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  • Federal Small-Business Programs
    issues View all NASE news Federal Small Business Programs Saturday March 28 2009 The NASE Position The NASE is a fervent supporter of federal small business programs that have a proven track record of efficiently aiding very small businesses and the self employed such as the SBA Office of Advocacy Small Business Development Centers and the SBA Microloan Program The NASE feels that any cut to the Small Business Administration s budget most especially the cuts in the SBA Microloan Program will negatively affect small business The NASE supports appropriation of more funds to the Microloan Program and the strengthening of the SBA Office of Advocacy The NASE would also like to see continued support and added funds to assist Small Business Development Centers Background Congress created the Small Business Administration with the passage of the Small Business Act of 1953 The SBA s function was to aid counsel assist and protect insofar as is possible the interests of small business concerns By 1954 SBA had begun making direct business loans and guaranteeing bank loans to small businesses working to obtain government procurement contracts for small businesses and helping business owners with management and technical assistance Today the SBA is the nation s largest single financial backer of small business The role of the SBA Office of Advocacy is to be an independent voice for small business in the formulation of public policy across the entire federal government The Chief Counsel appointed by the President from the private sector and confirmed by the Senate is the head of the Office of Advocacy The primary duties assigned to the Office are to generate research on small business trends characteristics and contributions to the economy and to monitor federal agency compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act RFA as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 SBREFA The SBA administers the Small Business Development Center Program to provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners SBDCs offer one stop assistance to small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations The SBA provides 50 percent or less of the operating funds for each state SBDC one or more sponsors provide the rest These matching fund contributions are provided by state legislatures private sector foundations and grants state and local chambers of commerce state chartered economic development corporations public and private universities vocational and technical schools community colleges and others The SBDC Program is designed to deliver up to date counseling training and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management SBDC services include but are not limited to assisting small businesses with financial marketing production organization engineering and technical problems and feasibility studies Special SBDC programs and economic development activities include international trade assistance technical assistance procurement assistance venture capital formation and rural development The SBDCs also make special efforts to reach minority members of socially and economically disadvantaged groups such as veterans women ethnic minorities and

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/nase-in-action/legislative-priorities/2009/03/29/Federal_Small-Business_Programs (2016-02-14)
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  • Small Biz Health Care Survey: Affordability Still a Major Concern
    Over 66 of small business owners responding to a new survey conducted by the National Association for the Self Employed NASE ranked decreasing monthly premiums as the one thing they would change about their current health care plan The new survey of small business owners released today by NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community comes days before the closing of the 2015 health care open enrollment period The survey conducted October 27 2014 through January 19 2015 gauges the opinions of 188 small business owners and self employed entrepreneurs nationwide on the issue of health care In addition to the overwhelming majority of respondents citing the monthly premium costs as a major concern 53 of those surveyed said they had either low or very low confidence they will be able to obtain both affordable and comprehensive health care coverage in 2015 Affordability of health care coverage continues to be a major concern of small business owners across the country said Katie Vlietstra Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs for NASE Greater than 23 of those we surveyed are budgeting to spend more than 10 000 on health care expenses alone this coming year That level of spending on health care costs hurts the bottom lines of America s smallest businesses and it impedes their ability to save grow and create new jobs The small business community is the engine of our nation s economy and the cost of health care coverage continues to clog the fuel line Much of the recent attention around the new health care law has focused on the availability of tax subsidies to help offset or defray costs for some low income Americans However more than 80 of the survey s respondents answered that

