The Tennessee office of NFIB, the state’s leading small business advocacy organization, today presented its coveted Guardian of Small Business award to state Sen. Rusty Crowe (District 3) and state Rep. John Holsclaw (District 4). NFIB made the presentations this afternoon at the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce.
The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small business. The NFIB Tennessee Leadership Council, an advisory board comprised of NFIB members, voted to present the award to the legislators for their outstanding leadership on small-business issues.
“Senator Crowe and Representative Holsclaw are outstanding leaders for small business in the Tennessee General Assembly,” NFIB State Director Jim Brown said. “Both legislators have perfect voting records with NFIB the last five years. Each has demonstrated a commitment to low taxes, sensible regulation and less red tape on small business, which promotes a stable and predictable environment for entrepreneurs.”
“I’m grateful to receive the NFIB Guardian of Small Business award because the success of small business in my district and across Tennessee is very important,” Crowe said. “Small businesses are the backbone of the Tennessee economy, and I’ll continue to do everything I can to ensure they operate on a level playing field and can be successful.”
“It’s a great honor to be recognized for supporting small business,” said Holsclaw, who chairs the House Employee Affairs Subcommittee and is a member of the Consumer and Human Resources Committee. “Receiving the NFIB Guardian of Small Business award is meaningful because I pledged to support our job creators and risk takers when I ran for office, and I remain committed to promote and protect free enterprise.”
Crowe chairs the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and serves on the Education and Government Operations committees. He also is a member of the Joint Government Operations, Commerce & Labor, Transportation and Agriculture Subcommittee and the Joint Government Operations Education, Health and General Welfare Subcommittee.
Holsclaw also serves on the Commerce Committee, Business Subcommittee, and Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.