It’s nice to be recognized

If you’re like me you enjoy sharing your knowledge and offering support to other entrepreneurs and business owners.  When I started my first business in 1988 after my son was born, I joined the Entrepreneurial Mothers Association.  The comraderie, peer networking and fun we had trying to juggle business and babies made the stress of motherhood and the challenges of business building a little less worrisome.  It was there that I discovered how much I loved being a small business advocate and too special interest in the causes of women business owners.  For 20 years I have  continued that mission and today I was recognized for my efforts.  I hope you don’t mind me bragging a little.  I am proud to share this announcement with you here and encourage you to become a small business advocate and cheerleader in your community too.

June 3, 2009

Molly Brogan

NSBA Announces Finalists for Advocate of the Year Award 

Washington, D.C. — NSBA today announced the finalists for the 2009 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. The award winner will be announced during NSBA’s Annual Advocate of the Year Award Luncheon on Tuesday, June 9 at 12:00 p.m., which is the kick-off of the event for the NSBA Washington Presentation on June 9 and 10.

“After evaluating a very impressive pool of candidates, I am honored to recognize these exceptional individuals for their tireless efforts on behalf of America’s small-business community,” stated NSBA President Todd McCracken. “We need them now more than ever.” 



Susan Ratliff, President of Phoenix based Exhibit Experts, has been named one of five national finalists for the 2009 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award.  The award, presented by the National Small Business Association, recognizes the best and brightest small business owners from around the country who go above and beyond in advocating on behalf of America’s small businesses. The criteria used in determining award finalists was a commitment to small business advocacy, a proven history of volunteer activism on behalf of the small business community and success and growth as a small business owner.  Susan is the only women among the five finalists to be honored in Washington, D.C. on June 9th at a prestigious luncheon where the winner will be announced.  

The event will kick off the NSBA Washington Presentation June 9 & 10 followed by an evening reception attended by Presentation participants, a myriad of Washington insiders and influential Hill staff.  The following day starts with the Congressional Breakfast on Capital Hill including reports from policy experts and lawmakers at a White House Briefing.  The finalists will then meet with elected representatives for an opportunity to provide critical feedback and make suggestions to the Executive Branch regarding relevant issues impacting small business owners across the nation every day.  “I look forward to representing Arizona in Washington and hope to engage in some stimulating conversations regarding what this administration will be doing to assist small businesses in the future” says Ratliff.  

Susan Ratliff has been a small-business owner since 1988, during which time she’s taken an active role as small-business cheerleader, supporter, encourager, teacher and promoter. A true believer in the power of entrepreneurship, Ratliff created the first Women Entrepreneurs’ Small Business Boot Camp which just celebrated its fifth anniversary, and has taken her inspirational message to the women’s prison in Perryville, Arizona. Ratliff has been involved with NSBA, the Entrepreneurial Mothers Association, the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Chambers of Commerce, the National Speakers Association, NAWBO and the Arizona Small Business Association, to name a few. 

The four other finalists are Michael Bowlds, President of Mountaintop Marketing Group, LLC of Maryland, Michael Mitternight, President of Metairie, La based Factory Service Agency, Inc, Thomas Pietrone, The Intrity Group from Cleveland and Robert C Smith, President and CEO of Spero- Smith Investment Advisers, Inc, in Beachwood, Ohio. 

To learn more about the Washington Presentation and the NSBA go to,

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