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Portman for Senate Launches Small Business Coalition

More than 50 Ohio Small Business Owners Line Up to Support Rob Portman

- The Portman for Senate campaign today announced the launch of its seventh coalition with the addition of the Portman for Senate Small Business Coalition. Chaired by Matt Gregory of Gregory Industries in Canton, Mary Leavitt of the Flag Lady’s Flag Store in Columbus, and Nestor Fernandez of AKKO Fastener in Blue Ash, the group will help advise Rob Portman on policy issues impacting small businesses in our state and help spread the word about his efforts to create better paying jobs and opportunity for all Ohioans.

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and these small business owners understand that Ohio can’t afford to go back to Ted Strickland’s failed policies of higher taxes, burdensome regulations, and bigger government that resulted in our state losing 350,000 jobs and ranking 48th in job creation," said Rob Portman. “I will continue to fight for pro-growth policies that help Ohio small businesses grow and thrive.”

“Nobody will fight harder than Rob Portman to help protect Ohio small businesses,” said Gregory Industries Executive Vice President Matt Gregory. “He helped save 125 jobs here at Gregory Industries, and he is working to promote policies to grow wages and create more jobs and opportunity for all Ohioans.”

“Rob is a small business owner who fights every day for policies to help Ohio small businesses grow and create jobs,” said Mary Leavitt of the Flag Lady’s Flag Store. “He understands the struggles small businesses face as they have to deal with higher taxes and more regulations coming from Washington."

For all of his efforts fighting for Ohio’s small businesses, Portman was awarded the National Retail Federation’s ‘Hero of Main Street’ award and has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Rob's Record of Job Creation:
Rob Portman has passed nearly 50 bills into law.

As a small business owner, Rob understands the pressures Ohio small businesses are facing: rising healthcare costs, a complex tax code, and red tape that stifles innovation making it tough for Ohio’s small businesses to compete.

In the U.S. Senate, Rob has fought for policies that address these pressures. He is the author of the Small Business Health Relief Act that frees small businesses from the many mandates and provisions imposed by Obamacare that have led to higher premiums for Ohio's small businesses and greater financial burdens that prevent small businesses from creating jobs.

Rob passed legislation to improve worker retraining programs, and improve Ohio's workforce to help better connect job seekers with employers.

Rob is a long-time advocate of tax policies that help small businesses create jobs and invest in the economy. Last year he fought hard to have an important tax provision that allows small businesses to deduct the purchase of equipment made permanent. This important deduction allows small businesses reinvest in their businesses and now that it is permanent it gives them the certainty to plan for the future.

Rob passed federal permitting reform legislation to streamline and improve the federal permitting process in order to remove uncertainty and unpredictability that hinders investment, economic growth, and job creation.

In an effort to increase jobs for American manufactures, Portman introduced the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act.

Rob’s bipartisan energy efficiency bill, which he introduced alongside Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), is expected to create more than 200,000 jobs and greatly reduce carbon emissions equivalent to taking 20 million cars off the road.

Rob also authored legislation to increase opportunities for small businesses by cutting red tape that they face in the federal construction procurement process. His legislation provides the framework for growth in the construction industry for small businesses while at the same time encourages a more efficient federal procurement process.

Ted Strickland is no friend of small businesses:
Ted Strickland's failed tax-and-spend policies cost Ohio 350,000 jobs when he was Governor and now he wants to take those policies to Washington, D.C.

Ohio small businesses can’t take more job killing regulations, higher taxes, and increased healthcare costs that Ted Strickland’s policies would surely bring. While in Congress, Ted Strickland voted to increase taxes over 30 times and voted against decreasing taxes over 50 times. While Governor he opposed repealing the State’s death tax that would allow Ohio’s small businesses to pass their business from one generation to the next without paying a big tax bill. And he also raised taxes on Ohioans by $850 million while Governor.

