Barletta Receives NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award

Oct 1, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) was named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in recognition of his consistent support for policies that support small businesses, which 99.6 percent of all Pennsylvania businesses are.  The award was presented to Barletta by NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.

“Small businesses are a critical component of Pennsylvania’s economy, with nearly one million small businesses directly employing over two million workers,” Barletta said.  “As a former small business owner, I know firsthand how these companies create jobs, drive innovation, and give back to the communities they serve.  I look forward to continuing my support for policies that eliminate obstacles for small businesses that do just that in Pennsylvania, and am proud to be recognized as a ‘Guardian of Small Business’ by the men and women of NFIB.”

“The prestigious NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award is earned by those who vote with small businesses in mind, and U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta has been a champion for Pennsylvania’s small businesses,” said NFIB’s Pennsylvania Legislative Director Rebecca Oyler.  “He understands the issues our members care about and has been a reliable vote when it comes to making regulatory reform and healthcare cost relief realities.  We’re proud to award him with this recognition based on his voting record.”  

After college, Barletta and his wife, Mary Grace, started a small line-painting business for $29.95, growing it into the largest of its kind in the Commonwealth within five years.  They eventually grew it to be the sixth-largest business of its kind in the entire nation.  Barletta’s experience as a small business owner gave him firsthand knowledge of why it is necessary to have a common sense approach to government that helps employers rather than creates obstacles to success. 

“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 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.”