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  • New Obamacare Data: America’s Smallest Businesses Haven’t Yet Decided If They Will Purchase Health Care on Exchanges
    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 of respondents still haven t decided if they will purchase health care on the Exchanges 100 indicate that cost will be the determining factor in purchasing health care 64 have not yet even visited www HealthCare gov 67 indicate they expect to pay more for health care in 2014 In addition to today s survey release The NASE recently released its The More You Know Infographic to help prepare America s 23 million smallest business for the beginning of the new healthcare law s enrollment period The new infographic offers topline advice for America s smallest businesses the self employed and micro businesses as they brace for the opening of the federal and state health care Exchanges October 1 st The NASE has been supporting the small business communities around the country in order to help them become better informed about how to approach the start of the open enrollment period beginning tomorrow In July the NASE released its Affordable Care Act in Brief which highlights how the new health care law will impact 23 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide It outlines the pros and cons of health care coverage small businesses must consider while underlining the lack of information in the public domain about the health care law the Exchanges and details of enrollment requirements A keystone of the ACA is the requirement that new health marketplaces known as an Exchange be set up in every state to offer health coverage options to individuals families and small businesses to meet this new health coverage requirement The Exchanges will be offered and operated either by a state a partnership between the state and the Federal Government or just the Federal Government for those in states who have opted out and will default to the Federal Exchange Beginning on January 14 2014 Americans will be required to purchase health care coverage or

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/09/30/new-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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  • National Association for the Self-Employed Releases "The More You Know Infographic" About America’s New Health Care Exchanges
    Opening October 1 st WASHINGTON DC With under two weeks until the open enrollment period for our nation s new health care system begins October 1st The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses today released a new infographic The More You Know to help prepare America s 23 million small business The new infographic offers topline advice for America s 23 million self employed and micro businesses as they prepare for the opening of the federal and state health care Exchanges The NASE has been supporting the small business communities around the country become better informed about how to approach the upcoming open enrollment period click here or above to be directed to an online version of the infographic Millions of Americans are bracing for the open enrollment period for our nation s new health care system and the same goes for countless of America s smallest businesses including self employed and micro businesses said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs With limited and incomplete information available about costs the small business community must be prepared on day one to make the most informed choice for their business and their family While many small businesses will secure better more comprehensive health care coverage it is likely to come at a significantly higher cost The NASE today also launched a national survey of its membership about their feelings about the new health care system preferences in health care options and approach to the October 1 st enrollment date The survey findings will be released at the end of the month In July the NASE released its Affordable Care Act in Brief which highlights how the new health care law will impact 23 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide It outlines the pros and cons of health care coverage small businesses must consider while underlining the lack of information in the public domain about the health care law the Exchanges and details of enrollment requirements A keystone of the ACA is the requirement that new health marketplaces known as an Exchange be set up in every state to offer health coverage options to individuals families and small businesses to meet this new health coverage requirement The Exchanges will be offered and operated either by a state a partnership between the state and the Federal Government or just the Federal Government for those in states who have opted out and will default to the Federal Exchange Beginning on January 14 2014 Americans will be required to purchase health care coverage or pay a penalty Enrollment in the Exchanges will open on October 1 2013 In addition to the NASE s small business health resource center the government recently re launched a new website portal for the public to learn more about the new health care law and it s Exchanges www HealthCare gov The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation s

