COLUMBUS — The National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio, the state’s leading small business association, presented its prestigious Guardian of Small Business award to State Representative Ryan Smith (Bidwell) in recognition of his outstanding efforts to support small business issues in the Ohio Legislature. Since its inception in 1988, this award has been presented to less than 60 members of the state legislature.
“Representative Smith has a distinguished record in the Ohio Legislature. During that time, he has been a staunch supporter of Ohio’s small businesses, maintaining a 100% lifetime voting record with NFIB” said Roger Geiger, vice president/executive director of NFIB/Ohio. “His dedication to reaching out to the small-business community highlights his commitment to growing Ohio’s economy and truly listening to the economic engine of the state that has created two out of three new jobs in the past several years. It is a pleasure to honor someone so deserving of this recognition.”
The NFIB/Ohio Leadership Council voted to present Representative Smith with the Guardian of Small Business Award, the organization’s most prestigious honor, in recognition of his strong pro-small business record.
During his time in the legislature, Smith has earned the recognition of being a Guardian of Small Business by implementing and preserving the small business investor deduction that allows small business owners to hire more individuals and reinvest in their businesses; removing the punitive business tax increases proposed in multiple budgets, and serving as the lead sponsor on the bill to remove digital advertising from sales tax.
“Small businesses represent the backbone of our economy here in Ohio, and today I’m honored to receive the Guardian of Small Business Award. As we continue forward in the 132nd General Assembly, I will continue to support policies that allow these businesses to grow and prosper while providing high quality jobs for Ohioans across the state,” said Smith.
Information for this article submitted by NFIB.