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  • NASE Members Receive $40,000 In Business Development Grants
    Wednesday December 30 2009 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander Program Continues To Help Members Grow Succeed Washington D C December 30 2009 Micro business owners received a financial boost to their business in the fourth quarter thanks to the National Association for the Self Employed s Business Development Grant Program These NASE Members with businesses as varied as an environmental consulting firm and an accounting firm were awarded a total of 41 500 for their businesses With the Business Development Grant program NASE Members can apply for up to 5 000 for a specific business need such as the purchase of new equipment or software or the funding of advertising marketing materials and training Since the program began in 2006 the association has awarded over 400 000 to member businesses The NASE Business Development Grant Program offers access to capital for micro business owners who have a specific business need but lack the finances to carry out that goal The program was designed after an online NASE Member poll found that a majority of micro business owners 57 percent initially fund their businesses using personal savings and many 40 percent continue to use personal savings for ongoing financing Over the past two years we ve seen how just a small amount of capital can get a business off the ground said NASE President Robert Hughes When a retailer can suddenly sell products online or a contractor can buy a piece of equipment instead of renting it those small changes to the way a business operates can generate huge profits The following NASE Members received grants during the fourth quarter of 2009 Gwen and James Arrigon of Beckett Run Inc in Hamilton Ohio Aaron Degler of Degler Design Inc in Saint Charles

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  • NASE Opposes Senate Health Reform Bill
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  • Health Reform Update: Senate Debates Cost-Saver For Self-Employed
    NASE View all NASE news Health Reform Update Senate Debates Cost Saver For Self Employed Tuesday December 15 2009 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander Senate Considers Limited Tax Relief On Health Care Expenses Washington D C December 15 2009 The health reform debate continues among Members of the Senate as lawmakers work to pass reform legislation before the end of 2009 Unfortunately three quarters of the nation s small business population the self employed receive minimal cost savings in the current proposal The National Association for the Self Employed NASE also notes that if the bill were to be signed into law the earliest the self employed business owners would see any possible relief would be in 2014 However Democratic Senators Mary Landrieu La Jeanne Shaheen N H Debbie Stabenow MI Evan Bayh Ind and Blanche Lincoln Ark have introduced Tax Equity for the Self Employed amendment S Amdt 3013 which would allow sole proprietors to deduct as a business expense 50 of their health premium costs This amendment is under consideration by the Senate for inclusion in the health reform package Currently a self employed business owner sole proprietor paying 7 000 annually for health insurance is also paying 1 071 in extra self employment taxes because they are unable to deduct their health costs as a business expense on their Schedule C tax form The NASE has worked for years to convince lawmakers to address this inequity making the tax treatment of health costs fair for the self employed and providing immediate bottom line savings We re pleased to see the needs of the self employed being considered and voiced by leaders in the Senate during the debate said Kristie Arslan executive director of the NASE Though we firmly

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/12/15/Health_Reform_Update_Senate_Debates_Cost-Saver_For_Self-Employed (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE National Tax Advisor To Congress: Support Extending Tax Incentives For Small Biz
    Tax Advisor To Congress Support Extending Tax Incentives For Small Biz Friday December 11 2009 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander No Need To Impede Small Business Job Creation In This Economy He Says Washington D C December 11 2009 When appearing before Congress NASE National Tax Advisor and Certified Public Accountant Keith Hall has one piece of advice for lawmakers in order to continue growing and creating jobs small businesses need to be able to count on a number of tax incentives Mr Hall was invited to disclose the needs of the self employed business owner at a recent roundtable on expiring tax provisions hosted by the Senate Committee on Small Business Entrepreneurship The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is strongly in support of extending tax incentives that are currently scheduled to expire In particular the NASE supports extending the provisions for Alternative Minimum Tax increased exemption amounts bonus depreciation options section 179 limits the sales tax deduction option the first time home buyer s credit and 15 year cost recovery for certain qualified leasehold improvements and five year recovery for farming business machinery and equipment Many of those provisions were enacted over time by Congress to stimulate business and job growth and have been successful particularly for small businesses across the country commented Mr Hall Congress certainly could not have anticipated the economic crisis that we all are currently facing however now is not the time to end key tax incentives that have contributed to the creation of new jobs Hall recommended that Senate lawmakers not only approve temporary tax incentives for 2010 but also make them permanent as temporary tax provisions can make for difficult tax planning for the self employed He also suggested that Congress pass

