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  • National Association for the Self-Employed Awards Second-Quarter Small Business Growth Grants
    entrepreneurial spirit The awarding of these grants signifies our belief in these small businesses and we look forward to watching them make the critical investments needed to grow and expand The recipients of the 2015 second quarter NASE Growth Grants are The Senior Club Professional Advanced Adult Day Care located in Miami Florida Ernesto Dominguez the owner of The Senior Club and an NASE Member from Miami Florida started his business in 2012 Since starting The Senior Club Mr Dominguez has focused his business on improving the overall health and well being to the seniors in his care The Senior Club Professional Advanced Adult Day Care is a safe and secure setting for elderly loved ones Parents or Grandparents enjoy participating in recreational activities engaging in new hobbies and even finding new friends during their golden years With this grant The Senior Club plans to expand and renovate the center Bleu Fig located in Columbus Ohio Brooke Kinsey the owner of Bleu Fig and an NASE Member from Columbus Ohio is also a chef trained at Johnson and Wales University in Virginia Bleu Fig is a full service boutique catering and design company with a fresh and sophisticated take on celebrations Bleu Fig s motto is Food Flowers Flair and is a company that believes food should be entertainment unto itself Combining exquisite food excellent service and flawless execution is what makes Bleu Fig unique Bleu Fig will be using their Growth Grant to help pay for an event hall so the business can host events at their brick and mortar location Clairvoyance located in Reston Virginia Shaquille Pariag is the part of the team at Clairvoyance and is an NASE Member from Reston Virginia Clairvoyance is a strategic consulting and business development firm that provides graphic and web design services marketing audio video production and business development services The firm s mission is to provide comprehensive professional services to their clients Clairvoyance will be using the grant to purchase new equipment for the business to better serve their clients Since 2006 the NASE has awarded over half a million dollars to members through the Growth Grant program by providing small business grants NASE s Growth Grant program is intended for businesses planning to take the next step in their venture It provides available capital for small businesses and sole proprietors to be able to hire and train additional employees market their business in new and existing ways or invest in new equipment or software Applications for the NASE s 2015 Growth Grant program are currently being accepted from now through December 10 th 2015 Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year and winning small businesses will be awarded 4 000 grants monthly throughout 2015 Visit the Growth Grant page for more information For more information on additional scholarships available from NASE please click here NASE members also enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/09/22/national-association-for-the-self-employed-awards-second-quarter-small-business-growth-grants (2016-02-14)
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  • National Association for the Self-Employed Awards $12,000 in Education Scholarships
    000 in educational scholarships to four dependents of current NASE members The NASE Dependent Scholarship Program is an educational scholarship awarded to the dependent of NASE members to help ease the financial burden of tuition and other costs associated with attending college This year four winners were chose and each will receive 3 000 scholarships from the National Association for the Self Employed We are excited about helping defray the tuition costs of these four bright young students continuing their secondary education said John Hearrell NASE s Vice President of Membership and Affiliate Programs With college costs on the rise it is important that we support the academic endeavors of those interested in pursuing their education Since 1989 we have awarded more than 1 8 million to our members through our NASE programs This year s NASE Dependent Scholarship winners are Dalton Hegeholz Lincoln Nebraska Dalton will be attending Nebraska Wesleyan University where he plans to major in Biochemistry Hope Tedrow Gilbert Arizona Hope will be attending Grand Canyon University where she plans to major in Psychology Kelly Langford San Antonio Texas Kelly will be attending The University of Texas at San Antonio where she plans to major in Nursing Siddhart Agarwal Windham New Hampshire Siddhart will be attending Tufts University where he plans to major in Biomedical Engineering Hearrell continued For the last twenty five years this scholarship has continued to help defray the costs and ease the burden for many of our self employed members Rising higher education costs continue to affect the bottom lines of all Americans and for the self employed and micro business owner committed to operating a successful business it can further strain both their family and business budgets This award winning program is open to legal dependents of NASE Members ages 16 24 To apply students need to be high school students or college undergraduates planning to enroll in college for the upcoming fall semester Consideration is based upon Leadership abilities Academic performance Teacher recommendations Career and educational background School and community participation Financial need To become a member of NASE apply online here Further information about the NASE Dependent Scholarship Program can be viewed through this FAQ Document here or by sending an email with questions to info applyists com Note Please include the name of the scholarship program or sponsor NASE and your username in your email For more information on additional scholarships and grants available from NASE please click here NASE members also enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business A complete listing of benefits available to NASE members is available here NASE members are offered a host of resources designed to help support entrepreneurs and small employers including access to professional Ask the Experts services in tax health care and marketing a navigational assistant health care portal scholarships and grants discounts on shipping rates and affordable email marketing systems and webhosting services NASE s newest member

