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Youngkin Announces Endorsement from Major Small Business Groups

September 16, 2021

FALLS CHURCH, VA – Political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin today announced endorsements from three organizations representing thousands of Virginia small businesses: National Federation of Independent Business Virginia PAC (NFIB), Associated Builders and Contractors Virginia (ABC-VA), and Virginia Contractor Procurement Alliance (VCPA).

“Virginians have a clear choice this November between a proven businessman and bold leader with a plan and Terry McAuliffe’s failed record as governor that left Virginia’s job machine broken and its economy stalled,” said Glenn Youngkin. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of small businesses leaders from across the Commonwealth, who recognize that my Day One Game Plan will jumpstart the economy and add 400,000 jobs and 10,000 startups.”

“The NFIB Virginia PAC is proud to endorse Glenn Youngkin, who understands what small business owners are going through during this turbulent time,” said Nicole Riley, NFIB State Director in Virginia. “Youngkin’s commitment to enacting tax relief for small businesses, protecting workers from forced unionization or the loss of their jobs and creating a reasonable regulatory environment makes him the clear choice for Governor. Virginia needs a governor who understands that the key to growing our state’s economy is to enact policies that allow our job creators to thrive. Glenn Youngkin is someone who understands this challenge and is ready to take the reins on day one and get the Commonwealth back on track.”

“ABC-VA is an organization that is committed to growing Virginia businesses, creating good paying jobs, and developing a skilled workforce through our apprenticeship programs. Glenn Youngkin’s plan for Virginia supports free enterprise and fiscal responsibility. He will invest in educational programs that create both career and college ready pathways for Virginians. We believe Glenn Youngkin is the candidate best equipped to support Virginia’s commercial and industrial construction industry and its thousands of employees and suppliers.” said ABC-Virginia Chairwoman Rhonda Bridgeman, President/Owner, Comfort Systems of Virginia, Inc. “Today, we enthusiastically endorse Glenn Youngkin for Governor of Virginia. Like many of my fellow SWaM certified businesses, access to opportunity and the ability to compete on a level playing field are critical to our growth. Glenn Youngkin’s is the change we need to help all small, women, and minority owned businesses rebound and grow.”

“Terry McAuliffe and the Democratic run leadership of the General Assembly have stated that they will repeal right to work in Virginia. The biggest impact of this change may very well be your Virginia home grown construction industry, small businesses and jobs that have flourished for three and four generations,” said Virginia Contractor Procurement Alliance President Jack Dyer. “The only way to protect these Virginia businesses and jobs is to vote for Glenn Youngkin, a man who understands fully the impact failed union polices will have on Virginia. The VCPA unanimously endorses Glenn Youngkin for Governor.”

"ABC-VA looks forward to working with a Youngkin Administration to grow opportunity for employees and employers alike. Glenn will work with our industry to fix our skilled worker shortage while protecting every employee’s right to work. No employee should be compelled, as a condition of employment, to join or pay dues to a labor union. Protecting employee’s rights is of critical importance to the growth and prosperity of Virginia’s business climate,” said ABC-Virginia President Patrick Dean.

Virginia’s job recovery from the pandemic ranks 44th in the Nation and was recently ranked the 49th best state to start a business. If Virginia had grown as fast as our competitor states during Terry McAuliffe’s failed term as governor, Virginia would have created nearly twice as many jobs as it did.

Youngkin recently released his Day One Game Plan, laying out the actions he will take on his first day in office toward achieving his vision of making Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

In order to reinvigorate job growth and jumpstart Virginia’s economy, Youngkin proposed:

  • Protecting Virginians from forced unionization;
  • Cutting job killing regulations by 25%;
  • Launching #JumpstartJobs to develop talent, train workers, attract investment, and make Virginia the easiest state to start a business;
  • Reinvigorating small business by enacting a small business tax holiday and ending the tax on Rebuild VA and PPP loans; and
  • Keeping Virginia open and protecting lives and livelihoods.

These Day One Game Plan actions will add 400,000 jobs and 10,000 startups.

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