Independent business federation endorses Boucher, Lavielle State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) and state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) were endorsed on Sept. 28, by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that advocates on behalf of small and independent business owners nationwide. \u201cIt is extremely gratifying to be recognized, once again, by the nation\u2019s largest association of independent businesses,\u201d Boucher said in a press release. \u201cAdvocating and supporting businesses is one of my highest priorities in the legislature. As both a state senator and a business woman, I know that in order to bring back Connecticut\u2019s economy we need to make it a more business-friendly state.\u201d \u201cMore than 75% of our state\u2019s businesses have fewer than 20 employees, so small businesses are a key driver of our economy,\u201d Lavielle said in a press release. \u201cIt\u2019s critical to make it easier for them to do business in Connecticut so that both young people and experienced professionals can have access to a vibrant job market with a full range of career opportunities. \u201cOne of my highest priorities is helping small businesses reduce their structural costs and eliminating burdensome regulations that make it more difficult for them to operate. I am grateful for the NFIB\u2019s endorsement and its recognition of my commitment to fighting for policies that will make our state friendlier to business,\u201d she added.