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Congressman Cole Awarded Small Business Survival Committee Honors

September 20, 2004
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – One of the nation's leading small business advocacy organizations, the Small Business Survival Committee (SBSC), presented its "Small business Advocate" Ward to Representative Tom Cole. The award was presented on Capitol Hill last week to Members of the 108th Congress whose second session voting record demonstrated a strong commitment to America's small business and entrepreneurial sector.

"Oklahoma has over 85,000 small businesses that employee over one million people. This shows what a significant contributor small businesses are to our economy. They create the most new jobs. So, to help grow the economy we must create an environment for small businesses to foster and succeed," Congressman Cole said.

Key votes rated by SBSC ranged from tax relief and investment incentives for small business owners and entrepreneurs; regulatory reform and modernization; access to affordable health coverage; stock option preservation for small firms and their workforce; and expanding access to international markets.

"Small businesses have shouldered much of the responsibility in getting our economy back to strong levels of growth," said SBSC President & CEO Karen Kerrigan. "By voting for key small business initiatives Rep. Cole has played a vital role in encouraging job creation and business investment. The measures Rep. Cole voted for will help small businesses stay strong, innovate and competitive for the long term," she added.