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RELEASE: Representative Keith Franke Earns NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Franke stood up for small business in the 2021-22 legislative sessions.

ST. PAUL, MN —The state’s major small business organization, the National Federation of Independent Business, or NFIB, today presented Representative Keith Franke (R-St. Paul Park) with the prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award.

“As a small business owner, I am proud to be a voice for all employers in St. Paul and I am honored to be recognized with the Guardian of Small Business Award,” said Franke. “Small businesses are at the heart of our communities. I will always support our business owners to ensure they are able to grow and thrive.”

“Now more than ever, Main Street needs strong advocates, and they have one in Representative Keith Franke,” said John Reynolds, NFIB Minnesota State Director. “As a small business owner himself, Keith understands the challenges that Main Street is facing every day. Thanks to Keith’s leadership, small businesses were spared from painful tax hikes, more red tape, and burdensome mandates.”

Franke earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award with a 100% score on the NFIB Minnesota Voting Record for 2021-22.

The Guardian of Small Business Award is reserved for legislators who vote consistently with small business on the key issues identified by small business owners. Minnesota lawmakers who voted with small business on key issues 80% or more of the time during the 2021-22 legislative session earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award.

Lawmakers are informed prior to Key Votes of consensus positions developed through NFIB's one member, one vote policy and asked to support the priorities of small business with their vote. Key Votes are recorded in the biennial NFIB Minnesota Voting Record and distributed to the more than 10,000 small businesses that belong to NFIB here.

Franke NFIB Award

Rep. Franke with NFIB Minnesota State Director John Reynolds