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Grant Program Awards More Than $80,000 to NASE Members in 2011

For Immediate Release: Contact:    Kristin Oberlander
(202) 466-2100
Twitter: koberlander

Washington, D.C., March 5, 2012 – The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) Awarded $82,930 in business grants to its members in 2011. Eighteen NASE Members, including a blacksmith and a chiropractor, received a grant from the association.

Through the Growth Grants® program, NASE Members can apply for up to $5,000 to meet a specific business need such as the purchase of new equipment or software, or the funding of advertising, marketing materials or training. Since the program began in 2006, the association has awarded over $600,000 to member businesses.

The NASE Growth Grants® 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.

“We know that it can be difficult for small-business owners to find the capital they need to put a new idea in motion,” said Kristie L. Arslan, NASE President. “We’re proud to help our members start, run and grow their businesses with our Growth Grant® program.”

The following NASE Members received grants in 2011:

Larry Bodine of Larry Bodine Marketing in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Lilia Clempson of Intelligenius Consulting Services in Bethesda, Md.
Jacqueline Crosby of Crosby Legal Seminars in Newton, N.J.
Patrick Haller of Haller’s Landscaping and Lawncare in Sparta, Tenn.
Kathryn Ingram of Integrity Bookkeeping LLC in Westerville, Ohio
Andrew Lord of Lord-Myers Inc. in Buxton, Maine
Laura Maw of Rocky Mountain C.N.A. in Lehi, Utah
Stephen McNeill of Music Lessons with Stephen McNeill in Olive Branch, Miss.
Jared Mehring of Mehring Farms LLC in East Troy, Wis.
Jaymi Opal of I.C. Business in Billings, Mont.
Kathleen and David Palomares of David M. Palomares, D.C. in Dublin, Calif.
Amber Rolih of MIRRO, LLC in Rochester, Minn.
LaTarsha Scott of Scott Realtime Reporting, LLC in Montgomery, Ala.
Patrick Snyder of Snyder Chiropractic Care in Marysville, Ohio
Craig Sowby of MyOnlineDrummer in Middlesboro, Ky.
Tamara Swasey-Ballou of Ballou & Associates in Camden, Maine
Angela Vanegas of The Green Maid, Inc. in Skokie, Ill.
Tessie and Matt Wallace of Wallace Metal Works, LLC in Charleston, W.Va.


Learn about past grant recipients from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

To learn more about the NASE Growth Grants® program, click here. Benefit availability depended upon membership level. 

 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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