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  • Finalists Announced in National Small Business Crowdfunding Contest
    goal through the Fundable platform The first company to reach their goal will receive an additional 10 000 in funds from the contest sponsors to support the growth of their small business The contest will begin on Wednesday August 21 2013 and continue through September 20 2013 The contest sponsors jointly stated We are thrilled to offer this opportunity for these finalist businesses to raise capital through crowdfunding while providing additional cash prize of 10 000 to the business that reaches their fundraising goal first Crowdfunding is not only a creative but also a practical way for a small business to grow Crowdfunding unlocks new streams of capital and allows determined small business owners the opportunity to live their entrepreneurial dreams said Karen Kerrigan of SBE Council Katie Vlietstra of NASE and Eric Corsi of Fundable Meet the Crowdfunding Finalists The Cookie Bar The Cookie Bar Las Vegas NV specializes in alcohol infused and non alcoholic cookies and treats The funds will go to obtaining a small storefront Christy Lane Enterprises Christy Lane Enterprises Palm Springs CA mission is to promote wellness and fitness through dance with an emphasis on decreasing child obesity The funds would be used to expand the school Dare to Dance Program including the community spirit Dare to Dance Fest event Ella Grace Designs An online boutique in Wolfeboro NH specializing in handcrafted 100 cotton accessories in vibrant sophisticated colors and patterns Funds raised would be used to grow their inventory in order to sell in boutiques and department stores Faithful Athletics Faithful Athletics Altamonte Springs FL focuses on the untapped market of athletic wear and accessories that target those of faith Funds will be used to purchase inventory to start selling their branded products to the marketplace Global Cancer Diagnostics Global Cancer Diagnostics Inc Tempe AZ is a medical laboratory established to confidentially diagnose lung cancer at its earliest stages with their new test Funds will go to lab supplies marketing and public relations with Veterans groups concerning smoking cessation Indy Nut House Indy Nut House Indianapolis IN is the fresh rehab experience offering materials tools and inspiration to assist homeowners rehabbers and renters in the process of renovating homes to enhance each neighborhood in its revitalization efforts Nuts blends the quality and selection of big box stores with value and product mix based on rehabbers needs Kasten Automotive Funds will be used to establish Kasten Automotive in Perryville MO a transmission repair shop in a rural area that currently is underserved and establish an auto tech class through the local career center LocalLux LocalLux Chicago IL is a hyper local subscription marketplace for micro small businesses We offer Experience Kits tailored towards the everyday savvy shopper who wants to save time and money Funds would be used for web and mobile development marketing branding and operations Taggabox An Atlanta GA based eco friendly rental moving box company Taggabox provides green plastic boxes for your office commercial business college and residential move Funds would be

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/22/finalists-announced-in-national-small-business-crowdfunding-contest (2016-02-14)
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  • Over 480,000 Arizona Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law
    Arizona 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 Arizona s small business community during this transition period While the new law may provide better and more comprehensive health coverage for many of Arizona s smallest businesses it will come at a significant cost said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs Over 480 000 self employed and micro businesses throughout the state of Arizona 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 22 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide including the over 480 000 in Arizona 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 ARIZONA SMALL BUSINESS FAST FACTS 408 950 self employed in Arizona in 2011 279 063 in Phoenix Mesa Scottsdale 60 533 in Tucson 78 043 micro businesses in Arizona businesses with fewer than 10 employees in 2010 12 985 200 in annual revenue for self employed in 2011 7 096 141 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 Self Employed NASE is the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses bringing a broad range of benefits to

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/20/over-480-000-arizona-small-businesses-brace-for-new-health-care-reform-law (2016-02-14)
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  • Over 940,000 Pennsylvania Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law
    System WASHINGTON DC With enrollment in our nation s new health care system quickly approaching 945 103 small businesses across the state of Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania s small business community during this transition period While the new law may provide better and more comprehensive health coverage for many of Pennsylvania s smallest businesses it will come at a significant cost said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs Over 940 000 self employed and micro businesses throughout the state of Pennsylvania 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 22 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide including the over 940 000 in Pennsylvania 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 PENNSYLVANIA SMALL BUSINESS FAST FACTS 772 193 self employed in Pennsylvania in 2011 77 156 in Philadelphia 135 934 in Pittsburgh 32 208 in Harrisburg Carlisle 172 910 micro businesses in Pennsylvania businesses with fewer than 10 employees in 2010 35 687 522 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 the U S Census Bureau Statistics on Nonemployer and U S Small Businesses The National

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/20/over-940-000-pennsylvania-small-businesses-brace-for-new-health-care-reform-law (2016-02-14)
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  • The New York Times Uncovers One Year Delay of Consumer Protections in New Health Care Reform Law
    13 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Brad Luna Luna Eisenla Media brad lunamediagroup com 202 812 8140 cell The New York Times Uncovers One Year Delay of Consumer Protections in New Health Care Reform Law Little Noticed Ruling to Delay Out of Pocket Protections for a Year America s Small Businesses Hampered by Incomplete Information WASHINGTON DC With less than six weeks to go before the October 1 st open enrollment period begins for the new Affordable Care Act implementation today The New York Times uncovered a little noticed ruling that delays until 2015 a significant consumer protection in the law that limits how much people may have to spend on their own health care Katie Vlietstra Director of Government Affairs for The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading resource and advocate for the self employed and micro businesses calls the latest discovery further evidence of a process that has been mired with incomplete and lacking information on the impact this law will have on America s self employed and micro business community Today s The New York Times story A Limit on Consumer Costs is Delayed in Health Care Law writes that federal officials have granted a one year grace period to some insurers allowing them to set higher limits or no limit at all on some costs in 2014 The story goes on to state that the delay was obscured in a maze of legal and bureaucratic language that went largely unnoticed Unfortunately six weeks before America s 23 million self employed businesses are set to see their health care costs rise significantly another major detail affecting the out of pocket expenses they ll incur is uncovered said Vlietstra Throughout this entire process small business owners particularly the self employed and those with less than ten employees have received incomplete information at best about how this new health care reform law will impact them overall Small businesses need adequate time to review these important details to budget accordingly The NASE recently released the Affordable Care Act in Brief highlighting the impact of the new law on America s smallest businesses 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 In addition the NASE submitted a letter signed by them and other small business groups to the U S House of Representatives supporting a delay in the individual mandate penalty due to the lack of information and understanding of many of the new law s requirements such as the delay in consumer protections for out of pocket expenses uncovered today 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

