(INDIANAPOLIS) — For their hard work and dedication to improving Indiana’s small business climate, five state legislators were awarded the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Champion Award today at a luncheon ceremony in downtown Indianapolis. The award is based on voting and advocacy during the 2013 legislative session.

The 2013 Small Business Champions are:

  • Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage), District #4;
  • Sen. Joe Zakas (R-Granger), District #11;
  • Rep. Steve Braun (R-Zionsville), District #24;
  • Rep. Christina Hale (D-Indianapolis), District #87; and
  • Rep. Rebecca Kubacki (R-Syracuse), District #22.

“Small businesses cannot thrive and create jobs under heavy-handed government regulation. Today, we honor five legislators who demonstrate through their voting records that they understand this,” offers Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “Each one has shown support for the vital economic growth and job creation tools our state needs.”

The Small Business Champion awards have been given annually since 1993.  

The honors were presented at the Chamber’s 2014 Central Indiana Legislative Preview luncheon, which featured a panel discussion by General Assembly caucus leaders on what issues to expect during the upcoming session. Additionally, the Indiana Chamber announced its top legislative priorities.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce partners with 15,000 members and investors – representing 2.6 million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”

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