STEUBENVILLE, OH—The National Federation of Independent Business, Ohio (NFIB) recently named Albert Macre, owner of Albert F. Macre & Company in Steubenville, the winner of the 2013 Small Business Champion Award.
“I'm honored to be the NFIB/Ohio Small Business Champion Award winner,” said Macre, who has taught full-time at Franciscan University since 1991. “But the real champions are the small-business owners who, not knowing what the new day might bring in terms of regulation, taxation, litigation, or economic uncertainty, still risk it all on a daily basis.”
Understanding this, he added, “makes it easy to stand up and support small-business issues.”
Each year, NFIB/Ohio names one Small Business Champion from among its membership of more than 25,000 Ohio small businesses. This individual not only gives of his/her time and resources to promote small-business causes through involvement in NFIB activities, but also must demonstrate a spirit of service toward the community and a commitment to advancing the concept of free enterprise.
“Al has been a true supporter of his fellow small-business owners and for NFIB as an organization,” said Roger R. Geiger, vice president/executive director of NFIB/Ohio. “Beginning with his efforts to establish the Steubenville Area Action Council, he’s served on our statewide leadership council and has hosted NFIB events at his business and even traveled to Washington, D.C., in support of our federal efforts.”
Macre was a founding member of NFIB’s Jefferson County Area Action Council, chair of the Steubenville Area Action Council, and is a current member of the NFIB/Ohio statewide Leadership Council. He also serves as a spokesperson for the organization on small-business issues in the local and national news media.
Macre has been the volunteer trainer for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, training 200 Franciscan student volunteers to provide free tax advice to local residents, for more than 20 years. In 2011, he was appointed by Governor John R. Kasich to the Ohio Business Gateway Steering Committee.