"Our small businesses in South Dakota and across the country are the backbone of our nation's economy. They generate goods, services and revenue that keep our economy growing, provide millions of Americans with quality jobs, and keep our nation highly competitive in the global community," Thune said. "I'm honored to accept this award and will continue to work hard in the Senate to strengthen small businesses and keep the entrepreneurial spirit in America alive and well."
NFIB President and CEO Todd Stottlemyer made the following statement:
"The record shows that Sen. Thune is a true champion of small business, having stood strong on the key small business votes in the 109th Congress," said Stottlemyer. "This award reflects our members' appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business."
A photo of Senator Thune accepting the NFIB's "Guardian of Small Business" award from NFIB President and CEO Todd Stottlemyer is attached.