Jack Johnson Earns NFIB’s ‘Guardian of Small Business’ Award NFIB / Tennessee recognizes dedicated leader for reform efforts, perfect voting record

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Sept. 26, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, recognized State Sen. Jack Johnson (Franklin) with its prestigious Guardian of Small Business award for his stellar leadership on key reform efforts. NFIB made the announcement yesterday at the final membership luncheon meeting of the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce, which will soon unify with the Brentwood-Cool Springs and Cool Springs chambers and be known as the Williamson County Chamber.

“Jack Johnson is a tremendous advocate for small business and free enterprise,” said Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee. “Senator Johnson sponsored five of 13 bills that NFIB ‘key-voted’ in 2011-2012, highest in the Senate. He is always diligently prepared, exceptionally civil and remarkably persuasive when he advocates for and defends small business. On behalf of NFIB’s 8,500 members in Tennessee, we are very grateful for his leadership.”

Johnson, who chairs the Senate Commerce, Labor & Agriculture Committee, registered a perfect 100 percent NFIB Voting Record the last two years.

“I am very thankful for NFIB’s recognition for my work for small business,” said Johnson, an NFIB member who owns and manages the Leiper’s Fork Market. “It has been a privilege to sponsor recently enacted jobs bills – like comprehensive unemployment reform and tort reform – that can go a long way to helping a small business survive and thrive. Certainly, Williamson County and Tennessee are great places to do business, but more needs to be done to help our state’s entrepreneurs, who are putting so much on the line.”

Photo caption: More than 200 local leaders gave a standing ovation to State Sen. Jack Johnson (right), who accepted NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business award from NFIB/Tennessee State Director Jim Brown (left) at the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce’s September membership luncheon meeting.

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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 www.NFIB.com/newsroom.



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