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Webster Receives ‘Hero of Main Street’ Award


Washington, DC – Yesterday, the National Retail Federation recognized Congressman and small business owner Daniel Webster (R-Clermont) as a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation for consistently supporting public policy priorities important to the retail industry and its millions of small businesses.

“The National Retail Federation is an important voice, providing research and feedback on policies that will impact Main Street,” said Rep. Webster. “Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, accounting for 55% of all U.S. jobs. Republicans in Congress and President Trump are working together to deliver relief to America’s small businesses, by cutting unnecessary red-tape and unscrupulous regulations, and delivering on the promise to reform our tax code.”

“Retailers and consumers are feeling good about the state of the U.S. economy, and a big part of that is the result of lawmakers who have made economic growth and job creation a top priority,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “As a Hero of Main Street, Rep. Webster truly understands that the decisions made in Washington have a real impact on local businesses and communities across the country.”

The overwhelming majority of retailers are small businesses, with more than 98 percent of all retail companies employing fewer than 50 people.

Background on NRF and award:

The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013, and eligibility is based on key votes, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance retailers’ priorities. Recipients have supported policies that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.

The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association. Based in Washington, D.C., NRF represents discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.