CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – ( The Tennessee office of National Federation of Independent Business, the state’s leading small-business association, has presented its coveted Guardian of Small Business Award to state Sen. Mark Green.

The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small business issues. The NFIB Tennessee Leadership Council, an advisory board comprised of NFIB members, voted to present the award to the legislator for supporting small-business issues in this year’s session of the General Assembly.

Jim Brown, state director of NFIB, said, “Mark Green has a perfect 100 percent voting record with NFIB, but, this year, he fought for two bills in particular that are important to Tennessee’s small employers.

“SB 2481 requires the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to verify unemployment beneficiaries are conducting required work searches,” Brown said. “That’s important because it helps reduce fraud and will lead to lower unemployment insurance costs for businesses.

“SB 2469 is the ‘Right to Earn a Living Act,’” Brown said. “It requires state government to review entry regulations for licensed professions and occupations and cuts through some of the red tape that makes it harder for people to own and operate their own businesses.”

“Tennesseans are fortunate to have leaders like Mark Green representing them in the General Assembly,” Brown said. “On behalf of all small businesses in Tennessee, NFIB wants to thank Mark Green for everything’s done on behalf of our state’s entrepreneurs.”

Senator Green said he was humbled by the award. “Quite frankly it’s the small business person that creates the vast majority of jobs in our community and our state. I have made an effort to champion for them and to be recognized in my freshmen term by NFIB as a guardian of small business, it’s a big honor,” said Green.

The presentation took place at the historic Clarksville Foundry on Red River Street in Clarksville and was hosted by President Charlie Faust, a member of the Tennessee office of the National Federation of Independent Business.

NFIB is Tennessee’s leading small-business association. Learn more at or follow NFIB on Twitter at @NFIB_TN.

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