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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09) received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). The Guardian of Small Business Award is the most prestigious honor NFIB gives to Members of Congress in recognition of their efforts to support small businesses.

Throughout his first term, Rep. Hollingsworth has been committed to supporting policies that allow small businesses to compete on a level playing field with big corporations and multinational companies.

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Hollingsworth has authored multiple pieces of legislation to give small businesses the tools they need to thrive. These include the Improving Access to Capital Act (H.R. 2864), the Expanding Investment Opportunities Act (H.R. 4279), and the Developing and Empowering our Aspiring Leaders Act (H.R. 6177).

“From neighborhood coffee shops to family-owned manufacturing plants to movie production startups, Hoosiers across Indiana work hard to grow their small businesses, provide jobs, and invest in our communities,” said Rep. Trey Hollingsworth. “All policies from Washington should be enabling employees and employers of all sizes to make better futures – encouraging the American Dream for all.”

“The NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award is presented to Members of Congress who truly vote as champions of small business,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan. “These men and women in the House of Representatives have been staunch supporters on the issues that affect our members, like regulatory reform and healthcare cost relief. They made tax relief for small businesses a reality. They are the Representatives small business owners can count on in Washington, and we’re proud to award these lawmakers the recognition they earned for the 115th Congress.”

Legislative Action this Week

Yesterday, Rep. Hollingsworth continued his commitment to American small businesses by supporting nine pieces of legislation that passed the House:

  • Small Business ACE Act (H.R. 6348)
  • Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization Act (H.R. 6347)
  • Small Business Advocacy Improvements Act of 2018 (H.R. 6316)
  • Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 (H.R. 6330)
  • Incentivizing Fairness in Subcontracting Act (H.R. 6367)
  • Encouraging Small Business Innovators (H.R. 6368)
  • Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2018 (H.R. 6369)
  • Clarity on Small Business Participation in Category Management Act of 2018 (H.R. 6382)
  • Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017 (S. 791)

The State of Small Businesses

Small business optimism is at an all-time high. According to the NFIB, Main Street’s performance over the last 21 months is unprecedented, which has translated to improved employment and investment spending, GDP growth, and record high economic optimism. Additionally, job openings are at a record high, real wage compensation has grown 1.4% over the past year, and real median household income rose by 1.8% in 2017.

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