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/nase-in-action/nase-research/nase-member-survey/2015/02/03/small-biz-health-care-survey-affordability-still-a-major-concern (2016-02-14)
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  • Women Small Business Owners - 86% Definitely Voting in November 4th Elections
    Here s a snapshot of how micro business owners feel about the hot topics of the day View all NASE news Women Small Business Owners 86 Definitely Voting in November 4th Elections Tuesday October 28 2014 WASHINGTON DC With a week to go before this year s 2014 midterm elections a new flash survey by the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community shows women entrepreneurs engaged and looking for candidates who support the small business community The NASE survey of the opportunities and challenges faced by women entrepreneurs was conducted online from October 15th 24th and is comprised of over 150 women who own small and micro businesses from across the country The survey found that only 3 of the women surveyed indicated they would not be voting in this upcoming midterm election Furthermore over 83 of those surveyed cite it is either very important or somewhat important that candidates running for office and or elected officials have a stated pro business agenda Additional highlights of the NASE women entrepreneurs survey released today includes Over 80 of the respondents said it was either very important or somewhat important for Congress to address individual tax reform in 2015 Over 80 of respondents used personal funds to start their business with less than 10 securing a traditional small business loan Nearly 80 provide some level of health care coverage to their employees or themselves Their 1 concern is finding ways to market and grow their business 58 followed by the cost of health care 38 NASE s Vice President of Government Relations Katie Vlietstra recently penned in Huffington Post that Congress should immediately address health care women s entrepreneurship and tax reform for the small business

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/nase-in-action/nase-research/nase-member-survey/2014/10/28/women-small-business-owners---86-definitely-voting-in-november-4th-elections (2016-02-14)
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  • New Survey: Majority of Small Businesses Feel They Will Be Unable to Secure Comprehensive, Affordable Health Care in 2014
    care coverage in the new year according to a new survey by The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses The NASE membership survey released today was conducted online from November 7 th 20 tt and is comprised of 498 small and micro business owners from across the country The survey found that nearly 60 of respondents believe there is a low or very low chance they ll be able to secure both affordable and comprehensive coverage in 2014 Additional highlights of the NASE membership survey released today includes Of the half of the respondents who visited HealthCare gov over 60 of them experienced technical issues and or glitches with the website Question 2 on the survey is of the 248 respondents who answered yes they have visited HeatlhCare gov since October 1 2013 question 1 Over 30 of those who visited HealthCare gov have now decided to explore options outside of the Exchange Nearly 9 of those able to visit the site reported they had successfully enrolled in a health insurance plan for 2014 Almost 17 of respondents indicated that they d be forgoing health insurance in 2014 due to costs Last week the NASE strongly opposed the President s new health care proposal to re instate cancelled health care policies calling it bad policy and short sighted Instead the NASE proposed extending the open enrollment period for the entire 2014 calendar year and delaying the individual mandate penalty which would allow adequate time for small businesses and American s nationwide to become better informed about the options available and costs associated with the new health care plans Delaying the individual mandate penalty will put individual American s including the self employed on a level

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/nase-in-action/nase-research/nase-member-survey/2013/11/21/new-survey-majority-of-small-businesses-feel-they-will-be-unable-to-secure-comprehensive-affordable-health-care-in-2014 (2016-02-14)
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  • Obamacare Data: America’s Smallest Businesses Haven’t Yet Decided If They Will Purchase Health Care on Exchanges
    Topics that Are Important to Small Business Owners Here s a snapshot of how micro business owners feel about the hot topics of the day View all NASE news Obamacare Data America s Smallest Businesses Haven t Yet Decided If They Will Purchase Health Care on Exchanges Monday September 30 2013 With open enrollment in the nation s new health care system beginning tomorrow against the backdrop of a potential Federal Government shutdown The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses today released new data from a national survey of its membership showing that more than half 54 of the 476 respondents haven t decided if they will purchase health care on the Exchanges In fact 64 of the respondents indicated they have yet to even visit the new HealthCare gov website and 100 of those surveyed answered that price will be a deciding factor in their decision Millions of America s smallest business owners are heading into the opening of the enrollment period tomorrow confused and unsettled about the new health care system said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs As the Government faces a potential shutdown a majority of our membership has not yet even visited the online marketplace to explore options while over 65 percent expect to pay more for their coverage Just a day away from open enrollment our membership like millions of Americans are frankly unsure how the new law will impact them or how to even approach the new system The NASE membership survey released today was conducted online from September 18 th 28 th The survey of nearly 500 respondents across the country made up of small business owners that are members of NASE found that 50

