ST. PAUL, Minn., September 20, 2016—The state’s largest small business group in terms of entities, the National Federation of Independent Business Minnesota, with 11,000 members statewide, today announced that State Representative Bob Dettmer (Forest Lake) was awarded the prestigious NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award.

NFIB gives out the award at both the federal and state level to recognize legislators who have been supportive of small business on critical issues. To receive the award legislators had to demonstrate a supportive voting record for small business during the 2015-16 sessions of the Minnesota legislature.

Representative Dettmer made many votes that were critical for small business, including a vote for significant tax reductions and reforms that included conforming Minnesota’s estate tax exemption to that of the federal, and a significant reduction in commercial property taxes that would make Minnesota much more competitive on a critical issue. He also supported legislation that provided employers a significant unemployment insurance tax credit that will reduce taxes by 27-29% and made a vote for reforming the healthcare component of workers compensation that is escalating out of control, and many others.

“Representative Dettmer is a real friend of small business and we are happy to announce that he has earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award,” said Mike Hickey, State Director.


NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their business. More information about NFIB is available online at

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