Self Made: NASE's Blog

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - The NASE joins the self-employed think tank, the Kauffman Foundation, in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week. According to Kauffman, it's the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Now in its fifth year, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to 130 countries—empowering nearly 20 million people through 125,000 activities over ...
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - The self-employed want Congress to take pains to protect the middle class from tax increases, according to a new study published by the 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 percent 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 ...
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - With the election behind us, the NASE is evaluating and analyzing the impact of the 2012 election on the self-employed agenda.  To that end, we invite you to participate in our “Post-Election Webinar” on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. (EST).  The NASE Advocacy team will provide an analysis on the election results, along with laying out the issues that congress must address in the lame duck session, and finally, the NASE’s advocacy agenda for 2013. The webinar will be facilitated by NASE’s Director of Government Affairs, Katie Vlietstra and will include a welcome ...
Friday, November 09, 2012
As residents of the Northeast began to get power back last week, most are still faced with difficult times ahead.  Communities will begin to rebuild as homeowners and businesses attempt to recover and get back to where they once were.  However, the damage in the wake of the storm has left many with an inability to act without assistance.  The Small Business Administration is helping to alleviate some of the hardships caused by the hurricane as noted on their website. The SBA is encouraging small businesses and nonprofit organizations to go to their website and apply for Economic Injury Disaster ...
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
In light of the election results, The NASE's President and CEO Kristie L. Arslan had the following comments: “President Obama won re-election last night; capturing all but two of the states he carried in 2008 and without a determination in Florida. The critical issues facing the country and America’s self-employed remain, tax reform being the utmost importance to ensuring continued economic recovery.  The 2012 election will be analyzed for many months; however, the real work begins today.  The NASE will aggressively champion the self-employed and work to address the continued tax inequities and ensure a level, competitive business environment that ...
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
President Obama won re-election last night, Democrats held the U.S. Senate, and the Republicans remain in control in the U.S. House of Representatives. For a full run down of races in your state, check out RCP Live Results Page.
Friday, November 02, 2012
Posted by Gene Fairbrother (NASE Lead Small Business Advisor)-  While few of us will ever experience the ravages of a disaster like Hurricane Sandy or Katrina, every day entrepreneurs’ lives are devastated by tragedies that don’t get national attention. In the every-day business world disasters come in all shapes and sizes like a home based consultant who looses their home to a fire or an ice storm in Massachusetts that takes out power for a week. The difference is that losing a home to fire or falling off a ladder and being laid up for two months doesn’t bring the ...
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Posted by Gene Fairbrother (NASE Lead Small Business Advisor) - When people think about retirement planning the first challenge they face is trying to understand all the government-eeze written in the Internal Revenue publications. Like a foreign language, all those rules and regulations don't make it easy for middle income America to take advantage of building for their retirement years. In reality, what most people need to understand are a few basics and leave the rest to the financial pros from Dover. There are two primary issues to consider in retirement plans with the first being what type of plan is ...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - Colleges and universities have been welcoming students back this fall in full force. Thirty-seven percent of self-employed families have a child that is working toward a degree this fall. The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) knows that financing one or more college educations can be tough for the small-business owner and conducted a poll to dig deeper into the impact. When parents were asked about how concerned they were about the debt taken on to cover education expenses, 71% were somewhat to very concerned. Forty-two percent of parents were somewhat optimistic about post-graduation career prospects; ...
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The NASE was recently featured in the news regarding Women's Small Business Month. Read more here.


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Self Made

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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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