Zanesville Business Owner Named 2017 NFIB/Ohio Small Business Champion

Date: June 08, 2017

Kelly Moore of GKM Auto Parts Selected in 2017

The National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio the state’s leading small business association, named Kelly Moore, owner of GKM Auto Parts in Zanesville, the recipient of the 2017 Small Business Champion award. Moore has been an active member of NFIB since 2009 and is a current member of the NFIB/Ohio statewide Leadership Council. In addition, Moore was a founding member of the group’s Zanesville Area Action Council during her tenure.

Mrs. Moore has served on the NFIB/Ohio Leadership Council since 2014. She has also attended many of the NFIB/Ohio Small Business Days at the Capitol in Columbus and been very supportive of the group’s political programs serving on the state NFIB/Ohio PAC Committee.  She has also been a media spokesperson for NFIB, even traveling to Washington, DC to speak on behalf of the organization. She also serves, via an appointment by Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine, as one of the residential consumer representatives on the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Governing Board.

“This recognition of Kelly Moore is truly deserved.  She is truly dedicated to the small business community. Kelly’s support of her fellow small-business owners during her time on the NFIB/Ohio Leadership Council and the Ohio Consumer Counsel Governing Board is appreciated by her fellow 25,000 members in NFIB. Kelly is an excellent example of an entrepreneur continuing to give back to not only her local community but in this case the entire state of Ohio,” said Vice President/Executive Director of NFIB/Ohio Roger Geiger.

Each year, NFIB/Ohio names a Small Business Champion from among its membership of more than 25,000 Ohio small businesses. This individual not only gives of his/her time and resources to promote small-business causes through involvement in NFIB activities, but also he/she must demonstrate a spirit of service toward the community and a commitment to advancing the concept of free enterprise.

“I am honored to be recognized by my peers. NFIB is a great organization and is truly the voice for small business. I enjoy the opportunities that NFIB has provided me to speak on issues such as healthcare and regulations at both the state and federal level, to help bring about change,” said Moore. “I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow small business owners to make Ohio an even better place to be an entrepreneur.”

In 2004 the opportunity presented itself for Kelly and her husband, Greg, who was working for NAPA Auto Parts at the time, to purchase their first two locations. They began by employing 16 workers as well as several family members.  In 2006 they bought two additional stores, for a total of four, with locations in Zanesville, Dresden, Coshocton, and West Lafayette. 

Kelly Moore, GKM Auto Parts in Zanesville, Ohio, (in blue) is presented the 2017 NFIB/Ohio Small Business Champion by (from l to r) Brad Close, NFIB Sr. Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, Roger Geiger, NFIB/Ohio Vice President and Executive Director, and Ty Baker-Baumann, NFIB/Ohio Leadership Council Chair.

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