NASE News

Women Business Owners Want Individual Tax Reform

Prior to the November 2014 mid-term elections, we here at the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) launched a survey and it showed that women entrepreneurs are engaged and looking for candidates who support the small business community.

The survey of the opportunities and challenges faced by women entrepreneurs found that only 3% of the women surveyed indicated they would not be voting in this upcoming midterm election. Furthermore, over 83% of those surveyed cite it is either “very important” or “somewhat important” that candidates running for office and/or elected officials have a stated “pro-business” agenda.

Additional highlights of the NASE women entrepreneurs’ survey released includes:

Less than 10% of the women we surveyed secured any type of loan to start their business.

Over 80% of the respondents said it was either “very important” or “somewhat important” for Congress to address individual tax reform in 2015.

Over 80% of respondents used personal funds to start their business.

Nearly 80% provide some level of health care coverage to their employees (or themselves).

Their #1 concern is finding ways to market and grow their business (58%), followed by the cost of health care (38%).

Even with the myriad of issues facing small business owners, women entrepreneurs cite a high-level of satisfaction and happiness with starting their own business. In fact, over 85% of those women we surveyed said they were satisfied with their life as a small business owner. The NASE looks forward to continuing our advocacy on behalf of women and their businesses to grow and support this $3 billion economic force.

We are committed to helping give women entrepreneurs the tools they need to start, save and grow their small businesses.


Katie Vlietstra is NASE’s Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs