Tillis Campaign Announces “Small Business Advisory Council”

June 17th, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Tillis for Senate campaign today announced its “Small Business Advisory Council.” Not only will this group of small business leaders be crucial in spreading Senator Tillis’ pro-jobs message across the state, but they will also guide his efforts to revive the economy and put North Carolinians back to work as the state recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the fifth coalition that the Tillis campaign has unveiled to date, and follows the release of the “Grassroots,” “Veterans for Tillis”,  “Farmers for Tillis”  and “Women for Tillis” leadership teams.

“Small businesses are an essential part of North Carolina’s economy, and I am fighting to make sure that our state continues to be a place where they can grow and flourish,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “While the recent Paycheck Protection Program has provided much-needed relief to our small business community, I am excited to work with the members of this council to find more ways to empower small businesses so that they can provide our state with economic growth, innovation and job opportunities.”

The members of the “Small Business Advisory Council” are:

  • Lisa Albertson, Piedmont Home Contractors, Greensboro
  •  Larry Blank, LB Travel, Leland
  •  John Crutchfield, Musten and Crutchfield, Kernersville
  •  Mark Elliott, Restaurant Owner, Pinehurst
  • Gray Few, Orchardist, Wilkes county
  • Gordon Hunt, Chairman, NC NFIB, Illuminating Technologies, Greensboro
  • Ed Jenkins, Pleasant Shade Awnings, Wake Forest
  • Carolyn Justice, Owner of Hampstead Services, Hampstead 
  • Jennifer Martin, Pleasantries, Taylorsville
  • Chris Measmer, Wayside Family Restaurants, Concord
  • Eric Nobles, Nobles Pound Financial Planning, Fayetteville
  • Sandra Oates, Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville
  • Art Pue, Engineering Sales Associates, Charlotte
  • Emily Roberson, DVM, Veterinarian, Advance
  • Mike Rogers, Rogers Masonry, Pisgah Forest
  • Chris Snowden, Snowden Jewelers, Wilmington
  • Bruce Sykes, Allegra Printing, Fayetteville
  • Bob Watson, Recovery Resolution Specialists, Cornelius
  • Buddy Willis, B&W Hardware, Wake Forest

Some of Senator Tillis key accomplishments for North Carolina small businesses include: 

  • Supporting the Paycheck Protection Program, which has provided over 106,000 loans totaling more $12.7 billion to North Carolina small business 
  • Enacting historic tax reforms as both Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate
  • Fighting for regulatory reform as both Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate
  • Backing strong trade deals like the USMCA and the Phase One deal with China