Congresswoman Stefanik grew up working in a small business family in Upstate New York where she learned firsthand the values of hard work and determination that are vital to building and growing small businesses. Congresswoman Stefanik works closely with local small businesses, manufacturers, Chambers of Commerce, and entrepreneurs to champion policies that support small businesses, empower entrepreneurs, encourage economic growth, and create good-paying local jobs. In 2021, the Center for Effective Lawmaking named Congresswoman Stefanik the most effective Republican lawmaker in the entire House of Representatives for Commerce Policy impacting small businesses, workers, and entrepreneurs. She has also been awarded numerous accolades from local Chambers of Commerce and North Country businesses, including the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the US Chamber of Commerce and the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation for Independent Businesses (NFIB).
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has been a leader in working to expand childcare options for families in Upstate New York and the North Country. She introduced the Empowering Employer Child and Elder Care Solutions Act to make it easier for employers to provide childcare and dependent care assistance to their workers. She also helped lead the After Hours Child Care Act to expand childcare access for parents working non-traditional hours.