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/09/18/national-association-for-the-self-employed-releases-the-more-you-know-infographic-about-america-s-new-health-care-exchanges (2016-02-14)
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  • Winner Announced in National Small Business Crowdfunding Contest
    a crowdfunding platform partner focused exclusively on startup companies announced Las Vegas small business The Cookie Bar as the winner of their national crowdfunding contest The national contest was created as a way to show their commitment to supporting America s small business community in their goal of raising and securing capital through the powerful platform of crowdfunding The Cookie Bar a Las Vegas NV small business that specializes in alcohol infused and non alcoholic cookies and treats was the first company to reach their fundraising goal thus winning the national competition In addition to the money The Cookie Bar has already raised through their Fundable page they will also receive an additional 10 000 in funds from the contest sponsors The owners of The Cookie Bar Jenny and Wendy Baumgartner have stated that the money will go towards obtaining a small storefront location for the business We congratulate Las Vegas small business owners Wendy and Jenny Baumgartner founders of The Cookie Bar All of the small business finalists were terrific and we thank them for taking part in the contest and tapping into the incredibly powerful tool of crowdfunding All along our hope and goals for the contest were to help the participating businesses and showcase crowdfunding as a way for start ups and small businesses to achieve their funding goals said Karen Kerrigan President and CEO SBE Council Katie Vlietstra Director of Government Affairs NASE and Eric Corl President and Co Founder Fundable We re incredibly excited to have taken part in this national contest Of course we are extremely grateful for the sponsors who are helping us grow our local family owned small business The Cookie Bar is a mother daughter venture and we have big dreams for this small business The capital we ve raised through this crowdfunding contest along with the additional 10 000 in prize money will help us realize our goal of opening a storefront business in our community said Wendy and Jenny Baumgartner owners of The Cookie Bar The Cookie Bar recently featured in the Las Vegas Review Journal can be found online at www thecookiebarlv com and on Twitter and Facebook thecookiebarlv The Cookie Bar s individual fundraising page at Fundable is located at http www fundable com the cookie bar For media interested in speaking with a representative from The Cookie Bar please contact Jennifer Baumgartner at 702 335 9307 or via email at thecookiebarlv gmail com With new rules pending at the Securities and Exchange Commission SEC to expand equity and debt based crowdfunding there has been an increased interest in the viability of this method to raise funds for new and growing businesses A national crowdfunding contest is an effective approach to increase awareness educate business owners and stakeholders and promote entrepreneurship The contest s sponsors are also dedicated to elevating the issue of raising and accessing capital for small businesses The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation s leading resource for the self

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/09/16/winner-announced-in-national-small-business-crowdfunding-contest (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Announces New President & CEO
    as the Head of the Small Business Membership Association WASHINGTON DC John Wright Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Association for the Self Employed NASE today announced the appointment of Keith R Hall CPA of Texas as its new President and Chief Executive Officer The challenges faced by millions of America s smallest business owners have never been more formidable said Wright Health care reform tax reform and access to capital continue to be top areas of concern for our nation s self employed and Keith brings a unique perspective in helping the NASE guide small business owners through these difficult issues Keith Hall has been a key member of the NASE family for over 23 years serving as its Chief Operating Officer Chief Financial Officer National Tax Advisor and as a member of its Board of Directors He has been instrumental in developing educational support for small business owners conducting hundreds of seminars and webinars all across the country His advice and support for the self employed has been featured in the Wall Street Journal the New York Times The Washington Post and on hundreds of radio programs and he has testified on numerous occasions before the House and Senate Small Business Committees on behalf of small business For over thirty years the NASE has been the voice for small and micro business owners and I am honored to be a part of such a special organization said Hall My simple message to America s 23 million self employed and micro business business owners is that you are not alone NASE s mission is to promote educate and advocate for those small businesses and that mission will continue The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation s leading resource for the self employed

