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

The 2023 packet is available, and applications are OPEN! 

Check out our previous Winners, and learn more about recognition for your small business. 

*The application process for 2023 is open! Apply today, nominate a worthy small business, and contact Ian Elsenbach any time with questions:

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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