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

ValleyView Sheepadoodles

We are proud to announce our newest Great American Business Award winners — Willy and Holly Ropp of ValleyView Sheepadoodles. They operate a boutique dog breeding facility in Northwest Missouri, on a farm with rolling hills and beautiful open spaces. The Ropps have been married for ten years, and are entrepreneurs and “a hands-on team, loving each and every single one of our dogs as if they were our own pets. Because they are!” Their motto is “quality not quantity” and their hard work shows by the happy dogs they raise.

There is even a little Limbaugh pup who was born on their farm, a son of Missouri! To learn more and see puppy photos, please visit their 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

ValleyView Sheepadoodles

We are proud to announce our newest Great American Business Award winners — Willy and Holly Ropp of ValleyView Sheepadoodles. They operate a boutique dog breeding facility in Northwest Missouri, on a farm with rolling hills and beautiful open spaces. The Ropps have been married for ten years, and are entrepreneurs and “a hands-on team, loving each and every single one of our dogs as if they were our own pets. Because they are!” Their motto is “quality not quantity” and their hard work shows by the happy dogs they raise.

There is even a little Limbaugh pup who was born on their farm, a son of Missouri! To learn more and see puppy photos, please visit their 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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