Self Made: NASE's Blog

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Posted by Mike Beene - Patent law is suddenly in the news. We all know that if you invent something you better protect it with a patent if you want to make money from your idea. And for the very small business, many of the inventions affected today are the very ones that allow competition with big corporations, such as methods of data processing and information gathering. Based upon questions I get, that is about the end of our collective knowledge. Let’s fix that now. Invention has been too important to our country, economy and lifestyle and it is crucial to ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Posted by Jaimie McFarlin - The June 16th hearing, “The Dodd-Frank Act: Impact on Small Business Lending,” was called by the House Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Capital Access and Tax. The hearing was sprinkled with mixed reviews of the Dodd-Frank Act, while highlighting the importance of considering its effects on small business during the rule-making process. The House Republicans have continued efforts to repeal or weaken this sweeping Wall Street reform bill moved by the Democratic Congress last year. The hearing was led by Chairman Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and called representatives from three financial institutions and William ...
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Posted by Sung Yoo - [Editor's note: Sung is one of the NASE's summer interns. Look out for more posts from Sung and his fellow intern, Jaimie McFarlin, this summer!] MP Mueller of The New York Times asks, "Should every business invest in Social Media?" She recalls seeing a poster for an off-site airport parking lot, enticing people to like the parking lot on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter, and watch it on YouTube. She expressed puzzlement at the value of advertising a parking lot through social networks, considering the difficulty of injecting pizzazz to such a mundane business. Case to point: ...
Monday, June 20, 2011
Q: What is the most effective means of introducing my staffing services to hospitals? How do I get the name of a direct contact person? A: The first step is for you to identify your targets. If you are going to market to hospitals in your immediate area create a database all the hospitals you want to market to, their physical addresses, main telephone number, and website address. Then, go on line and look at their job opportunities section. This should give you contact information for their HR manager. The next step would be to make contact with the HR ...
Friday, June 17, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson – Pat Bennett, owner of Wicked Coursing and an NASE Member from La Mesa, Calif., answered that question with “launch a new product.” Pat is the owner, and as she says on her website, “and designer, engineer, machinist, test dummy...,” of Wicked Coursing, a company that creates high-quality lure coursing equipment for pet owners. Pat applied for and was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in 2010. She used the grant funds to bring Wicked Coursing’s newest product, the entry-level ZippityDog, to market. A short time after putting the ZippityDog up for sale on her website with ...
Friday, June 10, 2011
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - A delay for legislation that would cap the amount banks can charge retailers per debit card transaction has failed in the Senate. Both Sens. John Tester (D-Mont.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) wish to delay the onset of the law until sufficient studies have been performed by the Federal Reserve to find out possible ramifications to banks. The measure originally passed as an amendment to the regulatory overhaul of 2010 and goes into effect in July. As part of the effort, the Fed suggested banks cap the limit that they are able to charge retailers to ...
Monday, June 06, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson - Summer has reached Washington, and you know that can only mean one thing - interns! The NASE's legislative office is getting ready to welcome our summer interns, as you may be in your business. Small Business Trends has tips on making sure you're making the most of your summer intern(s), while OPEN Forum helps you ensure that your internship program is legal.  And, with all the news about hacks and other security breaches in the news of late, take note of these tips to stay safe and guard your privacy online, on Facebook and from ...
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - Budget negotiations between House Democrats and Republicans have hit a deadlock as of this week, with the House voting down a proposal on Tuesday to raise the debt limit without offering any budget reduction measures. President Obama is scheduled to meet with House Republicans today to lay out his vision for an agreement and to meet with House Democrats tomorrow. For the past several days, Vice President Joe Biden has been working with congressional leaders to try to hammer out a budget deal acceptable to both parties and as a means to garner support to ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
By Kristie Arslan - Politicians on both sides of the aisle have been struggling to stimulate the economy and put a definitive end to the Great Recession. These efforts have included sector-specific bailouts, cash for clunkers and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which helped some notable companies and stimulated some industry sectors, but most of these efforts provided little benefit to the typical American business. Last week, the Obama administration recognized the contributions of this important business demographic with its National Small Business Week. It's worth challenging a few of the myths about the American small business ...
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson - This morning, NASE Executive Director Kristie Arslan testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship during their "progress report" hearing on the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Credit - Sylvia Johnson Photography In her testimony, Arslan stressed that more Americans would be on the unemployment rolls if they weren't creating jobs for themselves by being self-employed, and that the jobs created by self-employed businesses are just as valuable and essential to our economy as office or factory jobs. While lamenting that most legislation and public policy is geared toward corporate America, Arslan ...

 

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Katie Vlietstra - As Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs, I work to explain how actions on Capitol Hill can impact the self-employed. I love D.C. and have made my home in Capitol Hill, where I live with my husband and black Labrador, Coltrane. We love playing volleyball and softball on the National Mall. 

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