RUSH LIMBAUGH GREAT AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARD

Rush firmly believed that you, the American people, make our country work. As Rush said, “The degree of entrepreneurship and creativity in this country is incredible, you can’t hold it back.”

Rush understood that starting and maintaining a small business takes tremendous determination, risk, and many long hours. Every day we hear from members of Rush’s audience who were inspired to pursue their passions after hearing him on the radio. In early 2021, Rush and Kathryn set aside a special fund to support and encourage business owners, specifically through difficult times like the global pandemic. In Rush’s honor, we will provide grants to small business owners so they may continue to invest in their American Dream.

Below you will meet several recipients of the Rush Limbaugh Great American Business Award. If you know of a deserving small business owner who should be recognized, please nominate where noted.

FEATURED AWARD RECIPIENTS

Birdmans Motorcycle Seat Company

Fourteen years ago, Jason Fogleman was inspired by Rush to take a big risk. Since he was a child, Jason wanted to be an artist, but life commitments got in the way, and instead he pursued a career in retail. In 2008, after listening to Rush on the radio, he quit his job and founded Birdmans Motorcycle Seat Co. out of his garage. Birdmans is now a thriving North Carolina small business, providing hand-crafted leather products to bikers across the country.

Jason started listening to Rush back in 1988 and credits much of his entrepreneurial success to Rush’s wisdom and insight. His son shares that, “like Rush, my father pursues excellence in everything. Rush’s life story of hard work to reach his childhood dream of broadcasting really motivated my father!”. To learn more about Jason Fogleman’s work, please visit his website here.

Gifted

Naoemi Gullickson of Staten Island, New York, knows how to find light within the darkness of tragedy. Naoemi and her late husband, Joseph, had dreamed of opening a small gift shop in New York. However, when Joe, a NY firefighter, volunteered to cover a friend’s shift on September 11, 2001, their family’s life changed forever. Determined to stay positive for her two young daughters, Naoemi opened the “Gifted” shop in Joe’s honor. Established in 2006, the shop supplies gifts sourced from small American craftspeople in the heart of Staten Island.

Although Covid-19 has introduced new struggles, Naoemi has not given up. Like Rush, she has found strength in optimism and resilience through hardships. Her community and many of Joe’s firefighter friends continue to rally around her and their family. The Gifted shop has brought Naoemi great joy and healing, while serving as a place of unity for her community. Please see Naoemi’s beautiful online store here.

FEATURED AWARD RECIPIENTS

Birdmans Motorcycle Seat Company

Fourteen years ago, Jason Fogleman was inspired by Rush to take a big risk. Since he was a child, Jason wanted to be an artist, but life commitments got in the way, and instead he pursued a career in retail. In 2008, after listening to Rush on the radio, he quit his job and founded Birdmans Motorcycle Seat Co. out of his garage. Birdmans is now a thriving North Carolina small business, providing hand-crafted leather products to bikers across the country.

Jason started listening to Rush back in 1988 and credits much of his entrepreneurial success to Rush’s wisdom and insight. His son shares that, “like Rush, my father pursues excellence in everything. Rush’s life story of hard work to reach his childhood dream of broadcasting really motivated my father!”. To learn more about Jason Fogleman’s work, please visit his website here.

Gifted

Naoemi Gullickson of Staten Island, New York, knows how to find light within the darkness of tragedy. Naoemi and her late husband, Joseph, had dreamed of opening a small gift shop in New York. However, when Joe, a NY firefighter, volunteered to cover a friend’s shift on September 11, 2001, their family’s life changed forever. Determined to stay positive for her two young daughters, Naoemi opened the “Gifted” shop in Joe’s honor. Established in 2006, the shop supplies gifts sourced from small American craftspeople in the heart of Staten Island.

Although Covid-19 has introduced new struggles, Naoemi has not given up. Like Rush, she has found strength in optimism and resilience through hardships. Her community and many of Joe’s firefighter friends continue to rally around her and their family. The Gifted shop has brought Naoemi great joy and healing, while serving as a place of unity for her community. Please see Naoemi’s beautiful online store here.

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NOMINATE A SMALL BUSINESS

Do you know of a small business owner who exemplifies the ideals that Rush so often spoke about on the radio including hard work, perseverance, determination and passion? Please share details about the business below indicating how Rush’s words or presence on the radio were part of the journey.

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