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/08/03/national-association-for-the-self-employed-awards-$12-000-in-education-scholarships (2016-02-14)
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  • One Week & Counting … Small Businesses Fined $700 Per Employee During First Week of Unfair IRS Rule
    NASE Calls on Treasury Department to Immediately Delay Rule Until the End of the Year to Allow for Bipartisan Legislative Solution WASHINGTON DC One week after the Internal Revenue Service IRS started enforcing a new unfair policy on small businesses that offer traditional health reimbursement accounts HRAs America s small businesses have already incurred a possible 700 in fines per employee over the last week Only July 1 st the IRS started enforcing the new rule that fined small businesses 100 a day fine per employee on small businesses that offer traditional health reimbursement accounts HRAs The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community today once again called on the Treasury Department to delay the rule until the end of the year to allow for a bipartisan legislative solution to be implemented Just one week after this unfair rule began being enforced by the IRS America s small business community the engine of our national economy face 700 in fines per employee an amount continuing to grow every day said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs It is critical that the Treasury Department immediately do the right thing by announcing a delay to this devastating rule until the end of the year and let the legislative process work In February the U S Department of the Treasury s announced a delay in the enforcement of the technical guidance issued in September 2013 regarding Health Reimbursement Arrangements HRAs a key health care tool for America s smallest employers The February delay expires today and fines could begin to be imposed on businesses not meeting the requirement for group coverage plans that provide health care assistance for their employees through the use of traditional HRA accounts The bipartisan Small Business Healthcare Relief Act introduced last week in Congress by Reps Charles Boustany R La and Mike Thompson D Calif in the U S House and Sens Charles Grassley R Iowa and Heidi Heitkamp D N D in the U S Senate would provide a remedy to this situation by enabling small businesses to continue to use Health Reimbursement Arrangements HRAs which allow employers to provide pre tax dollars to employees to pay for medical care and services When the technical guidance was originally issued back in 2014 NASE provided comment on the guidance stating that the technical guidance misinterprets the intent of the ACA as it relates to these types of tools HRAs used to provide financial support to employers with less than 50 employees The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy The NASE Small Business Locator helps identify and connect our nation s smallest businesses In addition NASE s new health care

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/07/09/one-week-counting-small-businesses-fined-$700-per-employee-during-first-week-of-unfair-irs-rule (2016-02-14)
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  • Unfair IRS Rule Going Into Effect Today Would Have “Devastating Effects” on America’s Small Businesses
    on Treasury to Immediately Delay Rule Until End of the Year WASHINGTON DC A new Internal Revenue Service IRS policy imposing a 100 a day fine per employee on small businesses that offer traditional health reimbursement accounts HRAs goes into effect today and the consequences could be crippling for America s smallest employers The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community is calling on the U S Treasury Department to immediately delay the policy until the end of the year in order for bipartisan legislation to passed through Congress to remedy the situation Currently in Congress bipartisan legislation has been introduced that would fix this unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs The Treasury Department should immediately announce a delay in this rule until the end of the year in order for the legislative process to work and for small businesses to be spared the devastating effects this IRS rule could have across America s Main Street In February the U S Department of the Treasury s announced a delay in the enforcement of the technical guidance issued in September 2013 regarding Health Reimbursement Arrangements HRAs a key health care tool for America s smallest employers The February delay expires today and fines could begin to be imposed on businesses not meeting the requirement for group coverage plans that provide health care assistance for their employees through the use of traditional HRA accounts The bipartisan Small Business Healthcare Relief Act introduced last week in Congress by Reps Charles Boustany R La and Mike Thompson D Calif in the U S House and Sens Charles Grassley R Iowa and Heidi Heitkamp D N D in the U S Senate would provide a remedy to this situation by enabling small businesses to continue to use Health Reimbursement Arrangements HRAs which allow employers to provide pre tax dollars to employees to pay for medical care and services Vliestra concluded Health Reimbursement Accounts have historically been a very powerful and effective tool for the small business community HRA s allows small business owners to do the right thing by helping provide financial assistance to their employees for qualified health care expenses Which should be applauding them for wanting to help their employees access affordable health care coverage not punish them with arbitrary IRS policies that could cripple their business When the technical guidance was originally issued back in 2014 NASE provided comment on the guidance stating that the technical guidance misinterprets the intent of the ACA as it relates to these types of tools HRAs used to provide financial support to employers with less than 50 employees The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/07/01/unfair-irs-rule-going-into-effect-today-would-have-devastating-effects-on-america-s-small-businesses (2016-02-14)
