Ohio Rep. Barbara Sears has been chosen to receive a Small Business Advocate of the Year Award by the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and Greater Cleveland Partnership for her successful efforts to support small business owners in the state.
Last year, Rep. Sears introduced an amendment to legislation to protect Ohio entrepreneurs by helping to ensure that they would not be penalized with increased workers’ compensation rates, outstanding balances or uncovered claims for occupying work space that was previously used by a separate business with negative claims experience.
COSE has been a longtime advocate for reforming so-called “successor liability” practices.
“It is vital for Ohio that state government encourage and promote new business including entrepreneurs and start-ups,” said Steve Millard, COSE Executive Director.
“Rep. Sears stepped up and went to bat for entrepreneurship in Ohio by introducing this vital amendment, which became part of a bill that was signed by the governor. We are pleased to acknowledge and applaud Rep. Sears’ successful efforts to promote economic growth in Ohio.”
Rep. Sears is one of two recipients of the 2015 Advocate of the Year Award. The other recipient is Ohio Senate President Keith Faber. Rep.
Sears said she is honored to receive the award. “Small businesses are the backbone of not only Ohio’s economy, but of the United States,” said Rep. Sears. “Working on legislation that improves the opportunities of success for all small business is a goal that every Representative should be singular focused on each day at the Statehouse. As a small business owner myself, I have great respect for the men and women who put their personal capital and talents to work to provide not only for their families but to improve the entire state of Ohio.”