• Small Business Community’s Open Letter to the 115th Congress

    Jan 03, 2017

    As the 115th Congress convenes today, Katie Vlietstra, Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, published the below open letter calling for bipartisan support for the small business community to help strengthen the nation’s economic engine, by specifically addressing the areas of health care, regulatory evaluation and tax reform.

  • Starting Off Your New Year Right

    Dec 20, 2016

    As 2016 draws to a close and the New Year stretches out ahead with so much promise, many small business owners and self-employed people wonder, how can I make next year more successful than the last? Many of us have checklists and calendars we go through, there are past-year audits that are recommended, some even advocate a good old fashioned scrubbing and cleaning to promote clarity and a fresh start! While each of those methods have their merits, creating an actionable plan for success in the upcoming year can be a daunting task. As such, many people make it too large of an endeavor and don’t know where to begin. This year, I suggest you condense your end-of-year audit and future planning into one activity, borrowed from the Agile software development world, called a retrospective.

  • 3 Ways Text Messages Help Improve HR Communications

    Dec 20, 2016

    If you’re able to effectively communicate with your employees, you’ll be able to provide them important information when it’s necessary and you’ll have the opportunity to build a strong relationship with them.

  • Picture Yourself in the Spotlight

    Dec 20, 2016

    Do you want free publicity for your business? If you're an NASE Member, the NASE can help you promote your business! Simply fill out our "Get Publicity!" form here, and you and your business could be featured in an NASE publication, like our monthly member e-newsletter, SelfInformed.

  • VICTORY! President Obama Signs Into Law Legislation that Allows for HRAs

    Dec 20, 2016

    The language which was identical to previous legislation approved by the House of Representatives was inserted into the 21st Century Cares Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that funded important health programs and includes significant resources to the Beau Biden “moonshot” project- with a goal of curing cancer. The tack on of our legislation is a testament to the hard work done by the NASE, congressional champions and staff, and our coalition partners to emphasize how important HRAs are to the small business community.

  • What Can Entrepreneurs Expect from President-elect Trump’s Administration in 2017?

    Dec 18, 2016

    This was an uncertain year for small business owners, much of it centered around the presidential election. Since then, the NFIB Small Business Optimism is up and Donald Trump has nominated WWE co-founder Linda McMahon to be the new SBA chief. We talk to Dennis Bradford with the Trump/Pence Small Business Advisory Council and Katie Vlietstra with the National Association for the Self-Employed about the state of small business in 2017.

  • NASE Statement on Passage of 21st Century Cures Act

    Dec 15, 2016

    With the “21st Century Cures Act” signed into law, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, applauded the inclusion of a provision that allows small businesses with less than 50 employees to offer Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) without penalty.

  • National Association for the Self-Employed Statement on Small Business Administration Nominee

    Dec 07, 2016

    Katie Vlietstra, Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, today released the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Linda McMahon as Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA).