NASE Statement on Small Business Administration Nominee

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NASE Statement on Small Business Administration Nominee

CONTACT:  Kristofer Eisenla, LUNA+EISENLA media | 202-670-5747 (mobile)

WASHINGTON, D.C.Katie Vlietstra, Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, today released the following statement with news that the Obama Administration will nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) today at a White House press conference.

“We are optimistic that with the announcement of Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the Small Business Administration, President Obama and his Administration will be focused on fostering and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of this country, including for the 23 million self-employed who are working tirelessly each an everyday to achieve the American Dream.

“The year ahead is full of critical challenges that the NASE is eager to work to address with the leadership of the SBA, ranging from the implementation of the new health care law to tax filing changes to the continued inequity in the tax code faced by the self-employed. Our community will need a strong and vocal advocate inside the Administration to ensure we have the tools and resources to be competitive not only locally, but also globally.

“We look forward to working with Administrator-designee Contreras-Sweet, the Administration and Congress to ensure our community continues to strengthen our economy.”

**Vlietstra will be attending today’s announcement at the White House.  For media interested in booking interviews with Vlietstra before or after the announcement, please contact Kristofer Eisenla at or at 202-670-5747**


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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