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Small business group honors Kirsh

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The National Federation of Independent Business, South Carolina's leading small business association, has presented state Rep. Herb Kirsh with its 2008 Guardian of Small Business award. He represents the 47th District, comprised of York County.

The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious honor the NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small business issues. NFIB/South Carolina's Leadership Council voted to honor Kirsh for his work in this year's legislative session.

"Small business is the heart and soul of South Carolina's economy, and Herb Kirsh has demonstrated time and again that he understands that," said Wendy Homeyer, state director of NFIB/South Carolina. "Rep. Kirsh has a 100 percent NFIB voting record, meaning he has stood behind small business owners on issues ranging from small employer group health cooperatives to fire sprinkler system tax credits to workers' compensation reform."

The award is Kirsh's second from the group, which he hopes reflects his interest in small business within his constituency.

"I'm real pleased," Kirsh said. "I support small business in all legislation."

The biggest challenge for small business currently is one Kirsh hopes to work on during the next legislative session -- Act 388. The act replaced property tax with a one-cent sales tax, and in it's current impact small businesses are bearing much of the tax burden, Kirsh said.

"Small business owners are fortunate to have strong defenders such as Herb Kirsh in the Legislature," Homeyer said.