Andy Patterson, 

NFIB’s Ohio Communications Director

COLUMBUS–NFIB, the state’s leading small business association, issued the following statement on the unanimous passage of House Bill 197 by the Ohio General Assembly to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. This statement can be attributed to Roger Geiger, vice president and executive director for NFIB in Ohio.

“Small business owners across Ohio are impressed with the decisive actions taken by Governor DeWine, Lt Governor Husted, Senate President Oboff, House Speaker Householder, and the entire Ohio General Assembly in responding to the coronavirus that is devastating Ohio and its business community. In the unprecedented times, we are facing as a state, Ohioans look to the leadership of their elected officials, and these leaders continue to do their best to protect the health and safety of our citizens while balancing not doing such damage to the economy that we can not recover,” said Geiger. 

“House Bill 197 provides relief to small businesses and their employees, in the areas of state licensure, tax deadlines, and unemployment compensation. The unanimous bipartisan support of House Bill 197 was a result of feedback and guidance partners across the state of Ohio. We appreciate the input NFIB and a host of others were able to provide in this process,” he continued.

“We look forward to the opportunity to work with the administration and legislature as we all come together on both sides of the aisle to see our state through this crisis. We are fortunate to have the leaders we do in this state,” Geiger concluded.

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