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Kovach Named NFIB Small Business Champion

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Claudia Kovach, vice president of City Machine Technologies, Inc., has been named the National Federation of Independent Business’ Small Business Champion Award for Ohio.

She was presented with the award June 6 during a ceremony at the state Capitol during NIFB’s Small Business Day.

“It is an honor and privilege to follow in my parents’ footsteps as an NFIB Small Business Champion,” Kovach said in a statement. “My brother and I work hard to carry on the good repair and customer service CMT is known for in our industry. When you support a small business, you support the entire community.”

Kovach is chairwoman of the NFIB Youngstown Area Action Council and sits on the NFIB statewide Leadership Council in Ohio. She has attended many of the NFIB Small Business Days at the Capitol in Columbus as well as lobbying days for NFIB in Washington, D.C.

She was an integral part of launching National Skilled Trades Day, celebrated the first Wednesday in May. Vice president and executive director of NFIB in Ohio, Roger Geiger, said Kovach has all the qualities of a Small Business Champion.

Each year, NFIB names a Small Business Champion for Ohio from among its membership of 22,000 small businesses in the state. The award recognizes those who give time and resources to promote small-business causes, demonstrate a spirit of service and a commitment to advancing the concept of free enterprise, NFIB said.

“She volunteers her time to the small business community, not just at the local and state events, but also nationally by creating National Skilled Trades Day this year,” he said. “Claudia is a great example to her fellow small business owners on how engaging with elected officials at both the state and federal level can make a difference.” 

File photo: Claudia Kovach, right, and her father, Mike Kovach, helped launch Nation Skilled Trades Day, celebrated for the first time May 1.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.