On Wednesday, Sept. 9th, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) visited NFIB member Thom Loreman, owner of Loremans’ Embroidery, Engraving & Screenprinting in Keeseville, New York. The Congresswoman, along with New York Assemblyman Dan Stec, toured Loremans’ and spoke about the challenges of the pandemic, how his business has pivoted to producing PPE, and the value of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
After the tour, Congresswoman Stefanik was presented with NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Award, which is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with small business on the key issues identified by small business owners. The Congresswoman voted with small business on key issues 89% of the time during the 116th Congress.
“The NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award is awarded to lawmakers who small businesses can truly count on,” said NFIB Vice President of Federal Government Relations Kevin Kuhlman. “These Members of the United States House of Representatives are dedicated supporters of the key issues that our members are concerned about and have proven themselves to be real champions for small businesses. Our policy positions are driven by our members, and we report NFIB Key Votes back to our membership. We are proud to recognize the elected officials from the 116th Congress who earned this distinction by taking pro-small business votes supporting financial assistance programs and tax relief and opposing new regulations and increased labor costs. Small business owners across the country need their support now more than ever during these unprecedented times, and we are grateful to these lawmakers for their leadership.”
“Small businesses are truly the backbone of our North Country communities and economies, and I am proud to be their number one advocate in Congress,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Growing up in a small business family, I know firsthand the importance that small businesses have in our communities, and I have fiercely advocated for policies and programs to support them. The COVID-19 pandemic presented real challenges for our local businesses and I am proud to have worked in a bipartisan manner to deliver results for them as they overcame those challenges and continued to provide for the communities who rely on them. I am honored to be a recipient of this prestigious award, and I thank the NFIB for highlighting my work on behalf of the families and individuals in my district who work tirelessly to generate jobs, revenue, and opportunity for their communities.”