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Enzi honors Wyoming’s small businesses

May 17-23 brings National Small Business Week

May 18, 2009

Washington, D.C. – As the U.S. Small Business Administration honors the men and women behind our nation’s small businesses for National Small Business Week, Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., took time to recognize the small businesses that keep Wyoming’s economy kicking.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Wyoming’s economy and the products and services they provide as well as the jobs they create are crucial to our residents. As a former small business owner and a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, I am pleased that to take time this week to honor small business and the contributions they make in our state,” Enzi said.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 59,000 small businesses in Wyoming and 97 percent of all Wyoming employers are small businesses. Before becoming Wyoming’s senior U.S. Senator, Enzi and his wife, Diana, were also small business owners in Wyoming, operating shoe stores called NZ Shoes in Gillette, Sheridan and Miles City, Mont.

Enzi has continued his efforts as a senator to promote small businesses and look after their interests. The senator has hosted seven procurement conferences and six inventors conferences to help small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs build their businesses and have the tools and resources to succeed.

“Wyoming is a state filled with good ideas and common sense – two things that make small businesses succeed. I encourage all people to take a moment to think about the impact that small businesses have on Wyoming and how they help the state flourish despite these hard economic times,” Enzi said.

For more information on the senator’s work with small business as well as copies of presentations from his Inventors Conference in April, visit