Press Releases

NASE Opposes Senate Health Reform Bill

Health reform legislation continues to inch toward passage as the Senate works to get home for the holidays. Unfortunately, they have missed one key segment of the population in the crafting of this bill – the self-employed.

Dec 22, 2009

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Health Reform Update: Senate Debates Cost-Saver For Self-Employed

Democratic Senators Mary Landrieu (La.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Evan Bayh (Ind.) and Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) have introduced Tax Equity for the Self-Employed amendment (S. AMDT # 3013), which would allow sole proprietors to deduct as a business expense 50% of their health premium costs. This amendment is under consideration by the Senate for inclusion in the health reform package.

Dec 15, 2009

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NASE National Tax Advisor To Congress: Support Extending Tax Incentives For Small Biz

When appearing before Congress, NASE National Tax Advisor and Certified Public Accountant, Keith Hall, has one piece of advice for lawmakers – in order to continue growing and creating jobs, small businesses need to be able to count on a number of tax incentives

Dec 11, 2009

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Micro-Businesses Attend Kickoff Of “White House To Main Street” Series

Dale Schaffer of Bethlehem, Pa. is the co-owner of Elysian Fields Specialty Florals. He was part of a group of NASE members that were invited by the Obama Administration to attend the event at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Allentown. Here's what he had to say...

Dec 09, 2009

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NASE Supports Activities, Goals of Global Entrepreneurship Week

Young people in 85 countries had the opportunity to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators this month through Global Entrepreneurship Week. Organizers aimed to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, and to allow them to join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things.

Nov 23, 2009

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Health Reform: More Of The Same From House Lawmakers

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) was dismayed to see that lawmakers have once again failed to include provisions that will make a noticeable difference in the bottom line of the nation’s millions of self-employed business owners.

Nov 10, 2009

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Consumer Protection Legislation Clears First Hurdle

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009 (H.R. 3126), which includes the creation of a new federal agency central to President Obama’s financial regulatory reform initiative, was approved by the House Financial Services Committee recently.

Oct 24, 2009

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“Mr. President, The Self-Employed Need Your Help,” Says NASE

During a meeting with President Obama, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) made sure to mention that micro-businesses are still facing difficulties getting access to credit and financing and that health costs are crippling the backbone of the American economy – the self-employed.

Oct 22, 2009

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Senate Introduces Home Office Deduction Bill

The majority of micro-businesses are operated out of a home office, yet the home office deduction has become wrapped in enough regulatory red tape to turn those business owners away from the tax benefit. New legislation could help home-based businesses save nearly $1,500 on their taxes next year.

Oct 09, 2009

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NASE Members Receive $20,000 In Business Development Grants

Micro-business owners received a financial boost to their business in the third quarter, thanks to the National Association for the Self-Employed’s Business Development Grant Program. These NASE Members, with businesses as varied as a communications firm and a recycling service, were awarded a total of $20,000 for their businesses.

Oct 01, 2009

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Allowing Tax Incentives To Expire Will Hurt Small Firms

The NASE’s National Tax Advisor testified before the House Committee on Small Business about how allowing tax incentives to expire would cause a direct and unintended tax increase on the small business sector that many are relying on to continue the economic recovery.

Sep 30, 2009

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Legislators Take On Home Office Deduction

New legislation could help self-employed business owners who work from a home office save an additional $1,500 on their taxes next year.

Sep 25, 2009

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NASE, Business Owners Respond To Pres. Obama’s Health Care Speech

President Barack Obama delivered a prescription for health care last night that left some of the self-employed wondering just where they fit in the plan. While the speech elaborated on current proposals the President wants in a final reform package, he did not address a number of key concerns for micro-business owners (those with 10 or fewer employees).

Sep 10, 2009

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NASE To Attend Orlando Small Business Community Day – Sept. 17

This fall, small-business owners in the Orlando-area will have a great opportunity to broaden their skills and network with other entrepreneurs and small business-centered organizations and companies. The Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) is hosting “Orlando Small Business Community Day” on Thursday, September 17, at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

Sep 01, 2009

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NASE Gives $84,000 In College Scholarships

Just as states across the nation are cutting financial aid due to budget shortfalls, the National Association for the Self-Employed awarded $84,000 in scholarship money to help 19 families send their children to college.

Aug 12, 2009

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It’s (Big) Business As Usual In Washington, D.C., Says NASE

The NASE recently spoke out on current health care reform legislation, which is notably missing two items that would have a substantial effect on the affordability of coverage for the self-employed - allowing the self-employed to deduct their health care costs as a business expense and expanding eligibility of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).

Aug 11, 2009

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NASE Asks Senators To Lower Health Costs For Small Business

Kristie Arslan, Executive Director of the Legislative Office for the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), recently participated in United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship roundtable to discuss the impact of various health reform proposals on small businesses along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and other small business owners and advocates.

Jul 10, 2009

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Streetwear Clothing Company Founder Receives NASE’s Future Entrepreneur College Scholarship

For twenty years, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) has provided budding entrepreneurs with a means to success through its college scholarship program. This year is no exception, with a scholarship worth up to $24,000 going to Joe Pielago, a Los Angeles streetwear designer.

Jul 10, 2009

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Micro-Businesses Offer Strong Opinions On Health Reform Proposals

The nation’s entrepreneurs are ready for major changes to the American health care system, but are asking the federal government to implement various proposals to help them cope with the costs. Nearly 2,000 micro-businesses, including members of the National Association for the Self-Employed, took part in this national online survey of their opinions on current health care reform proposals.

Jun 25, 2009

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NASE Members Receive Over $30,000 In Business Development Grants

Micro-business owners received a financial boost to their business in the first and second quarters, thanks to the National Association for the Self-Employed’s Business Development Grant Program. These NASE Members, with businesses as varied as a wedding photographer and a horse trainer, were awarded a total of $33,743 for their businesses.

Jun 22, 2009

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