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/13/the-new-york-times-uncovers-one-year-delay-of-consumer-protections-in-new-health-care-reform-law (2016-02-14)
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  • Over 2 Million Texas Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law
    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 Texas small business community during this transition period In addition small businesses will gain a new streamlined home office tax deduction in the 2013 tax filing season While the new law may provide better and more comprehensive health coverage for many of Texas smallest businesses it will come at a significant cost said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs Over 2 million self employed and micro businesses throughout the state of Texas 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 22 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide including the over 2 million in Texas 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 TEXAS SMALL BUSINESS FAST FACTS 1 975 620 self employed in Texas in 2011 146 324 Austin metro area 536 196 Dallas Forth Worth Arlington metro area 503 182 Houston Sugar Land Baytown metro area 297 888 micro businesses in Texas businesses with fewer than 10 employees in 2010 91 057 480 in annual revenue for the self employed in 2011 31 945 736 in annual revenue for micro business 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 Thousands of small business owners that work from home across Texas will benefit from a new streamlined tax deduction option when they file their 2013 taxes said Keith Hall NASE National Tax Advisor The previous calculation for the deduction was cumbersome and time consuming and year

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/12/over-2-million-texas-small-businesses-brace-for-new-health-care-reform-law (2016-02-14)
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  • Over 800,000 Michigan Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law
    Reform Law Monday August 12 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Brad Luna Luna Eisenla Media brad lunamediagroup com 202 812 8140 mobile Over 800 000 Michigan Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law National Association for the Self Employed Releases Guide for Michigan Small Business Community on Impact of New Health Care System WASHINGTON DC With enrollment in our nation s new health care system quickly approaching 800 564 small businesses across the state of Michigan 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 Michigan s small business community during this transition period While the new law may provide better and more comprehensive health coverage for many of Michigan s smallest businesses it will come at a significant cost said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs Over 800 000 self employed and micro businesses throughout the state of Michigan 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 22 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide including the over 800 000 in Michigan 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 MICHIGAN SMALL BUSINESS FAST FACTS 667 228 self employed in Michigan in 2011 133 336 micro businesses in Michigan businesses with fewer than 10 employees in 2010 26 836 901 in annual revenue for the self employed in 2011 12 632 624 in annual revenue for micro business 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

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/12/over-800-000-michigan-small-businesses-brace-for-new-health-care-reform-law (2016-02-14)
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  • Over 140,000 New Mexico Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law & Home Office Deduction
    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 New Mexico s small business community during this transition period In addition small businesses will gain a new streamlined home office tax deduction in the 2013 tax filing season While the new law may provide better and more comprehensive health coverage for many of New Mexico s smallest businesses it will come at a significant cost said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs Over 140 000 self employed and micro businesses throughout the state of New Mexico 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 22 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide including the over 140 000 in New Mexico 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 NEW MEXICO SMALL BUSINESS FAST FACTS 121 017 self employed in New Mexico in 2011 25 945 micro businesses in New Mexico businesses with fewer than 10 employees in 2010 4 586 327 in annual revenue for self employed in 2011 2 201 326 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 Thousands of small business owners that work from home across New Mexico will benefit from a new streamlined tax deduction option when they file their 2013 taxes said Keith Hall NASE National Tax Advisor The previous calculation for the deduction was cumbersome and time consuming and year after year

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/06/over-140-000-new-mexico-small-businesses-brace-for-new-health-care-reform-law-home-office-deduction (2016-02-14)
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  • New Health Care Reform Law Hurts Small Businesses
    DC As the House Committee on Ways and Means holds a hearing on the status of the Affordable Care Act ACA implementation Katie Vlietstra Director of Government Affairs for The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading resource and advocate for the self employed and micro businesses today offered the following comments As the largest segment of the small business community America s self employed will see their health care costs rise significantly when our nation s new health care system launches This in turn will have both an immediate and negative impact upon 22 million self employed Americans their families and their businesses Small businesses are the backbone of our national economy and shouldering them with burdensome costs will also have a ripple effect throughout our overall economy Throughout this process we continue to receive little or incomplete information about how the Exchanges will operate its requirements and actual costs of health care coverage Small businesses need adequate time to review these important details to budget accordingly Furthermore the Administration s decision to delay the employer mandate requirement for one year simply illustrates the inequity faced by America s 22 million self employed and micro businesses The NASE recently released the Affordable Care Act in Brief highlighting the impact of the new law on America s smallest businesses 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 In addition the NASE submitted a letter signed by them and other small business groups to the U S House of Representatives supporting a delay in the individual mandate penalty The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/08/01/new-health-care-reform-law-hurts-small-businesses (2016-02-14)
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