National Association Awards $16K in Growth Grants to Support the Small Business Community During New Phase of COVID

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National Association Awards $16K in Growth Grants to Support the Small Business Community During New Phase of COVID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 13, 2022
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National Association for the Self-Employed Provides Financial Support to Ohio, Vermont, Oregon, & New Jersey Small Businesses During their Ongoing Recovery and Growth

DALLAS, TX – As the small business community continues to recover from the COVID pandemic, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, announced today $16,000 in Growth Grants to four local small businesses for the fourth quarter of 2021.  Today’s announcement also includes a partnership with DELL Small Business who generously has sponsored $4,000 for one of the Growth Grant awards.

In 2021, NASE awarded $60,000 in total grants to fifteen small businesses to support their growth and expansion of business operations and help support their emergence from the COVID pandemic.  This year, the NASE plans to increase its awards even more.

“Our nation’s small business community, including self-employed and micro-businesses, helps fuel the American economic engine.  They represent the true entrepreneurship spirit of America with their resilience and determination to recover from a devastating pandemic that deeply impacts our community. We are proud to help them in their recovery, and do our part to support the American small business community,” said John Hearrell, Vice President of Membership and Affiliate Programs.  “From each side of Main Street to every corner of America, small businesses are delivering unique goods and services to their customers. Since 1989, our mission is built on the cornerstone of supporting these businesses to grow and thrive.  It’s an honor to make an investment of $4,000 in each of these Growth Grant recipients, bringing our total grant awards to date to over $1,000,000 since the program’s inception.”

The recipients of the fourth quarter 2021 NASE Growth Grants are:

  • Integrity Bookkeeping, Payroll, located in Stryker, Ohio owned by NASE member Kathy Ingram, was awarded a fourth quarter Growth Grant in 2021. Integrity Bookkeeping was established in the city of Columbus, Ohio with the core mission of providing transparent, ethical bookkeeping services to members of the Columbus Community surrounding areas. The company has expanded to also service the areas of Medina and Stryker Ohio.
  • Fat Sheep Farm & Cabins, located in Hartland, Vermont, owned by NASE member Todd Heyman, was awarded a fourth quarter Growth Grant in 2021. Fat Sheep Farm & Cabins is a sustainable farm where guests and visitors can stay and enjoy a wide variety of activities. From nature to animals to fresh food, there is plenty to see and do.    
  • Li’l Talkers Speech Therapy, located in Hermiston, Oregon, owned by NASE member Roxana Lieberg Jordheim, was awarded a fourth quarter Growth Grant in 2021. Roxana is a licensed speech language pathologist with 20 years of experience and through Li’l Talkers Speech Therapy offers articulation, social skills and language development to young children.    


The following 2021 Growth Grant was sponsored by DELL Small Business.

  • Marchese Family Farm, LLC, located in Hopewell, New Jersey, owned by NASE member Andrew Marchese, was awarded a fourth quarter Growth Grant in 2021. Marchese Family Farms LLC is a family farm dedicated to growing the healthiest food possible for their local community using sustainable regenerative farming practices beyond their USDA Organic certification.  

For nearly 20 years, NASE’s focus has been on finding the most effective way to bolster success for small business and self-employed members in communities across the country.  NASE has awarded over $1,000,000 since the program’s inception and continue to see significant return on our investments in the growth of member-businesses helping to fuel their local economies.

NASE’s Growth Grant program is intended for businesses planning to take the next step in their venture.  It provides available capital for small businesses and sole proprietors to be able to hire and train additional employees, market their business in new and existing ways or invest in new equipment or software.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year and winning small businesses will be awarded $4,000 grants each quarter throughout 2021.  Visit the Growth Grant page for more information.

NASE members also enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business.  A complete listing of benefits available to NASE members is available, here.  NASE members are offered a host of resources designed to help support entrepreneurs and small employers including access to professional “Ask the Experts” services in tax, health care and marketing, a navigational assistant health care portal, scholarships and grants, discounts on shipping rates and office supplies, and affordable email marketing systems and webhosting services. NASE’s newest member benefits continue the tradition of providing real-world, bottom-line assistance to small business owners.  To become a member of NASE, apply online here.


The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, offering 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 NextBizThing helps identify and connect our nation’s smallest businesses. Need small business help? Check out NASE’s Ask the Experts for advice or the NASE Minute for small business support.

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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