National Association Awards $28K in Growth Grants to Support America’s Record-Shattering Growth in the Small Business Community

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National Association Awards $28K in Growth Grants to Support America’s Record-Shattering Growth in the Small Business Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2023
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National Association for the Self-Employed, in Collaboration with AARP, DELL Small Business, and Payanywhere, Provides Financial Grants to Support Small Businesses in California, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Ohio

DALLAS, TX – As our nation’s small business community continues its record-breaking surge with more American’s choosing to open their own small business than ever before, 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 $28,000 in Growth Grants to seven local small businesses for the second quarter of 2023.  Today’s announcement also includes three Growth Grant awards sponsored by AARP, one by DELL Small Business, and one by Payanywhere.

“Our nation’s small business community, including self-employed and micro-businesses, are the essential fuel for America’s economic engine.  Over the course of the last few years, the American small business community has experienced a surge of new small businesses opening and expanding.  These new entrepreneurs represent the true spirit of America’s resilience and determination. We are proud to do our part in supporting our community’s  expansion and growth,” said John Hearrell, NASE 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 succeed. With support from AARP, DELL Small Business, and Payanywhere, it’s an honor to make an investment of $4,000 in each of these Growth Grant recipients, bringing our total grant awards to over $1 million since the program’s inception.”

Last year, NASE awarded $88,000 in total grants to 22 small businesses to support their growth and expansion of business operations while also helping them emerge from the COVID pandemic.  In 2023, the NASE has increased its awards even more.

The recipients of the second quarter 2023 NASE Growth Grants are:

  • The River Farm, located in Bluffton, IN, owned by NASE member Caleb Feichter, was awarded a second quarter Growth Grant in 2023. The River Farm is a diversified, family farm in Wells County, Indiana utilizing biological, organic & regenerative principles.
  • Forensic Psychology, located in Baton Rouge, LA, owned by NASE member Dr. Laura Brown, was awarded a second quarter Growth Grant in 2023. Dr. Brown is an experienced psychologist specializing in clinical and forensic assessment. She works with courts and attorneys in cases that involve questions about abnormal behavior and mental disorders.

The following Growth Grants are sponsored by AARP.

  • Freight Dynamics, located in Chicago Ridge, IL, owned by NASE member Pat Sterling, was awarded a second quarter Growth Grant in 2023. Freight Dynamics provides freight brokerage services to customers within and around Illinois.
  • Spice Rack Trading Company, located in Durham, NC, owned by NASE member Jamaal Fuller, was awarded a second quarter Growth Grant in 2023. Spice Rack Trading Company offers an eclectic mix of rubs and seasonings from various cultures to create imaginative dishes on your stove, grill, smoker or oven. 
  • Kyma labs, located in Riverside, CA, owned by NASE member Markita Rogers, was awarded a second quarter Growth Grant in 2023. Kyma labs is a boutique cosmetic manufacturing company based in the heart of California, specializing in high-quality formulations, contract manufacturing, and private label solutions.

The following Growth Grant is sponsored by DELL Small Business.

  • Log Cabin Laundry, located in Toledo, OH, owned by NASE member Katie Williamson, was awarded a second quarter Growth Grant in 2023. Log Cabin Laundry offers coin laundry, dry cleaning, full-service wash, dry & fold as well as delivery options and more.

The following Growth Grant is sponsored by Payanywhere.

  • The Oven Pizzeria, located in Seaside, CA, owned by NASE member David Rodriguez, was awarded a second quarter Growth Grant in 2023. Using quality fresh ingredients, The Oven Pizzeria continues a tradition of handmade New York style pizza with a signature San Francisco sourdough.

For the last 40 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’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 2023.  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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