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NSBA would be nothing without its members and their big achievements all in the name of small business. 

*The application process for 2022 has closed – stay tuned in early 2023 for details about next year’s award.

Advocate of the Year

The Lewis A. Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award recognizes small-business owners who go above and beyond in advocating for the small-business community.  Finalists and winners are announced at NSBA’s annual Washington Presentation in Washington, D.C.

Previous Winners

2019 Calvin Mills, Jr. | CMC Technology Solutions and SLT Technology, Inc

2018 Larry Nannis | Lawrence S. Nannis Consultant to Entrepreneurs

2017 David Ickert | Air Tractor, Inc.

2015 Gary Kushner | Kushner & Company

2014 Brian Stein | S&S Intersource

2013 Raymond Arth | Phoenix Products, Inc.

2011 Grafton H. “Cap” Willey, IV | CBIZ Tofias

2010 Michael Mitternight | Factory Service Agency

2009 Thomas C. Pitrone, CFP | The Integrity Group

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​Named after Vietnam POW-turned small business champion, the resourceful qualities of Mr. Shattuck shape the criteria of our Advocates of the Years: 

  • A demonstrated commitment to small-business advocacy above and beyond policies that specifically impact their own business or industry;

  • A proven history of volunteer efforts to advance and improve the overall small-business community;

  • Success in advocating for pro-small business policies; and

  • Success and growth as a small-business owner.

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