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An NASE blog on the self-employed and micro-business

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Posted by Katie Vlietstra-- Nearly one year after Karen Mills announced her resignation as head of the Small Business Administration, President Obama announced the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the organization pending Senate confirmation. Maria Contreras-Sweet, herself previously a small business owner, comes to the position with significant private and public sector experience that will no doubt be significantly important to her as she works to quickly move on key areas of concerns for the small business community, including the continued implementation and impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses, access to capital, and continued regulatory burdens ...
Friday, January 10, 2014
Another holiday season has come and gone and hopefully all of your best wishes came true.  Most of us are now focused on the New Year with high expectations and new commitments for success.  And in many cases that includes those high minded New Year’s resolutions that probably include losing a few pounds or maybe just striving to get in shape.  Committing to better health is a great way to start the year whether that includes a better diet, a daily walk or short jog, or maybe even just one less dessert each week.  The key is to just pick ...
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Posted by Katie Vlietstra Individuals and families will see a little less in their paychecks starting January 1, 2014- wage earners and self-employed individuals who make more than $200,000 (individual) and $250,000 (couple) will be assessed an additional .9% Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1.45% Medicare payroll tax as well as a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income (investment dividends, rental income, interest and capital gains on property). Individual and families falling below the $200,000 will experience new restrictions on medical expense deductions and flexible spending accounts, including penalties for spending money on non-qualified medical expenses (simple human ...
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Guest Blog by Ben Seidel As you may have noticed, Facebook rolled out their star rating system onto business pages last month. In reality, the star rating system has been in place on Facebook's mobile app for places for quite some time. However, November is when they officially rolled it out for business pages on the standard browser version of Facebook. The Good and Bad The placement of the star ratings on the Facebook page could not be more visible. If you have ratings, the page will aggregate this data into the 5 star rating graphic and display it directly ...
Monday, November 04, 2013
Earlier this week, the NASE submitted a statement for the record to the House Ways and Means Committee in response to the committee’s hearing on the status of the ACA enrollment.  In the NASE statement, we expressed our concerns that leading up to the October 1st launch, the administration was not providing sufficient details and answers regarding the Exchange Marketplace.  With the lackluster launch, we are now asking congress to eliminate the open enrollment deadlines for the 2014 calendar year and to delay the individual mandate penalty for one tax-filing year. By pushing back the deadline, congress would give you, the ...
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
As many of you already know, starting at the beginning of the month, the Government shut down for 16 days.  Standard & Poor estimates that the shutdown cost the U.S. economy $24 billion during that span.  While many government employees were directly affected, they were not the only ones.  Many small businesses felt the effects of the shutdown in every corner of the country. Of the many government contractors, many are self-employed and felt the full force of the shutdown as there contracts (paychecks) were frozen.  Additionally, those self-employed small businesses that were in the process of getting an SBA ...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Last week, we released an infographic to increase awareness about the upcoming changes to Health Care and how it relates to the twenty three million self-employed in this country.  Next week, on October 1st, national and state health care Exchanges will begin open enrollment.  Currently, the federal government has provided limited details and incomplete information which makes it difficult to plan and make decisions regarding your health care in the future. We provided this press release to spread the information that we have compiled and to help get you the tools you need to make decisions.  Be sure you check ...
Monday, September 23, 2013
Earlier this year, we here at the NASE announced a partnership with the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) and Fundable to launch a crowdfunding contest.  The contest was a great success for many small businesses and the winner that emerged was The Cookie Bar from Las Vegas, Nevada. To win the contest, participants had to be the first one to reach their goal.  The Cookie Bar set a goal to raise $10,000 and at the time of writing this, they have raised over $11,000. Not only will they receive the money they raised but for winning the contest, the ...
Monday, July 15, 2013
(Posted By: Javan Porter) The SBA’s Office of Advocacy annually publishes a report that tracks lending to small businesses. The report shows how small businesses are financed, or in the worst case, denied the financing they need. This could be the banking industry’s worst nightmare. Small businesses are too important to the economy to be heckled by lenders. This analysis provides the critical answers on how much they are heckled and why. The 2012 report revealed that small business loans are declining as business loans in general are increasing. This is a testament of the current lending environment and a ...
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Joe Pielago of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. received the NASE Future Entrepreneur award in 2009. After four years at the University of San Francisco, he recently graduated with a BS in Business Administration. Read on to join us in catching up with Joe. NASE: Four years goes by quickly! Tell us about your college experience. Joe: My time at USF has been spent in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program, and in the best city ever. As a student I held multiple jobs including coaching a club swim team, bartending, lifeguarding, as well as marketing internships, brand building, and of course ...

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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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