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Micro-Businesses Turn To Federal Outreach Programs

For Immediate Release: Contact:    Kristin Oberlander
(202) 466-2100
koberlander@NASEadmin.org
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Over 25% Of Entrepreneurs Utilize Services Offered By The Federal Government

Washington, D.C., February 18, 2009 – The self-employed are speaking out about their support for federal small business programs and hoping the Obama Administration is listening. In a recent online poll by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), an overwhelming majority of business owners (80%) want the new president to improve and expand existing federal small business programs.

Over one-quarter of entrepreneurs have utilized services offered by the federal government, despite the dwindling resources of many small business programs. For years, the NASE has been a supporter of federal outreach that consistently and effectively aids the self-employed and micro-businesses community. Funding for SBA programs, such as Women’s Business Centers and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), has faced drastic cutbacks over the past several years.

As indicated by the poll, the most popular programs offered by the federal government are the SBA Business Loans (Basic 7(a) loan, Micro-Loan, 504 loan), SBDCs, SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and Women’s Business Centers.

Methodology:
Posted in the members-only portal on the NASE Web site and advertised in the NASE’s eNewsletter, the survey was available for members to take in January 2009. About 200 NASE Members opted-in to the non-scientific survey and members were prohibited from taking it more than once.



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 Web site at www.NASE.org.