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  • Small Business Community Response to Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell
    Drafting Error WASHINGTON D C As the Supreme Court of the United States today handed down its ruling in the King v Burwell health care case the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for self employed and micro businesses hailed the decision calling it a clear win for millions of Americans who now have access to health care including those who consider themselves part of our country s small business community At a time when affordable health care premiums continue to be a major concern for small business owners today s ruling comes as a relief to the millions of mom and pop business owners across the country who are complying with the individual mandate requirement but happen to live in a state who declined to establish a state based exchange s said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs Today s ruling by the Supreme Court validates the clear intent of Congress which was to ensure premium assistance was made available to all Americans regardless of where they purchased their health care It s our hope that after today s decision lawmakers on both sides of the aisle move forward and get to work to address the problems that still exist with the new health care law From providing the self employed with increased affordability through enhanced coverage tiers to misinterpretation of the applicability of the use of health reimbursement accounts and the calculation of premium assistance there is still a lot of work left undone The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/06/25/small-business-community-response-to-supreme-court-decision-in-king-v.-burwell (2016-02-14)
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  • Michigan Small Business Selected as National Association for the Self-Employed “Member Spotlight”
    small business Forensic Foundations Group a forensic sciences consulting firm launched in 2013 based in Dewitt Michigan has been selected as this month s National Association for the Self Employed NASE Member Spotlight The National Association for the Self Employed is the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community John M Collins Jr President and Founder of the Forensic Foundations Group is the featured cover story on June s NASE Self Informed Magazine Collins has been a local member of NASE since he launched his small business in 2013 Click here for a question and answer series featuring John Collins President and Founder of Forensic Foundations Group in this month s Self Informed Magazine The Forensic Foundations Group based in Dewitt Michigan is a consultancy which studies trends and opinions among forensic science professionals and reports their findings to the members of the Forensic Science Chamber of Commerce who use the reports to refine market strategies Overall the company helps to build advanced occupational competencies among employees and administrators working in the forensic laboratory sciences Prior to launch Forensic Foundations Group Collins directed seven laboratories of the Michigan State Police where he was able to lead the laboratories and their 260 employees to their first ever international accreditation Collins is a 20 year veteran of forensic science having practiced as a scientist in federal state and local crime laboratories We congratulate John M Collins Jr and the Forensic Foundations Group on being selected as this month s featured cover story in our national Self Informed Magazine said John Hearrell Vice President of Membership and Affiliate Programs As the nation s leading advocate for the self employed and businesses with less than 10 employees it is important for us to highlight members who are on the ground doing the hard work of realizing their dream of being an entrepreneur As part of the magazine s cover story Collins was asked a range of questions including When and why did you start your business Forensic Foundations Group Collins stated that Over the years I took an interest in the Human Resources HR side of forensic science specifically as it relates to the development of employees and organizations that do forensic science work in criminal cases I reached a point where I had developed this niche expertise and had done so much speaking and writing on the subject that it would have seemed more ridiculous not to start the business and become self employed than to actually do it Collins continued I finally had to confront the very odd feeling that my own employment was holding me back I asked myself why on earth would I not do this and I found the answers to that question pretty unimpressive So I did it and am glad I did NASE members enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business A complete listing of benefits available

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/06/18/michigan-small-business-selected-as-national-association-for-the-self-employed-member-spotlight- (2016-02-14)
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  • Boston Small Business Selected as National Association for the Self-Employed “Member Spotlight”