When it comes to healthcare, Ted Strickland claimed that Obamacare would be good for Ohio’s small business community. Well, the results are in and Ted Strickland couldn’t have been more wrong. Just recently, the Ohio Department of Insurance reported that small businesses will be paying 80% in their premiums in 2017 since Obamacare went into effect. On the other hand, Rob believes that Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced with a plan that is patient centered, actually reduces costs, increases consumer choice, and stops government mandates. Ted Strickland wants more of the status quo of Obamacare’s increasing costs for small businesses.

Portman for Senate Small Business Coalition
Co-Chair: Matt Gregory - Executive Vice President, Gregory Industries
Co- Chair: Nestor Fernandez - AKKO Fastener, Inc.
Co- Chair: Mary Leavitt - Founder, The Flag Lady’s Flag Store
Jim Akers – Chairman, Akers Packaging Service, Inc.
Ty Baker-Baumann - REBSCO Inc.
Lissa Barry - President and CEO, Delta Systems
Michael Bridges – President, Peerless Technologies Corp.
Jack Buschur – Buschur Electric Inc. 
Burke Byer – President and CEO, Byer Steel
Michael Canty - Owner and CEO, Alloy Bellows and Precision Welding
Brent Dudgeon - North Central Insulation, Inc.
Dave Fahrbach – Owner, Superior Salt & Filters
Dale Fellows – President, Eagle Advertising
John Finley - President and CEO, Finley Fire Equipment
Monty Friebel - Cooper Enterprises
Randal Gaddis - President, Gaddis & Son, Inc.
Kelli Glasser - Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
Bob Grayson – Owner, Bob Grayson Painting
Tim Harrington - Vice President, BOC Water Hydraulics
Tracy Higginbotham - Owner, Buckeye Lake Winery
David Hill – President, David R. Hill, Inc.
Terry Hoggatt - Owner, Kilwins at the Greene
Dave Johnson – CEO, Summitville Tile
Doug Johnson - The Johnson Electric Supply Co.
Larry King – President, Capital Lighting
Bob Kirkbride – Marietta Ventures, LLC 
David Koehl – Owner, Paper and Ink
Dave Levacy – Owner, Buckeye Lake Marina
Al Macre - Albert F. Macre & Co. CPA
Rick Malir  - President, City Barbecue
Kelly Moore - GKM Auto Parts
Don Olson – Founder, BOC Water Hydraulics
Andrew Quinn – CEO, ILSCO
Tim Reynolds – President, Tribute, Inc.
George Rhodes – Owner, Woody’s Drive In Restaurant
Mark Romanchuk – President, PR Machine Works, Inc.
Zoi Romanchuk - PR Machine Works, Inc.
Bill Rusch – Co-owner, Anomatic Corporation
Brad Sacks - CEO and Founder, More than Gourmet
Tracie Sanchez - Lima Pallet Co., Inc.
Tom Secor - Durable Corporation
Jack Schron - Jergens, Inc.
Travis Smith - Co-Founder, VIP Waste Services
Bill Sopko – President, Stamco Industries
Kerry Steed - Generations Pizza
Susan Sukys - Mosaic Financial Group, LLC
Scott Sullivan – CEO, SelectTech Services Corp.
Roger Sustar - Owner and CEO, Fredon Corp.
Tom Whiston - Whiston Pharmacy
Shane Wilkin - Larry's Party Shop

The Portman for Senate Campaign has more than 300 volunteer campaign co-chairs across Ohio’s 88 counties and has also launched six other coalitions, including an African American Leadership Council, Veterans Leadership Council, Hispanic Leadership Council, Women for Portman, Sportsmen for Portman, and Students for Portman with chapters on over 30 college campuses across Ohio.

In 2015, the Portman for Senate campaign launched an aggressive volunteer grassroots program that recently surpassed 2,400,000 voter contacts through its door-to-door and phone programs. This summer, the campaign, which has nine field offices, will have 500 full-time summer interns to power the field program.