Eagle River Legislator Honored as Guardian of Small Business

Date: July 26, 2018

Rep. Dan Saddler praised for his work helping Alaska's small businesses

Contact: Denny DeWitt, NFIB/Alaska State Director, denny.dewitt@nfib.org
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, anthony.malandra@nfib.org

JUNEAU, Alaska, July 26, 2018—NFIB presented Rep. Dan Saddler its top award, July 25, at a ceremony in Eagle River.

“Representative Saddler has a strong voting record supporting small businesses,” stated NFIB member Chuck Homan of Homan Inc. “He understands that small businesses are a significant part of Alaska’s economy, employing many Alaskans and contributing to many local activities such as little league teams and many other youth activities. Dan knows small businesses are owned and operated by our neighbors who are committed to the future of our communities.”

Denny DeWitt, Alaska state director for NFIB, praised Saddler for stopping from passage many bills harmful for small business. “Rep. Dan Saddler is second to none when it comes time to speak up for small business,” said DeWitt. “His knowledge and articulation have persuaded his colleagues to kill bad-for-small-business bills in committee and on the floor of the State House. Every small-business owner in Alaska owes him a debt of gratitude for making their solvency more possible and future a lot brighter.”

Dan Saddler subscribes to the philosophy that government should not make the survival of small businesses in Alaska more difficult than it already is. He understands that small businesses are unique in their needs and contributions to Alaska’s economy; they are not just small versions of big 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. Saddler is only one of three Alaska legislators to receive a guardian this year. The others are House Republican Leader Rep. Charisse Millett of Anchorage and Sen. Pete Kelly, Senate President, 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 nfib.com.

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

State Rep. Dan Saddler, right, is presented with his Guardian of Small Business Award from NFIB member Chuck Homan. Members of the Eagle River women’s business group join NFIB member Chuck Homan for Guardian of Small Business award presentation to Rep. Dan Saddler.

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