The first award will be presented in the fall to a business that is staying, growing, adding jobs and is active in the community.
“This award is consistent with what I think you’ve been doing for so long in Bradley County and with what I’m trying to do in Washington, D.C., not for just the 3rd Congressional District, but the nation as a whole,” he said. “But I really think we stand out and the award is basically to highlight the excellence of businesses that are doing the right thing.”
Cleveland State Community College Small Business Development Center Director Brenda Sheehy said she would be nominating businesses her office has assisted.
“I applaud Congressman Fleischmann for being an advocate of small business and initiating this award,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for small businesses to be a candidate and participate, and we will be submitting nominations.”
Fleischmann said recognition of the American entrepreneur is long overdue because the free-enterprise system helped make this country the greatest nation the world has ever known.
“It is those people who risk everything to start their own businesses and pursue their dreams that drive our economy,” he said. “I want to recognize those people, and spotlight the great business environment we have in the 3rd District of Tennessee.”
He asserted the free enterprise system is under attack from the current administration and Congress by their placing impediments on small, medium and large businesses.
The freshman congressman said he chose Bradley County as the site to make the announcement because of its track record of industrial development.
“I promise to continue to curb regulation, to make sure capital is available to businesses,” he said. “I want to see that great American economic engine get cranked up and lead the world again.”
He said nominations will be accepted at www.fleischmann.house.gov/economicexcellence. Nominations will be immediately accepted and assessed. There will be several awards presented throughout the year.
“We are going to do this on a regular basis and we’re going to start taking care of the American businessman,” he said. “If one of you know a business that has a special story that deserves an Economic Excellence Award, please fill out a nomination form at our website.”