NSBA Names Calvin Mills, Jr. Advocate of the Year

June 13, 2019

June 10, 2019

Molly Day

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, June 10, Calvin Mills, Jr., CEO of CMC Technology Solutions and SLT Technology, Inc. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was awarded the National Small Business Association’s 2019 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year. The honor was given in conjunction with NSBA’s annual event, the Washington Presentation, and recognizes small-business owners who go above and beyond in advocating for policies to improve America’s small-business community.

“Calvin Mills has been an outspoken advocate on small-business issues, cultivating important relationships with policymakers in Louisiana and Washington, D.C., and I am honored to give him this award,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “His tenacity and dedication has been instrumental in increasing awareness of small-business issues.”

In addition to running two successful companies, Mills has been an outspoken advocate for small business and has served on a variety of boards in his community, state and nationally. His advocacy has resulted in improvements in small-business government contracting, and he has helped craft legislative language to offer tax credits for small-business investment. Recognized as a thoughtful advisor to several Members of Congress in his 15-year career, Mills was invited to participate in a small-business summit at the White House in 2016, and has received countess awards for his leadership and small-business advocacy.

In addition to honoring Mills, NSBA also recognized the following small-business owners for their excellence in advocating on small-business issues: Richard Fleming of State Tax Group, LLC in Farmers Branch, Texas; Joyonna Gamble-George of SciX, LLC in Lutz, Florida; and Brian Morales of Pro-Cal Electrical Contracting in Vista, California.

“Calvin Mills is a very special kind of advocate—he is tireless, he is passionate, he is inclusive and he is bipartisan—all while running successful small businesses,” stated NSBA Board Chair Sharon Toerek of Toerek Law. “He is the example of how to get engaged in policymaking and what it takes to get things done.”

Mr. Mills was recognized by both the Louisiana State House and State Senate with formal resolutions for this achievement.

Celebrating more than 80 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit www.nsba.biz or follow us at @NSBAAdvocate.