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Grant Program Awards Over $80,000 to NASE Members In 2010

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17 Micro-Business Owners Receive Grants

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2011 – The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) awarded $84,483 in business grants to its members in 2010. Seventeen NASE Members, ranging from a photography studio to a financial education firm, received a grant from the association.

With the Business Development Grant program, NASE Members can apply for up to $5,000 for a specific business need such as the purchase of new equipment or software, or the funding of advertising, marketing materials and training. Since the program began in 2006, the association has awarded over $525,000 to member businesses.

The NASE Business Development Grant Program offers access to capital for micro-business owners who have a specific business need – but lack the finances to carry out that goal. The program was designed after an online NASE Member poll found that a majority of micro-business owners (57 percent) initially fund their businesses using personal savings, and many (40 percent) continue to use personal savings for ongoing financing.

“These grants are our way of providing a little stimulus to our micro-business members,” said Robert Hughes, president of the NASE. “They’re staying positive and staying focused. They’re exhibiting the best of the entrepreneurial spirit. And we’re pleased that the NASE grants can contribute even a small part to their ongoing success.”

The following NASE Members received grants in 2010:

Pat Bennett of Wicked Coursing in La Mesa, Calif.
Bernard Bonin of Bernie’s Italian Ice in South Hadley, Mass.
Latifa Bradwell of Epartykits.com in Detroit, Mich.
Ilana Diallo of Hand In Hand Financial in Charlotte, N.C.
Edward Frye of Frye Brothers Plumbing Inc. in Finleyville, Pa.
Ronald Gregory of G2 Media in Rockville, Md.
Edward Guerentz of Specialty Home Improvement in Cary, Ill.
Todd Gustafson of ComputerSolutions, LLC in Rockland, Maine
Tracey Ingram of the Institute of Accent Modification in Chicago, Ill.
Diana McCaslin of MedLinks Transcription, Inc. in Jackson, Tenn.
Vicki Meyerhoff Smith of Bigfork Bigphoto in Bigfork, Mont.
Karen Moloney Delpha of KMD Billing in Norristown, Pa.
Nicole Pulley of Interior Affairs in San Antonio, Texas
Andrea Robertson of Fight Call, LLC in Phoenix, Ariz.
Michael Wolniewicz of MW Furniture Design in Chester Gap, Va.
Sheila Wyne of Sheila Wyne Studios in Anchorage, Alaska
Jeffrey Wynn and Linda Condy of Condy and Wynn Woodworking and Furniture Design in Spring City, Pa.


Learn about past grant recipients from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

To learn more about the NASE Business Development Grant program, click here. Benefit availability dependent upon membership level.

 



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.