Anchorage Legislator Honored as a Guardian of Small Business

Date: August 06, 2018

Charisse Millett receives NFIB’s top award

Contact: Denny DeWitt, NFIB/Alaska State Director, 907-723-6667,
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, 415-640-5156,

JUNEAU, Alaska, August 6, 2018—NFIB presented House Minority Leader Charisse Millet its top award, last week, for her support for Alaska’s small businesses.

A lifelong Alaskan, Millett represents District 25, which is the lower hillside area of Anchorage. Denny DeWitt, Alaska state director for NFIB, praised Millett for consistently supporting the small-business position on issues both in committee and on the House Floor.

“Alaska small businesses have a battled-hardened, time-tested, and never-wavering friend in Rep. Charisse Millett,” said DeWitt. “I cannot praise her enough. She fundamentally understands that small businesses are not smaller versions of big businesses. They have a tougher time remaining solvent. Too often, lawmakers forget this in the mistaken belief that helping big business is also help small business. Not so, and not with Representative Millett who will even post our opposition to a bill on her office door for all to see. She is truly a guardian of small business.”

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 99 percent of all businesses in Alaska are small businesses, which employ 53 percent of the state’s workforce. Millett is only one of three Alaska legislators to receive a guardian this year. The others are Rep. Dan Sadler of Eagle River and Sen. Pete Kelly of Fairbanks. Media are invited to tomorrow’s ceremony.


For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

National Federation of Independent Business/Alaska
P.O. Box 34761
Juneau, AK 99801
Twitter: @NFIB_AK

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