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/nase-in-action/nase-research/nase-member-survey/2013/09/30/obamacare-data-america-s-smallest-businesses-haven-t-yet-decided-if-they-will-purchase-health-care-on-exchanges (2016-02-14)
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  • New Survey Shows Self-Employed, Small Business Owners Want Congress to Enact Immigration Reform
    Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory NASE Survey Results Topics that Are Important to Small Business Owners Here s a snapshot of how micro business owners feel about the hot topics of the day View all NASE news New Survey Shows Self Employed Small Business Owners Want Congress to Enact Immigration Reform Monday April 15 2013 As the debate over immigration reform heats up in Congress The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses today released an online survey of over 400 of its members nationwide on the issue The survey conducted between February 25 March 18 2013 shows that America s smallest businesses the self employed and micro businesses with ten or less employees find the issue of immigration reform important want Congress to develop a balanced solution and are willing to comply with new reform regulations Some of the key findings from the online survey of 432 NASE members on the issue of immigration reform that was released today included Over 77 indicated that immigration reform was important responding to the question How Important is immigration reform to you and your business 26 6 responded extremely important 26 4 responded very important 24 3 responded slightly important When asked When should an employer have to comply with an employment verification system 58 8 of respondents replied that anyone who has either full or part time employees 79 of the respondents indicated No that they would not pay to outsource employment verification on the immigration status of all new hires should it become mandatory We want to comply with any new immigration requirements as long as they are not burdensome and impact our businesses and bottom lines said Stephen McNeilly owner of ServiceProz Inc and a member

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/nase-in-action/nase-research/nase-member-survey/2013/04/15/new-survey-shows-self-employed-small-business-owners-want-congress-to-enact-immigration-reform (2016-02-14)
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  • 3 In 5 Self-Employed Support Tax Reform Proposals That Would Drop Individual Rate, Eliminate Deductions
    Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory NASE Survey Results Topics that Are Important to Small Business Owners Here s a snapshot of how micro business owners feel about the hot topics of the day View all NASE news 3 In 5 Self Employed Support Tax Reform Proposals That Would Drop Individual Rate Eliminate Deductions Wednesday November 14 2012 Poll September November 2012 Results The self employed want Congress to take pains to protect the middle class from tax increases according to a new study published by the National Association for the Self Employed NASE When asked about preference in proposals to address expiring tax rates 46 of micro businesses chose a one year extension of current tax rates for those making under 250 000 Thirty four percent indicated that they would like to see the extension applied to all income brackets Nearly 100 of business owners said it is very or moderately important for Congress to address these reforms The findings of our tax survey re emphasize the growing impatience of the self employed as Congress continues to fail to address comprehensive tax reform said Director of Government Affairs Katie Vlietstra Seventy eight percent of respondents support efforts to reform both the individual and corporate tax structure in fact 61 of respondents are open to exploring proposals that drop the individual rate and eliminate deductions One in four business owners said that Congress inability in recent years to enact long term tax policy impacts business owners ability to plan for the coming year One in three said that this behavior continues to highlight the federal government s inability to address issues in a timely fashion Sixty one percent would be amenable to giving up

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/nase-in-action/nase-research/nase-member-survey/2012/11/14/3_In_5_Self-Employed_Support_Tax_Reform_Proposals_That_Would_Drop_Individual_Rate_Eliminate_Deductions (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Partners with AEO and SBM on Micro-Business Survey
    Research Current NASE Survey NASE Member Survey NASE Issue Reports Self Employed Statistics Get Involved Tell your story Become a Media Contact Legislative Action Center Business Help Ask the Experts Taxes Business Strategy Business Law Marketing 101 Finance Accounting Health Care Reform Marketing Advertising Real Estate Information Technology NASE Minute Get Help Tax Healthcare Reform Health Marketing 101 Business Management Marketing Advertising Real Estate Calculators Business Breakeven Analysis Calculator Cash Flow Calculator Equipment Buy vs Lease Investment Annual 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 NASE Survey Results Topics that Are Important to Small Business Owners Here s a snapshot of how micro business owners feel about the hot topics of the day View all NASE news NASE Partners with AEO and SBM on Micro Business Survey Wednesday October 10 2012 NASE along with key partners within the self employed and small business community released new research on the micro business community

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/nase-in-action/nase-research/nase-member-survey/2012/10/10/NASE_Partners_with_AEO_and_SBM_on_Micro-Business_Survey (2016-02-14)
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