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State Senator Jerry Black honored with 'Guardian of Small Business' award

The state's largest small-business advocacy group today honored State Senator Jerry Black, Shelby, with its prestigious "Guardian of Small Business" award for his work on behalf of the Main Street, mom-and-pop firms that employ six of every 10 workers.
Senator Black scored up an impressive 100 percent, pro-small business voting record on 10 key bills in the last session of the Montana Legislature.
Unique among organizations, NFIB takes its lobbying positions on issues vital to small business solely through regular member balloting. Small businesses have distinctly different threats to their solvency than do big businesses. Small businesses pay much more per employee to comply with the same regulations than do larger firms, and more than 60 percent of the 43 million Americans without health insurance come from homes where someone either owns or works for a small business. The typical NFIB member employer earns $45,000 a year, employs five people, and reports $350,000 in annual gross sales.
Among the issues important to small business during the last session of the Legislature were bills dealing with raiding the workers' compensation fund, capping punitive damages, limiting liquor liability laws and targeting telemarketers with a no-call list.


Montana Broadcaster Hall of Fame
BLACK INDUCTED INTO BROADCAST HALL OF FAME June,04
Jerry Black  spent nearly a half a century building radio in Shelby, MT. He joined the staff of KIYI (now KSEN) as a salesman in 1955 and became manager of the station two years later. In 1976 Jerry and his partners purchased the station and in 1978 he built northern Montana’s first FM station, KZIN. Under Jerry’s leadership KSEN / KZIN have consistently been leaders in news and local programming, winning a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award for public service. Mr. Black remains active in the Shelby Chamber of Commerce, Shelby Development Corporation, Kiwanis Club, MSU Alumni Association and is a former member of the Montana Ambassadors. Following his retirement he began a second career winning election to the Montana State Senate from District 44. As one of his colleagues noted, “Jerry Black epitomizes everything that is real and wholesome about being a broadcaster in Montana in the final half of the twentieth century.”

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