    Employed NASE Member Spotlight The National Association for the Self Employed is the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community David Temkin The SoLa Look s Founder and CEO is the featured cover story on May s NASE Self Informed Magazine Temkin has been a local member of NASE since 2012 Click here for a question and answer series featuring David Temkin Founder and CEO of The SoLa Look in this month s Self Informed Magazine David Temkin is the Founder CEO of The SoLa Look a makeup line launched in December 2013 that targets the growing Latina and Spanish speaking population David was born and raised in Boston MA and graduated from Umass Amherst with a BA in Business Administration He went on to earn his MA from Emerson College in Media Arts Temkin launched The SoLa Look in 2013 after seeing a void in the makeup industry of a brand that specifically targeted appealed and marketed to Latinas Although based in Boston The SoLa Look is available online and provides a brand of makeup to a segment of the population throughout the entire country We congratulate David Temkin and The SoLa Look on being selected as this month s featured cover story in our national Self Informed Magazine said John Hearrell Vice President of Membership and Affiliate Programs As the nation s leading advocate for the self employed and businesses with less than 10 employees it is important for us to highlight members who are on the ground doing the hard work of realizing their dream of being an entrepreneur As part of the magazine s cover story Temkin was asked a range of questions including How do you market your business The SoLa Look We have a presence on social media networks including Instagram Facebook and Twitter We promote all of our current products sales and news on these channels They re all great platforms where we can speak to our customers and potential customers When we release a new product we also send out an email to everyone who signs up for our newsletter said David Temkin Founder and CEO of The SoLa Look Most importantly we use influencers on YouTube and Instagram to promote our products They have dedicated fan bases that we re able to tap into for free NASE members enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business A complete listing of benefits available to NASE members is available here NASE members are offered a host of resources designed to help support entrepreneurs and small employers including access to professional Ask the Experts services in tax health care and marketing a navigational assistant health care portal scholarships and grants discounts on shipping rates and affordable email marketing systems and webhosting services NASE s newest member benefits continue the tradition of providing real world bottom line assistance to small business owners To become a member

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/05/21/boston-small-business-selected-as-national-association-for-the-self-employed-member-spotlight- (2016-02-14)
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  • National Association for the Self-Employed Awards First-Quarter Small Business Growth Grants
    000 awarded in 2014 The first three recipients of the 2015 first quarter NASE Growth Grants are Swanson s Evergreen Nursery located in Niagara Wisconsin Joseph Swanson the owner of Swanson s Evergreen Nursery started his business in 2013 He is an NASE Member from Niagara Wisconson and has been awarded a 4 000 Growth Grant Joseph will be using the grant money to operate the business until he is at full capacity in the spring of 2016 Get Snackin Vending Company located in Las Vegas Nevada Bridgette John is the owner of Get Snackin Vending company a locally owned and family operated vending company delivering top notch vending solutions to customers in Las Vegas and the surrounding area Bridgette is an NASE member from Las Vegas Nevada and has been awarded a 4 000 Growth Grant Major Appliance HQ located in Chuckey Tennessee Russell Edwards is the owner and supervisor of Major Appliance HQ located in Chuckey Tennessee Russell an NASE member has been awarded a 4 000 Growth Grant that he plans to use in order to expand his business by offering a new line of products to an expanded customer base We are proud to announce the awarding of 12 000 in Growth Grants to three of our small business members from across the country said John Hearrell Vice President of Membership and Affiliate Programs It is critical for us to support and recognize small business owners and sole proprietors who are exemplifying America s entrepreneurial spirit The awarding of these grants signifies our belief in these small businesses and we look forward to watching them make the critical investments needed to grow and expand Since 2006 the NASE has awarded over half a million dollars to members through the Growth Grant program by providing small business grants NASE s Growth Grant program is intended for businesses planning to take the next step in their venture It provides available capital for small businesses and sole proprietors to be able to hire and train additional employees market their business in new and existing ways or invest in new equipment or software Applications for the NASE s 2015 Growth Grant program are currently being accepted from now through December 10 th 2015 Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year and winning small businesses will be awarded 4 000 grants monthly throughout 2015 Visit the Growth Grant page for more information For more information on additional scholarships available from NASE please click here NASE members also enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business A complete listing of benefits available to NASE members is available here NASE members are offered a host of resources designed to help support entrepreneurs and small employers including access to professional Ask the Experts services in tax health care and marketing a navigational assistant health care portal scholarships and grants discounts on shipping rates and affordable email marketing systems and

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/05/13/national-association-for-the-self-employed-awards-first-quarter-small-business-growth-grants (2016-02-14)
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