Small Business Majority Selects New Jersey Small Business Owner for Annual Regional Small Business Advocate Award

For Immediate Release: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Owner of Elmwood Park-based Empanada Fork selected to receive Small Business Advocate Award for work on access to capital and entrepreneurship

Elmwood Park, N.J.—National small business advocacy group Small Business Majority has selected Hipatia Lopez, owner of Empanada Fork in Elmwood Park, to receive its inaugural regional Small Business Advocate Award for speaking up on issues that matter to small businesses, including access to capital and entrepreneurship.

Lopez's business manufactures a patented kitchen utensil for making empanadas. She received the award for her work advocating for small business issues through actions like speaking to media and traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with small business leaders and policymakers as part of Small Business Majority's annual Small Business Leadership Summit.

"Small Business Majority works with small business owners across the country to help them get involved in the public policy process," said Aixa Acevedo, New Jersey Outreach Manager for Small Business Majority. "This year, we're issuing our first annual Small Business Advocate Awards to recognize local leaders who have gone above and beyond in their role as advocates for the small business community. Hipatia Lopez has been a powerful voice for small businesses on issues including access to capital and entrepreneurship."

Small businesses are responsible for keeping our communities vibrant and strengthening our economy. As our nation's primary job creators, it's important that their voices are being heard at the public policy table and in the media. Since its founding in 2005, Small Business Majority has helped hundreds of passionate small business owners speak up and impact policy on key small business issues like healthcare, access to capital, tax reform, clean energy and more.

"Small business owners know exactly what small businesses need to be successful," said Acevedo. "It's crucial that lawmakers and the media hear directly from small business owners about what works and what doesn't for the small business community. This award is about honoring small business owners who are dedicated to fighting for policies that keep small businesses thriving."

The award will be presented in person later this week at Lopez's business.

For more information, please contact Aixa Acevedo at (646) 801-9489 or [email protected].

About Small Business Majority
Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing America's 28 million small businesses today. Since 2005, we have actively engaged small business owners and policymakers in support of public policy solutions, and have delivered information and resources to entrepreneurs that promote small business growth and drive a strong, sustainable economy. We are a team of more than 30 working from our 11 offices in Washington, D.C. and 9 states, with a network of more than 45,000 small business owners and more than 2,000 business organizations, along with a formal strategic partnership program of more than 125 business organizations, enabling us to reach more than 500,000 entrepreneurs. Our extensive scientific polling, focus groups and economic research help us educate and inform policymakers, the media and other stakeholders about issues including taxes, healthcare, access to capital, entrepreneurship, workforce development, clean energy and immigration. Learn more about us on our website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.