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Winning Self-Employment

Can you believe it, 2015 is already coming to an end?  We know that you have been hard at work this past year either starting or growing your business and we invite you to share your story with us and your fellow self-employed colleagues. If you are interested in sharing, please fill our or Publicity form!

As we close out the year, the NASE would like to thank all of our members for their continued support.  Without our members, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love, helping America’s small and micro-businesses thrive.  As many of our readers probably already know, one of the many benefits that come with your membership is the ability to apply for our NASE Grants and Scholarships. From helping member’s dependents pay for college tuition to tractors to websites to display cases, our grants and scholarships make a difference. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and congratulate this past year’s winners.


NASE Dependent Scholarship Recipients

The NASE offers to help ease that financial burden by offering $3,000 educational scholarships to legal dependents of NASE Members that are between the ages of 16 to 24.  Since 1989, the NASE Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1.8 million to members’ dependents.

Siddhart Agarwal
2015 | Windham, New Hampshire
Siddhart plans to use the scholarship to attend Tufts University where he will study Biomedical Engineering.

Dalton Hegeholz
2015 | Lincoln, Nebraska
Dalton plans to use the scholarship to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Kelly Langford
2015 | San Antonio, Texas
Kelly plans to use the scholarship to attend The University of Texas at San Antonio where she will study Nursing.

Hope Tedrow
2015 | Gilbert, Arizona
Hope plans to use the scholarship to attend Grand Canyon University where she will study Elementary Education.


NASE growth grant Recipients

NASE Growth Grant winners are chosen each month and are awarded up to $4,000 to support the growth of their business.  The Growth Grant money is used to help grow small businesses by providing extra capital to hire and train additional employees, take up new marketing initiatives, purchase new equipment and many other creative ways to improve businesses.

Joseph Swanson
January 2015
Swanson’s Evergreen Nursery
Joseph Swanson, an NASE Member from Niagara, Wisconson, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in January 2015. Joey started Swanson’s Evergreen Nursery in 2013 and will be using the gant money to operate the business until he is at full capacity in the Spring of 2016.

Bridgette John
February 2015
Get Snackin Vending
Bridgette John, an NASE Member from Las Vegas, Nevada, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in February 2015. Bridgette owns and operates Get Snackin, a locally owned and family operated vending company delivering top-notch vending solutions to customers in Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

Russell Edwards
March 2015
Major Appliance HQ
Russell Edwards, an NASE Member from Chuckey, Tennessee, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in March 2015. Russell is the owner and supervisor of Major Appliance HQ.  With this grant, Russell plans to expand his business by offering a new line of products and expand his customer base.

Ernesto Dominguez
April 2015
The Senior Club
Ernesto Dominguez, an NASE Member from Miami, Florida, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in April 2015. Since 2012, Ernesto has run The Senior Club, focusing on improving overall health and well-being to the seniors in their care. With this grant, Mr. Dominguez plans to expand and renovate the center.

Brooke Kinsey
May 2015
Bleu & Fig
Brooke Kinsey, an NASE Member from Columbus, Ohio, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in May 2015.  Bleu & Fig is a full service boutique catering and design company with a fresh and sophisticated take on celebrations. Brooke will be using this grant to help pay for an event hall so Bleu and fig can host events at their brick and mortar location.

Shaquille Pariag
June 2015
We Are Clairvoyance
Shaquille Pariag, an NASE Member from Reston, Virginia, was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in June 2015.  Clairvoyance is a strategic development firm that provides graphic and web design services, marketing, audio/video production, and business development services.  Shaquille will be using the grant to purchase new equipment for his business.

Nadia Robinson
July 2015
Locals Grow Smart
Nadia Robinson, an NASE Member from Washington D.C., was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in July 2015.  Locals grows and delivers high-quality, organic produce to local food businesses and consumers.  Nadia will be using the grant as seed money and to make strategic investments in growing her start up.

Cassandra Tindell
August 2015
Mainly Cupcakes
Cassandra Tindell, an NASE Member from Indian Trail, North Carolina, was awarded an NASE Growth Grantin August 2015.  Mainly Cupcakes is a local bakery that bakes cupcakes, layered cakes, sheet cakes, and pound cakes.  Cassandra will be using the grant to purchase equipment and raw materials needed to help open the doors to a store front.

Darci McConnell
September 2015
McConnell Communications
Darci McConnell, an NASE Member from Detroit, Michigan was awarded an NASE Growth Grant in September 2015.  Through personally managed publicity, marketing, crisis management, media training and relationship building services, McConnell Communications provides clients with communications campaigns that reach target audiences.  Darci will be using this grant to create and advertise a media coaching webinar series. 

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