NFIB Names Six Guardian of Small Business Award Winners

Date: November 04, 2022

Honor bestowed on Colorado legislators who worked tirelessly for Main Street enterprises

Contact: Tony Gagliardi, Colorado State Director, [email protected]
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

DENVER, Nov. 4, 2022—With the conclusion of their presentations to individual lawmakers, NFIB Colorado today announced the six winners of its nationally prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award.

“Although there were others who had good pro-small-business voting records in the last session of the Colorado Legislature, six went the extra mile for mom-and-pop enterprises, especially on Senate Bill 22-234 dealing with the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, and for that we’re proud to honor them as Guardians of Small Business,” said Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

The six Guardian of Small Business Award winners were:

  • Sen. Larry Liston
  • Sen. Paul Lundeen
  • Sen. Rob Woodward
  • Rep. Richard Holtorf
  • Rep. Hugh McKean (to be presented posthumously)
  • Rep. Matt Soper

Keep up with the latest Colorado small-business news at or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_CO or on Facebook @NFIB.CO


For nearly 80 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

NFIB Colorado
1700 Lincoln Street, 17th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Twitter: @NFIB_CO
Facebook: NFIB.CO


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