Award recognizes leaders for their efforts in promoting access to capital and economic development in states across the country
WASHINGTON, DC, August 20, 2014 – Nebraska Senator Heath Mello was honored this week with a Champion of Small Business award from the National Coalition for Capital. Senator Mello and 34 fellow legislators and officials from across the nation were recognized for their leadership at the annual National Coalition for Capital Awards Ceremony on August 19th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Champion of Small Business Awards recognize individuals for demonstrating leadership in supporting policies and initiatives designed to promote access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs, especially those in economically distressed communities.
“This award recognizes Senator Mello’s important work to preserve and create jobs through access to capital policy that helps Nebraska small businesses grow and develop,” said Greg McIlvaine, President of the National Coalition for Capital. “Senator Mello has demonstrated he is a champion of small business, and his efforts will have an enduring positive impact on Nebraska.”
Senator Mello was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2008, and currently serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. During his time in the Nebraska Legislature, Senator Mello has introduced and passed legislation to help create jobs and spur economic development in Nebraska. Senator Mello has continually supported policies to encourage both economic development and entrepreneurship, most recently helping reactivate Nebraska’s Enterprise Zone program and expand the state’s highly successful Business Innovation Act, which provides capital for Nebraska-based start-ups and high-growth businesses.
“Now more than ever, it’s critical that elected officials do their part to advance innovative access to capital policies that allow small businesses to grow and prosper,” said Senator Mello. “I am pleased to be among those honored for supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs as they strive to preserve and grow jobs in their communities.”
The National Coalition for Capital hosts an annual awards ceremony during the week of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit to recognize individuals for taking a leading role in fostering access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
About the National Coalition for Capital
The National Coalition for Capital (NCFC) is a non-profit, nationwide coalition of leaders supporting economic development and job creation through long-term access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs. To learn more about NCFC, visit www.nationalcoalitionforcapital.org.
For more information, contact:
National Coalition for Capital
Senator Heath Mello