NSBA Elects Chris Holman of Michigan 2012 Chair

December 7, 2011


Molly Brogan



Washington, D.C. – The National Small Business Association (NSBA) last week held their annual meeting where long-time small-business advocate and NSBA board member Chris Holman of Lansing, Mich. was elected 2012 NSBA Chair. A well-known entrepreneur, media personality and business owner in Michigan and across the country, Holman currently is the president and CEO of both The Greater Lansing Business Monthly magazine and the new radio broadcast company, The Michigan Business Network.com.

“Chris is the epitome of ‘small-business advocate’,” stated NSBA President Todd McCracken. “He has dedicated his entire career to helping foster entrepreneurship and will infuse NSBA’s ongoing work to better the American small-business community with the excitement and passion he brings to all his endeavors.”

Holman is a past chair of NSBA-affiliate group, the Small Business Association of Michigan , and in 2006 was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm as Michigan’s Small Business Advocate where he served as a liaison between the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and small business owners and organizations across the state. He was Dean at Lansing Community College in charge of the entrepreneurial curriculum and work force development, and has hosted various TV and radio shows focusing on Michigan business.

Throughout his involvement with NSBA, Holman has pushed for a national meeting of small business in-line with a White House Conference on Small Business. He also has been a staunch advocate for access to capital issues and regulatory and taxation fairness. Holman will take over for Larry Nannis  of Needham, Mass., who led NSBA through ongoing and significant challenges to the U.S. economy.

“I am proud to serve as the chair of NSBA as it celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012,” stated Holman. “NSBA is the most pragmatic, thoughtful small-business organization out there and its staunch nonpartisanship puts us in the unique position to focus solely on our one constituency: small business.”

In addition to naming Holman chair, NSBA elected seven other small-business owners to serve as the executive leadership in 2012, and appointed several new trustees to the organization. The 2012 leadership  and trustees will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2012 and will continue working toward key NSBA priorities  including: reducing the national deficit, enhancing small-business access to capital, addressing health care costs, reducing the federal regulatory burden and repealing onerous mandates such as the health insurance tax.

Since 1937, NSBA has advocated on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. A staunchly nonpartisan organization, NSBA reaches more than 150,000 small businesses nationwide and is proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. For more information, please visit www.nsba.biz .