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June 1, 2015

Molly Brogan Day

Washington, D.C. — The National Small Business Association (NSBA) today recognized Jeff Koenig, co-owner of Big Poppi Bicycle Company in Manhattan, Kansas as a finalist for the 2015 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. Koenig was recognized today in Washington, D.C. for his exemplary work in advocating for America’s small businesses.

“Jeff is an outstanding and passionate advocate for bettering America’s small-business community,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “His tireless work on the issues facing small firms has proven invaluable, and I am proud to recognize him as a top small-business advocate.”

Koenig has been very involved in local and state small-business organizations, serving in the past as Chair of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Committee and more recently as Vice Chair of the Small Business Council of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. He has chaired the local Business Improvement District and was recently appointed to the Kansas Governor’s Council on Fitness where he represents small business.

Koenig has made several trips to Washington, D.C. to lobby policymakers and has written a white paper on the importance of a healthy small-business community. Additionally, Koenig has been invited by several industry groups to speak on these issues from the perspective of a small-business owner.

“Jeff has been outspoken in calling on policymakers to improve the small-business climate across Kansas and nationally,” said NSBA Chair Timothy Reynolds, president of Tribute, Inc. in Hudson, Ohio. “He tackles the tough issues and has dedicated countless hours to ensuring entrepreneurship remains strong in the U.S.”

Alongside Koenig, NSBA also recognized the following outstanding small-business leaders: Gary Kushner of Kushner & Company in Portage, Mich., who won the overall award; Michael Canty of Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding in Highland Heights, Ohio; Sheila Duffy-Lehrman of Tropic Survival Advertising & Marketing in Miami, Fla.; and Marilyn Landis of Basic Business Concepts, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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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