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/12/11/NASE_National_Tax_Advisor_To_Congress_Support_Extending_Tax_Incentives_For_Small_Biz (2016-02-14)
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  • Micro-Businesses Attend Kickoff Of “White House To Main Street” Series
    NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander NASE Members Invited To Attend President s Speech In Allentown Washington D C December 9 2009 Micro business owners in Allentown Pennsylvania recently got a visit from President Barack Obama for the opening of the White House To Main Street tour The Allentown stop was the first in a series of events across the nation focusing on job creation Now it s typical that it takes time for job growth to catch up with economic growth And it s typical that it takes a little more time to come out of a recession when it comes to hiring But Americans who ve been desperately looking for work for months some of them maybe for a year or longer they can t wait And we won t wait We need to do everything we can right now to get our businesses hiring again so that our friends and our neighbors can go back to work said President Obama Dale Schaffer of Bethlehem Pa is the co owner of Elysian Fields Specialty Florals He was part of a group of NASE members that were invited by the Obama Administration to attend the event at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Allentown As a small business owner I would have liked to learn more about opportunities for grants and small business loans The bank situation is very discouraging when you rent or lease a property for your business and have very little credit to show when approaching a lending institution for any financial backing I would love to grow our business and have the opportunity to employ more people but the current financial stress prohibits that at this time Our goal is to maintain the current number of employees we have while also looking to the future with hope of

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/12/09/Micro-Businesses_Attend_Kickoff_Of_%E2%80%9CWhite_House_To_Main_Street%E2%80%9D_Series (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Supports Activities, Goals of Global Entrepreneurship Week
    Rate of Return Calculator Mortgage Mortgage Loan Calculator Retirement Savings and Planning 401 k Calculator How long will my retirement savings last Tax 1040 Tax Calculator Payroll Deductions Calculator Self Employment Tax Calculator Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Press Releases The Latest News from the NASE View all NASE news NASE Supports Activities Goals of Global Entrepreneurship Week Monday November 23 2009 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander Worldwide Event Aims To Encourage Entrepreneurship By Young People Washington D C November 23 2009 Young people in 85 countries had the opportunity to explore their potential as self starters and innovators this month through Global Entrepreneurship Week Organizers aimed to inspire young people to embrace innovation imagination and creativity and to allow them to join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things The NASE supports the Kauffman Foundation s work with Global Entrepreneurship Week in encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation around the world The NASE believes in the importance of educating and encouraging young people to pursue entrepreneurship Global Entrepreneurship Week was co founded in 2008 by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare in the United States and Make Your Mark a business led government backed campaign in the United Kingdom In the United States participants had the opportunity to compete in a clean technology challenge and an Apprentice style innovation promotion tournament and mentoring and networking events among many other state and local activities More than 650 program partners hosted events in all 50 states and more than 200

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/11/23/NASE_Supports_Activities_Goals_of_Global_Entrepreneurship_Week (2016-02-14)
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  • Health Reform: More Of The Same From House Lawmakers
    Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Press Releases The Latest News from the NASE View all NASE news Health Reform More Of The Same From House Lawmakers Tuesday November 10 2009 Bill Lacks Meaningful And Timely Aid For Small Business Health Costs Washington D C November 10 2009 The House narrowly passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act H R 3962 this weekend and now the Senate will be the new ground zero for health reform debate The National Association for the Self Employed NASE was dismayed to see that lawmakers have once again failed to include provisions that will make a noticeable difference in the bottom line of the nation s millions of self employed business owners According to NASE s June 2008 study Health Coverage A Micro Business Perspective one third of self employed individuals are currently uninsured with cost being the primary reason for their lack of insurance Furthermore the study showed a massive drop in employer sponsored coverage amongst micro businesses those businesses with fewer than ten employees In 2008 only 18 6 percent offered health insurance to their employees down from 46 2 percent in 2005 The primary reason for dropping group health coverage was again cost In this difficult economic time reform should make accessing health coverage easier and more affordable for small business said Kristie Arslan executive director of the NASE s legislative offices It seems the legislation passed by the House will likely make it more difficult and worse more costly for our nation s entrepreneurs to obtain health coverage Arslan notes that while the bill s small business and individual tax credit provisions sound good on paper in reality they will not take effect for at least three more

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  • Consumer Protection Legislation Clears First Hurdle
    s financial regulatory reform initiative was approved by the House Financial Services Committee today In reaction to the housing crisis and the collapse of our financial markets the bill creates the Consumer Financial Protection Agency CFPA to protect consumers from risky and deceptive practices in the financial marketplace while also protecting our country from another economic debacle The CFPA would oversee and regulate consumer financial products such as credit cards and mortgages According to NASE s November 2008 Housing Economic Survey 49 percent of the self employed used various forms of personal financing mortgage home equity credit card etc to start their businesses Credit card debt accounted for 28 percent of this total debt Close to 70 percent of survey respondents indicated that they used various forms of debt mortgage home equity credit card etc to obtain additional cash for their business operations of which 39 percent was credit card debt Micro businesses and the self employed have been hit particularly hard during this financial crisis Their reliance on credit cards lines of credit and home equity loans to help with the daily operating costs of their business has left the self employed vulnerable to unpleasant industry practices Furthermore due to slow sales and a cash flow crunch resulting from the credit freeze and plummeting home values some micro business owners have been forced to close their doors During the financial crisis business definitely declined for our transmission shop We had used credit cards to pay bills Our credit card company cancelled these lines of credit my husband and I each had a card Once our lease was up we had to sell our business to our landlord at a huge loss commented NASE Member Jere Smith owner of Lancelot Inc in Liberty Mo The National Association for the Self

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