Gudger wins Guardian of Small Business award

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Pictured are Cullman City Council President Dr. Jenny Folsom; Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce President Keith Varden; Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman; NFIB State Director Rosemary Elebash; and local NFIB members Don Jones and Don Morgan. (contributed)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) honored Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, with its Guardian of Small Business award Friday, Nov. 18, at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s November Community Luncheon. The Alabama Leadership Council of the NFIB selected Gudger based on his history of “outstanding leadership on small business issues” according to an NFIB press release.  

Gudger, who represents District 4, has earned a 100% NFIB voting record during his time in the Senate and played an important role in passing House Bill 82, legislation providing a maximum of $40,000 in tangible business personal property from state ad valorem tax beginning on Oct. 1, 2023. The measure will eliminate filings on a state level for about 75% of small business owners, resulting in a projected savings of $4.37 million a year.  

“Sen. Gudger truly understands the challenges facing Alabama’s small businesses, and he has shown us that he will do everything he can to create an environment where small businesses can succeed,” said NFIB State Director Rosemary Elebash.  

Gudger is the second-generation small business owner of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, founded in 1969 by his father, Dr. Garlan Gudger Sr. The younger Gudger worked alongside his father from a young age, and after college, returned to Cullman to continue working in the family’s small business. After serving as the Cullman City Council president, Gudger was elected to the Alabama State Senate in 2018 and 2022.  

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