This in via e-mail from the office of Ohio Representative Barbara Sears:
Rep. Sears Named “Guardian of Small Business”
Waterville, OH—In recognition of her efforts to support Ohio’s small businesses, State Representative Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Township) yesterday was presented the “Guardian of Small Business Award” by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Ohio’s most prominent small business advocacy organization.
“I’m pleased that the NFIB has honored me with this award today,” Sears said. “I have worked diligently to improve Ohio’s business environment and create jobs, and it is a privilege to be recognized for my efforts.”
Rep. Sears has a strong voting record for defending small businesses on key legislative issues. She has consistently opposed tax and fee increases on businesses, as well unreasonable mandates that make health insurance less accessible for Ohioans and costlier for businesses.
“As a small business owner myself, it has been among my top priorities to ensure that small businesses can grow and thrive in Ohio,” Sears said. “Small businesses create vital jobs for our communities and help attract new opportunities. I’m proud to be a staunch supporter of entrepreneurs in the legislature.”
The NFIB determines the recipients of this prestigious award by scoring key votes on legislation that impacts small business. Lawmakers can earn this honor by voting with the interests of small businesses 70 percent or more of the time. Only two individuals—one from the House and one from the Senate—receive this honor each year.