May 13, 2015



Molly Brogan Day




NSBA Announces Finalists for Advocate of the Year Award (link to article)


Washington, D.C. — NSBA today announced the finalists for the 2015 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. The award winner will be announced during NSBA’s Annual Advocate of the Year Award Luncheon on Monday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m., which is the kick-off event for the NSBA Washington Presentation on June 1-2.


“I am pleased to recognize this group of extraordinary advocates,” stated NSBA President Todd McCracken. “Their tireless efforts have made a positive impact on America’s small-business community, and will continue to make small-business ownership attainable for entrepreneurs for years to come.”


NSBA is honoring the following small-business owners for their excellence in advocating on small-business issues:


  • Michael Canty of Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding in Highland Heights, Ohio;
  • Sheila Duffy-Lehrman of Tropic Survival Advertising & Marketing in Miami, Fla.
  • Jeff Koenig of Big Poppi Bicycle Co. in Manhattan, Kan.;
  • Gary Kushner of Kushner & Company in Portage, Mich.; and
  • Marilyn Landis of Basic Business Concepts, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa.


“The issues these five individuals have spent countless hours on are issues we’ve all dealt with in our own businesses,” said NSBA Chair Timothy Reynolds, president of Tribute, Inc. in Hudson, Ohio. “I am humbled by their dedication and drive to improve the small-business community.”


Among the key criteria used in determining award finalists is a commitment to small-business advocacy above and beyond policies that specifically impact their own business or industry, as well as a broad scope of volunteer efforts to advance and improve the overall small-business community.


Celebrating more than 75 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit www.nsba.biz or follow us at @NSBAAdvocate.




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