Sen. Bo Watson to Receive Guardian of Small Business Award

CHATTANOOGA, Jan. 2, 2013 — The state office of the National Federation of Independent Business will present state Sen. Bo Watson with its coveted Guardian of Small Business Award during a presentation at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, at Ruby Falls, 1720 South Scenic Highway. 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.”

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at


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