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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Nisqune woman named head of state of national business group – The Daily Gazette

Niscauna resident Ashley Ranslow was named New York state director of the National Federation of Independent Business. Ranslow previously served as New York’s Assistant State Director for the NFIB, a position he has held since 2018.

Ranslow was promoted to the position after his predecessor Greg Birla became regional director in the organization’s State Government Relations Department.

“Ashley has been up for the position from day one,” Birla said. “She is poised to be the voice, face, and force for small businesses across the state and the Capitol in particular. I have never seen anyone speak to small business owners with the kindness and compassion displayed by Ashley.”

“She then turns that kindness and compassion into tenacity and determination at the state capitol,” Birla said. “Ashley has developed great relationships down the aisle with both Republicans and Democrats. She will continue to use those relationships to fight and secure the needs of small business owners across the state.”

Ranslow will begin his new position on January 1 and will advocate on behalf of nearly 11,000 small businesses across the state.

She said that she learned a lot under Birla. “Together we tackled issues about how to include small businesses in the legislative process, ensuring that we are electing lawmakers who support our proposals and To apprise the state government about the importance of this issue. I will always be grateful,” said Ranslow

In his position as Assistant State Director, Ranslow worked at State Capitol lobbying for the group’s initiatives. Although her situation has changed, Ranslow says her priorities have not.

“The change in title doesn’t change my focus. As assistant state director, I Managed state-level grassroots efforts and worked with other members, promoting their participation on various issues. In my new position, my work focuses on lobbying and the greater political aspects. I will also be more involved in communication and media to take my message to the masses. My passions have not changed and I will continue to fight bravely on behalf of small and independent businesses,” Ranslow said.

Ranslow has made it her immediate goal to help businesses recover from the pandemic. Independent businesses have been completely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the United States. A project called the Economic Tracker has found that compared to the months before the pandemic began in January 2020, there were about 38% fewer small businesses open in June 2021. The Harvard University-based platform analyzes data on real-time economic trends. Provide accurate statistics at the national level.

“Lack of labor, supply chain disruptions and inflation are some of the issues that small businesses are currently facing due to the global pandemic. Working to eliminate these issues is one of my first priorities,” Ranslow said. “At the state level, we need to find a solution with respect to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Unemployment insurance is a big focus, and we’re working with small businesses.” Crushers are working to reduce unemployment insurance taxes.

Ranslow’s long-term goal has remained the same ever since she accepted the assistant state director position — to be successful in getting the small business tax deduction. With the increase in the New York state budget, Ranslow found her initiatives gaining momentum.

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“NFIB has been pushing for independent business tax deduction for quite some time. New York state lowered corporate and producer tax rates, but small businesses did not receive the same relief. In previous years, it was said that there was not enough revenue in the state budget to accommodate this initiative. The state now has the financial capital to facilitate our proposal, so we’re pushing for that in Albany,” Ranslow said.

Ranslow has always had a passion for public policy and advocacy. Prior to joining the Federation he worked at the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association as the Manager of Government Affairs. In this position, he managed day-to-day legislative and advocacy initiatives, overseeing public policy from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

“I am not surprised that Ashley was promoted. She is smart, outspoken, she is an effective grassroots organizer and has always been a strong advocate for independent businesses,” said Rita Ferris, president of the Northeast Retail Lumber Association. Said. “NFIB has selected a great leader.”

“My time at NRLA was very helpful in developing my craft. It was here that I began working with independent businesses, learning the intricacies of the field. Seeing the challenges faced by businesses within the world, I was inspired in my endeavours. further inspired to move forward. The NFIB provided me with the opportunity to educate and inform owners on the government side of policy. Ensuring that small businesses have the resources they need to succeed and stabilize their economy has been my aim is,” said Ranslow

Local economic development is a priority for Ranslow.

“I think small businesses are the fabric of our communities. From your hardware store to your barbershop, these businesses are economically important and invaluable to our cities,” she said.

“For every $1 you spend in a small business, 70 cents is recycled in the local economy. The money not only stays local in what you spend, but the capital goes to the business owners who own their employees. These workers then use the same money to pay the state and property taxes that keep our economy growing. Everything starts with local businesses, and they contribute to a much bigger picture ,” said Ranslow.

Ranslow has been a resident of Nisqyuna for the past 11 years. When she’s not fighting on behalf of others, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ted, and their son, William.

“These are our neighbors and our relatives. Your daily average American is putting it all in line to make a dream come true. Our goal is important from a quality of life standpoint,” Ranslow said. “We want people on Main Street, not empty storefronts and closed doors.”

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