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State Chamber honors Tallian as small business champion

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce presented State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, with the Small Business Champion Award this week at the organization’s annual awards luncheon.

The honor has been given to select legislators who demonstrate dedication to bettering Indiana’s business climate for small employers since 1993.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Tallian. “And I hope that it will draw even more attention to the critical role our small businesses play in Indiana’s economic recovery. Small business interests are somewhat underrepresented in the Statehouse, and I think it is important for small business owners to know that legislators work for them.”

Protecting small businesses in today’s economy is a priority, Tallian noted. She is the Ranking Committee Member of both the Appropriations and Pensions and Labor committees. Tallian has advocated for issues including worker compensation, unemployment insurance and other labor issues.

“Many of the workforce initiatives we study in these committees end up affecting small businesses around the state,” Tallian said. “I look for ways that we can structure our proposals to not only help the overall business climate in the state, but especially benefit our small businesses because they are crucial to the state’s economic success.”

“Small businesses cannot thrive and create jobs under heavy-handed government regulation. Today, we honor five legislators who demonstrate through their voting records that they understand this,” offers Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “Each one has shown support for the vital economic growth and job creation tools our state needs.”

First elected to the Senate in 2005 to fulfill an unexpired term, Tallian was reelected in 2006 and 2010. She's led the fight to restructure the state's economy so businesses and workers can more effectively compete in the global marketplace. She has worked to make health care more affordable and accessible for all Hoosiers, and she's been a tireless advocate for improving Indiana's public schools and universities.

Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County and Michigan City, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County.

For more information on Sen, Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit



Posted 11/22/2013