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Entrepreneurs create new jobs and form the backbone of our economy

Small-business owners provide the majority of jobs in the U.S., yet their needs and their impact are often overlooked. Since 1981, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) has supported independent business owners and advocated on behalf of the micro-business community. Thanks to the NASE, entrepreneurs are not alone. But starting one’s own business can be daunting, with many bumps along the way. From business management skills to filing taxes, to raising capital or securing health coverage, the self-employed need support.

NASE Foundation Supports Entrepreneurs

Scholarships, Awards and Grants

  • Future Entrepreneur Award: college scholarship of up to $24,000 awarded to promising young buiness owners
  • Achievement Award: prize to an outstanding entrepreneur
  • Succeed Scholarships®: scholarships for business education and training
  • Growth Grants®: funding for business investment

Business Skills Education

  • Seminars and webinars on topics that help entrepreneurs grow and manage their business

Micro-Business Research

  • Educating policymakers and media on the self-employed

Cycle Enthusiast Receives NASE College Scholarship of $20,000

Friday, September 07, 2012
For Immediate Release: Contact:  Molly Nelson
(202) 466-2100

Warren, Ore., Student Founded Bicycle Cover Startup

Washington, D.C., September 7, 2012 – Abigail Dahl of Warren, Ore., comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Following in their footsteps, Abigail launched her business, Cycle-Jacket, this year as a freshman in college. Dahl’s drive to start and grow a business while pursuing higher education led to her selection as the National Association for the Self-Employed’s Future Entrepreneur for 2012.

As the NASE Future Entrepreneur, Dahl receives a college scholarship of $20,000. She receives $12,000 this year with a promise of $4,000 more for each of her junior and senior years as long as she maintains a high academic performance.

This fall, Dahl will be entering her sophomore year at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where she is majoring in business entrepreneurship. She graduated from St. Helens High School with a 3.7 grade point average.

“Abigail represents the entrepreneurial drive of students across the country,” says NASE President Kristie L. Arslan. “The NASE is proud to help Abigail continue her college education, and we look forward to helping her grow her business.”

The NASE Future Entrepreneur Scholarship is the largest scholarship of its kind in the U.S. It is the flagship award of the NASE Scholarship Program, which has awarded over $1.9 million since its inception in 1989. In 2012, 12 students across the country received $4,000 scholarships for academic excellence.

For more information regarding the NASE Scholarship Program or Dahl, contact Molly Nelson at High resolution photographs available. 

About the NASE
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 is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association's website at

How can you help?

  • Sponsor a scholarship that gives young entrepreneurs a leg up on higher education costs so they don’t have to give up on either their business or college dreams.
  • Recognize a business owner poised for success with a grant or financial award that allows them to make investments needed for growth.
  • Support webinars that provide a budding entrepeneur with the business know-how needed to succeed during the first three years of their start-up (the most crucial stage for success).
  • Partner with the NASE to help Americans understand the tremendous financial impact that one-to-two person businesses have on the economy.