Amherst Chamber honors Ranzenhofer as 2010 Small Business Advocate of the Year; Cites strong voice, legislative proposals for small businesses


Amherst, NY – The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has recognized State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer with the Small Business Advocate Award today at the 2010 Small Business Awards Luncheon.  The Award is given to an individual that has aided other small businesses and contributed to their prosperity through their contributions.

“I am honored to receive the 2010 Small Business Advocate Award,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. “Creating a more favorable business climate to stimulate job growth and preventing taxpayers and businesses from leaving Western New York have been among my top priorities. I will continue to fight for legislative proposals that help small businesses to create jobs in our community.”

“The Amherst Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Senator Ranzenhofer as the 2010 Business Advocate of the Year.  During his short time in the State Senate, Mike has been a champion for small businesses by ensuring their voices are heard in Albany,” said Amherst Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Colleen DiPirro. 

The Amherst Chamber has selected Senator Ranzenhofer for opposing new taxes on small businesses, meeting with community business leaders and introducing legislation to help small businesses, including:
• New York Jobs Development Tax Credit which grants a $3,000 tax credit if a new hire is currently collecting unemployment insurance
• Small Business Electric Energy Tax Credit which qualifies a growing small business for a two-cents per kilowatt an hour tax credit
• Star Program for Small Businesses that provides property tax relief for small businesses

The 61st  Senate District includes all of Genesee County and part of the city of Tonawanda, the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and Tonawanda in Erie County.