Stand Firm with the Guardians of Small Business on Nov. 6

On one side of the Old North Bridge in Concord, Mass. stood a motley collection of patriots whose eagerness, reliability and strength was all that stood between well-armed and trained British regulars who were determined to put an end to a fragile concept called freedom. These “minutemen” were farmers, tradesmen and workers. They were more familiar with plows, printing presses and blacksmith’s bellows than the muskets they kept close at hand.

But they could always be depended on to respond quickly to challenges that tested the young nation. Today, their enduring image stands on many desks in the United States Congress. The Guardian of Small Business statue, carved in the likeness of the classic image of a minuteman, is bestowed by the National Federation of Independent Business upon those Representatives and Senators who display the courage to protect and defend America’s small-business sector. This award is no mere token of gratitude; it must be earned.

Like those brave protectors of freedom from 1775, many congressional lawmakers often face significant odds in their efforts to guide the nation towards a safe and secure future. Their challengers place politics ahead of national interests and view bigger and more intrusive government as the solution to America’s ills.

Guardians Awards

It takes courage and determination to do big things for small business, to stand firm when powerful forces attempt to run roughshod over the hard-working entrepreneurs of Main Street. Those who possess such fortitude never hesitate to cast votes favorable to small-business positions 70 percent or more during each two-year Congress.

In the next few weeks, many contests will be fought across the nation. In the tradition of democracy, the final results will be determined at millions of ballot boxes. NFIB’s PAC, SAFE Trust, is currently issuing its endorsements of candidates who have done and will do big things in Congress. Many of these are Guardians of Small Business who have stood strong for our members and voted for affordable healthcare, sensible regulations and lower taxes. Also, NFIB is supporting many open seat and challenger candidates who have pledged their commitment on these issues as well.

By Nov. 6, make sure you have taken at least five steps to help our endorsed candidates: Get informed about key small-business issues, talk to your family and employees about the importance of this election; volunteer to campaign for NFIB-endorsed candidates, help NFIB in its voter education efforts, and, most importantly, vote on Election Day. For more information, go to

This is one of the most crucial elections small business and our nation, in general, have ever faced. Like the standoff at Old North Bridge, this will be a major turning point in the history of America. We must stand firm to protect and defend our nation’s vital free enterprise system.

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About Dan Danner

Donald A. "Dan" Danner was named president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation's leading small business association, in February, 2009. Danner is only the sixth president in the history of the organization. Before rising to the top spot, Danner was executive vice president, overseeing NFIB's federal and state public policy and political activities as well as the organization's three 501 (c) 3 operations: the Research Foundation, Small Business Legal Center and the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. He came to NFIB in 1993 as vice president of the NFIB Education Foundation (now known as the Young Entrepreneur Foundation) and was named vice president of federal public policy in 1995. Previously, he was chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Danner also worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison, where he was special assistant to the president and deputy director of the department. Before joining the White House staff, Danner was an executive with Armco Inc., a steel manufacturing company. He held leadership positions in sales and marketing, as well as state and federal lobbying on issues such as energy, environment, taxes and trade. He also served four years as vice president of federal relations at George Mason University. A native of Middletown, Ohio, Danner holds an MBA degree from Xavier University and an electrical engineering degree from Purdue University.
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