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Grant Program Awards Over $95,000 to NASE Members In 2009

For Immediate Release: Contact:    Kristin Oberlander
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20 Micro-Business Owners Receive Grants

Washington, D.C., January 6, 2010 – The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) awarded $95,243 in business grants to its members in 2009. Twenty NASE Members, ranging from a gymnastics center to an environmental consulting firm, received a grant from the association.

With the Business Development Grant program, NASE Members can apply for up to $5,000 for a specific business need such as the purchase of new equipment or software, or the funding of advertising, marketing materials and training. Since the program began in 2006, the association has awarded over $400,000 to member businesses.

The NASE Business Development Grant Program offers access to capital for micro-business owners who have a specific business need – but lack the finances to carry out that goal. The program was designed after an online NASE Member poll found that a majority of micro-business owners (57 percent) initially fund their businesses using personal savings, and many (40 percent) continue to use personal savings for ongoing financing.

“These grants are our way of providing a little stimulus to our micro-business members,” said Robert Hughes, president of the NASE. “They’re staying positive and staying focused. They’re exhibiting the best of the entrepreneurial spirit. And we’re pleased that the NASE grants can contribute even a small part to their ongoing success.”

The following NASE Members received grants in 2009:

Gwen and James Arrigon of Beckett Run Inc. in Hamilton, Ohio
Jonathan Beck of JBS Multimedia in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Theresa Cassiday of Catena Creations, LLC in Bellevue, Neb.
Aaron Degler of Degler Design, Inc. in Saint Charles, Ill.
Elizabeth and Scott Dupre of The Pagoda Vent Company in Kittery Point, Maine
Robby Gerken of Erie Recycling Services, LLC in Antwerp, Ohio
Lily Hay of Aglow Marketing, LLC in Indianapolis, Ind.
Zane Homesley of Goshawk Environmental Consulting, Inc. in Austin, Texas
Steve Huffman of Steve Huffman Training Stables in Nampa, Idaho
Carl Leonard of Fogle's Asphalt Sealing in Walkersville, Md.
Scott and Karen Logan of The Blue Mermaid Island Grill in Portsmouth, N. H.
Tyler Madsen of Born Again Homes in Ellis, Idaho
Gaylene Mann of Curves of Dallas in Dallas, Ore.
Mary Miles of MG Accounting and Tax Service, LLC in Alpharetta, Ga.
Janna Piper of Janna Piper Housesitting in Portland, Ore.
Lesley Rackowski of Pillowcasegram & Other Things LLC in Westfield, N.Y.
Nancy Ritchie of Cranial Tap, Inc. in Sterling, Va.
Douglas Springer of Springers Gymnastics Center, LLC in Ellsworth, Maine
Susan Steele of Artistic Touch Studio in Gilbert, S.C.
Elizabeth Stultz of Elizabeth Stultz Photography in Windham, Maine


Learn about past grant recipients from 2006, 2007 and 2008.

To learn more about the NASE Business Development Grant program, click here. Benefit availability dependent upon membership level.


About the NASE
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 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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