Grant Program Awards More Than $50,000 to NASE Members in 2012


Grant Program Awards More Than $50,000 to NASE Members in 2012

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11 Micro-Business Owners Receive Grants

Washington, D.C., February 4, 2013
– The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) Awarded $54,796 in business grants to its members in 2012. Eleven NASE Members, including an apiary and a public relations firm, received a grant from the association.

Through the Growth Grants® program, NASE Members can apply for up to $5,000 to meet a specific business need such as the purchase of new equipment or software, or the funding of advertising, marketing materials or training. Since the program began in 2006, the association has awarded more than $650,000 to member businesses.

The NASE Growth Grants® 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.

“It’s clear that access to capital is an issue for many small-business owners,” said Kristie L. Arslan, NASE President. “Whether our members are starting or growing their businesses, we’re proud to be a part of their success through the Growth Grant® program.”

The following NASE Members received grants in 2012:

Leslie Cook of Expressly Leslie Vegetarian Specialties in Algonquin, Ill.

Susan Fortner of Bowers PR in New Albany, Ohio
Hillary Hale of Snowden Home School Tutoring Program in Southaven, Miss.
Justin and Martha Keane of Dogwood Bee Farm in Mulino, Ore.

Chris Lashua of Wheelwork Arts, LLC in Las Vegas, Nev.
Stephanie Morris of Desert Sage Agility in Bend, Ore.

Edward Renz of Bay Arts Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Camisha Scott of It’s His Business in DeSoto, Texas

Simon Senzon of Senzon Learning, Inc. in Asheville, N.C.
Samantha Weitzel of Twisted Coffee in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Rebecca Yuncker of Crest Resort in Houghton Lake, Mich.


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 Small Business Locator helps identify and connect our nation’s smallest businesses. 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

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