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District 48 State Sen. Mark Messmer of Jasper recently received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business at the Statehouse.

According to the National Federation of Independent Business in Indiana, Messmer was named a Guardian of Small Business based on his strong and consistent support of Indiana’s small-business community.

In a release, Barbara Quandt, NFIB’s state director in Indiana says Messmer understands the needs of Indiana’s small, family-owned businesses and the necessity of reducing the government’s role in their lives, as well as the importance that business plays in creating jobs.

The Guardian of Small Business Award is the organization’s highest honor, reserved for lawmakers who demonstrate exceptional leadership and consistency in supporting the small-business agenda.

On the issues identified by the National Federation of Independent Business members as most important, Messmer’s support was pivotal in ensuring small businesses and the issues that affect them are a priority.

Messmer says small businesses are the foundation of every community in the state, especially his own community of Jasper.

Messmer says he greatly admires small, Hoosier-owned businesses and will continue working with colleagues to make Indiana a place where they can thrive.

For more than 75 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has advocated on behalf of America’s small-and independent-business owners in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals.

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