The National Federation of Independent Business has awarded Rep. Robin Vos the 2011-2012 Guardian of Small Business Award. Rep. Vos was selected on behalf of the NFIB's 12,000 small business owners from around the state. It honors Rep. Vos for his outstanding leadership and voting record in support of issues important to the small business community. The NFIB is the leading small business association. It represents small and independent businesses. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1943. Its mission is to promote and protect the right to own, operate and grow small businesses.