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/09/06/nase-announces-new-president-ceo (2016-02-14)
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  • Organizations Team up to Help Women Veterans & Military Spouses Start their own Small Businesses
    partnership is part of the BPW s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus a program dedicated to helping military spouses and women veterans connect with working women mentors and subject matter experts SMEs to receive support guidance career development and to ultimately obtain meaningful employment Related to these efforts NASE and BPW Foundation recently partnered on a survey to gauge the current environment for women entrepreneurs and small business owners including questions specifically targeted to women veterans and military veteran spouses The full survey summary results are available at www BPWFoundation org It s truly an honor for our association to provide these honorable hard working American heroes an opportunity to join the ranks of over 22 million self employed business owners nationwide said Katie Vlietstra NASE Director of Government Affairs Women veterans and military spouses who are starting their own small businesses are not just putting themselves to work but also helping to rebuild our economy from the ground up NASE members since 1981 have received day to day support including direct access to business skills education experts in tax marketing and more and consolidated buying power to purchase products and services at discounted rates that traditionally had been available only to large corporations Today the NASE represents hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and micro businesses and is the largest nonprofit nonpartisan association of its kind in the United States Women veterans represent an important and growing segment of the U S labor force said Deborah L Frett BPW Foundation CEO Since 1980 the population of women veterans has grown 65 to 1 8 million and by 2020 women veterans will comprise 10 of the nation s veterans Capitalizing on their military training and skills they are uniquely qualified to start their own businesses The important services NASE is offering will jumpstart and sustain their entrepreneurial efforts Joining Forces Mentoring Plus is a FREE High Tech High Touch national mentoring program using both one on one contact and a sophisticated on line platform of resources for women veterans and military and veteran spouses Joining Forces Mentoring Plus is based on a career development model intended for all ranks eras and skill levels Mentorships and resources extend beyond job attainment to support job retention and career advancement The underlying principle of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus is working women helping women work whereby working women share their experience and expertise to help veterans navigate and succeed in their personal development plan identifying career interests and goals exploring industry opportunities translating military experiences and training into civilian work skills advancing education networking preparing quality resumes and job search strategies and addressing those life challenges that get in the way of career access and success To learn more about BPW s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus or to sign up to take part in the program please visit www joiningforcesmentoringplus org 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

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/09/04/organizations-team-up-to-help-women-veterans-military-spouses-start-their-own-small-businesses (2016-02-14)
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  • National Association for the Self-Employed Releases Guide for MO Small Business Community on Impact of New Health Care System
    MO Small Business Community on Impact of New Health Care System WASHINGTON DC With enrollment in our nation s new health care system quickly approaching 533 228 small businesses across the state of Missouri are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year Today in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses released a key guide the Affordable Care Act in Brief to educate and help assist Missouri s small business community during this transition period While the new law may provide better and more comprehensive health coverage for many of Missouri s smallest businesses it will come at a significant cost said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs Over 530 000 million self employed and micro businesses throughout the state of Missouri are bracing for an increase in health care costs coming their way Our fear is that many of these small businesses will conduct a cost benefit analysis and decide to pay the penalty because the cost of coverage is just too expensive and they do not qualify for any premium assistance The Affordable Care Act in Brief highlights how the new health care law will impact 23 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide including the over 533 228 in Missouri It outlines the pros and cons of health care coverage small businesses must consider while underlining the lack of information in the public domain about the health care law the Exchanges and details of enrollment requirements MISSOURI SMALL BUSINESS FAST FACTS 295 523 self employed in Missouri in 2011 237 705 micro businesses in Missouri businesses with fewer than 10 employees in 2010 15 938 002 in annual revenue for self employed in 2011 7 053 640 in annual revenue for micro businesses in 2010 A keystone of the ACA is the requirement that new health marketplaces known as an Exchange be set up in every state to offer health coverage options to individuals families and small businesses to meet this new health coverage requirement The Exchanges will be offered and operated either by a state a partnership between the state and the Federal Government or just the Federal Government for those in states who have opted out and will default to the Federal Exchange Beginning on January 14 2014 Americans will be required to purchase health care coverage or pay a penalty Enrollment in the Exchanges will open on October 1 2013 In addition to the NASE s small business health resource center the government recently re launched a new website portal for the public to learn more about the new health care law and it s Exchanges www HealthCare gov latest information available from 2010 and 2011 provided by the U S Census Bureau Statistics on Nonemployer and U S Small Businesses The National Association for

