions found small business ranked first—39 percentage points higher than labor unions, 46 points higher than large corporations, and 49 points higher than banks and financial institutions.

That esteem was on recent display with two NFIB/Nebraska members. Brian Schmidt, owner of Shelby Lumber in Shelby, an NFIB member for 27 years, was asked by the Washington, D.C. bureau chief of the Omaha World-Herald for his opinion on President Trump’s first year in office.

Farther north, Bob Dudley, owner of Appeara in Norfolk, an NFIB member since 1970, was asked for a tour of his firm by U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer. Reported the Norfolk Daily News:

“Nebraska’s senior senator, who toured Appeara while she was in Norfolk on Thursday, said she was impressed that the company’s services reach all over Nebraska and into South Dakota. ‘It’s a great company,’ she said. ‘It’s a great family business. We always like to see those continue to be strong and vibrant in the state.’ ”

Indeed, it is a great family business. In 2016 Appear celebrated its 100th anniversary and last year, it was inducted into Norfolk Area Business Hall of Fame.

It’s businesses like Shelby Lumber and Appeara that make NFIB proud to be the Voice of Small Business and why we’ve been so for 75 years.


Tweets from the senator about her visit.

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