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Miami, FL – This week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named JL Marine Systems of Tampa, Florida, as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week.

Rubio released the following video message to congratulate JL Marine Systems as the Small Business of the Week. A high-quality version of the video for download is available here.

“As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, it is my pleasure to honor JL Marine Systems, Inc., of Tampa, Florida, as the Senate Small Business of the Week. John Oliverio conceptualized the idea for a different type of shallow water anchor when he continually kept losing sight of fish while he was trying to stop his boat. Today, JL Marine Systems produces the Power-Pole, an extremely innovative shallow water anchor that allows fishermen to lower their anchor without taking their eyes off of their next catch.

“Not only do they produce a unique and innovative product, JL Marine Systems also makes an impact in their community by supporting hurricane relief efforts, local youth sports leagues, and a number of events and fundraisers. Additionally, JL Marine Systems has been honored with a number of awards at various fishing industry conventions. John and the entire team at JL Marine Systems are an outstanding example of Florida’s innovation, and I am proud to honor them as the Senate Small Business of the Week.”

Today, JL Marine’s flagship product, the Power-Pole is a premier shallow water anchor, featuring sophisticated technology for more effective shallow water fishing. The Power-Pole comes in five different models, is available at more than 3,500 retailers, and was the recipient of “Best New Boating Accessory” at the International Convention of Allied Sportsfishing Trades in 2011, 2012, and 2013. JL Marine is also a dedicated member of the Tampa Bay community, supporting of the Florida Aquarium, the Coastal Conservation Association, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and numerous other organizations

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Senator Rubio continues the tradition of honoring America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship oversees proposed legislation on matters relating to the Small Business Administration and investigates all problems relating to America’s small businesses.