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/26/national-association-for-the-self-employed-releases-guide-for-mo-small-business-community-on-impact-of-new-health-care-system (2016-02-14)
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  • Over 270,000 Nevada Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law
    New Health Care System WASHINGTON DC With enrollment in our nation s new health care system quickly approaching 270 831 small businesses across the state of Nevada are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year Today in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses released a key guide the Affordable Care Act in Brief to educate and help assist Nevada s small business community during this transition period While the new law may provide better and more comprehensive health coverage for many of Nevada s smallest businesses it will come at a significant cost said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs Over 270 000 self employed and micro businesses throughout the state of Nevada are bracing for an increase in health care costs coming their way Our fear is that many of these small businesses will conduct a cost benefit analysis and decide to pay the penalty because the cost of coverage is just too expensive and they do not qualify for any premium assistance The Affordable Care Act in Brief highlights how the new health care law will impact 23 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide including the 270 831 in Nevada It outlines the pros and cons of health care coverage small businesses must consider while underlining the lack of information in the public domain about the health care law the Exchanges and details of enrollment requirements NEVADA SMALL BUSINESS FAST FACTS 180 711 self employed in Nevada in 2011 131 216 in Las Vegas Paradise metro area 90 120 micro businesses in Nevada businesses with fewer than 10 employees in 2010 9 092 462 in annual revenue for self employed in 2011 3 579 925 in annual revenue for micro businesses in 2010 A keystone of the ACA is the requirement that new health marketplaces known as an Exchange be set up in every state to offer health coverage options to individuals families and small businesses to meet this new health coverage requirement The Exchanges will be offered and operated either by a state a partnership between the state and the Federal Government or just the Federal Government for those in states who have opted out and will default to the Federal Exchange Beginning on January 14 2014 Americans will be required to purchase health care coverage or pay a penalty Enrollment in the Exchanges will open on October 1 2013 In addition to the NASE s small business health resource center the government recently re launched a new website portal for the public to learn more about the new health care law and it s Exchanges www HealthCare gov latest information available from 2010 and 2011 provided by the U S Census Bureau Statistics on Nonemployer and U S Small Businesses The National Association for the

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/26/over-270-000-nevada-small-businesses-brace-for-new-health-care-reform-law (2016-02-14)
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  • Over 3.4M California Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law
    3 432 359 small businesses across the state of California are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year Today in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses released a key guide the Affordable Care Act in Brief to educate and help assist California s small business community during this transition period While the new law may provide better and more comprehensive health coverage for many of California s smallest businesses it will come at a significant cost said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs Over 3 4 million self employed and micro businesses throughout the state of California are bracing for an increase in health care costs coming their way Our fear is that many of these small businesses will conduct a cost benefit analysis and decide to pay the penalty because the cost of coverage is just too expensive and they do not qualify for any premium assistance The Affordable Care Act in Brief highlights how the new health care law will impact 23 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide including the 3 432 359 in California It outlines the pros and cons of health care coverage small businesses must consider while underlining the lack of information in the public domain about the health care law the Exchanges and details of enrollment requirements CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS FAST FACTS 2 887 014 self employed in California in 2011 1 171 850 in Los Angeles Long Beach Santa Ana metro area 146 282 in Sacramento Arden Arcade Roseville metro area 380 275 in San Francisco Oakland Fremont metro area 237 793 in San Diego Carlsbad San Marcos metro area 545 345 micro businesses in California businesses with fewer than 10 employees in 2010 62 994 430 in annual revenue for self employed in 2011 16 382 007 in annual revenue for micro businesses in 2010 A keystone of the ACA is the requirement that new health marketplaces known as an Exchange be set up in every state to offer health coverage options to individuals families and small businesses to meet this new health coverage requirement The Exchanges will be offered and operated either by a state a partnership between the state and the Federal Government or just the Federal Government for those in states who have opted out and will default to the Federal Exchange Beginning on January 14 2014 Americans will be required to purchase health care coverage or pay a penalty Enrollment in the Exchanges will open on October 1 2013 In addition to the NASE s small business health resource center the government recently re launched a new website portal for the public to learn more about the new health care law and it s Exchanges www HealthCare gov latest information available from 2010 and 2011 provided by

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/26/over-3.4m-california-small-businesses-brace-for-new-health-care-reform-law (2016-02-14)
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