Sen. Bo Watson Receives Guardian of Small Business Award

January 3, 2013

From left to right: Hugh Morrow with Ruby Falls, John Zeiser and Mark Longnecker with Southern Champion Tray, Sen. Bo Watson, NFIB/Tennessee State Director Jim Brown, and NFIB members Connie Vaughan and Eva Lynne Disbro with McKee Foods. Photo courtesy of Ruby Falls.

NFIB/Tennessee members recognized State Sen. Bo Watson for his outstanding support of small business with its prestigious Guardian of Small Business award on the steps of Ruby Falls in Chattanooga. From left to right: Hugh Morrow with Ruby Falls, John Zeiser and Mark Longnecker with Southern Champion Tray, Sen. Bo Watson, NFIB/Tennessee State Director Jim Brown, and NFIB members Connie Vaughan and Eva Lynne Disbro with McKee Foods. Photo courtesy of Ruby Falls.

CHATTANOOGA, Jan. 3, 2013 — The state office of the National Federation of Independent Business presented state Sen. Bo Watson with its coveted Guardian of Small Business Award during a presentation at 2 p.m. today at Ruby Falls. Ruby Falls is a member of NFIB.

Watson, of Hixson, represents the 11th District, which includes part of Hamilton County.

The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small-business issues. The NFIB/Tennessee Leadership Council voted to present the award to Senator Watson in recognition of his work in last year’s legislative session.

“Senator Watson has a perfect NFIB voting record in the General Assembly, and he sponsored and helped pass key regulatory reform legislation this past session,” said Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee, the state’s leading small-business association. “On behalf of NFIB’s 8,500 members throughout Tennessee, we are very grateful for his leadership.”

Watson, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate, said, “I believe a key role of state government should be creating an environment for small businesses that frees them from excessive costs, bureaucracy and oversight. It’s been an honor to sponsor legislation that increases transparency and accountability in the rule-making process, and I look forward to helping entrepreneurs succeed further in the years ahead.”

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