Fairbanks Legislator Honored as Guardian of Small Business

Date: October 23, 2018

Pete Kelly receives top award from Alaska’s leading small-business association

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

JUNEAU, Alaska, Oct. 23, 2018—Alaska’s leading small-business association announced today that it has honored Senate President Pete Kelly with a Guardian of Small Business Award.

Denny DeWitt, Alaska state director for NFIB, praised Kelly for killing two tax bills especially harmful for small business in the last session of the Legislature. “Since his days in the State House, Sen. Pete Kelly has stood side by side with small business,” said DeWitt. “His ability to stop bad bills from passing while pushing through ones beneficial for Main Street makes him small businesses’ most valuable player in the upper house.”

Senator Pete Kelly subscribes to the philosophy that government should not make the survival of small businesses in Alaska more difficult than it already is, according to DeWitt. He understands that small businesses are unique in their needs and contributions to Alaska’s economy—they are not small versions of big businesses.

Added former Sen. Mike Miller, owner of Santa Claus House in North Pole, “I served with Pete Kelly and know his commitment to small business. Senator Kelly knows that small businesses are families providing services and jobs in our communities and a large part of the economy in our state.” Miller is the northern region vice chairman of NFIB Alaska’s leadership council.

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.


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

NFIB Alaska State Director Denny DeWitt, left, presents Sen. Pete Kelly with a Guardian of Small Business award


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