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  • Early Poll: Ryan Doesn’t Change Small Biz Vote (Yahoo! SMALLBIZ VOTE)

    Aug 15, 2012

    "With his Path for Prosperity, Congressman Ryan has gotten notoriety, but I'm not sure our members will know him off the top of their head," said Kristie Arslan, president and CEO of the National Association for the Self Employed.

  • Advocate For Self-Employed Argues For Tax Deductions (Yahoo! Small Business Advisor)

    Aug 14, 2012

    Both presidential campaigns say they're best for small business, but Kristie Arslan says neither has backed up the claim with substantive plans. "They've never been specific on any of the priorities for the 21 million self-employed Americans," Arslan, president and CEO of the National Association for the Self Employed...

  • Candidates Hitting Sour Notes With Lack Of Small Business Policy Details (Huffington Post)

    Aug 10, 2012

    Both presidential campaigns have been highlighting their opponent's singing abilities in negative ads lately, in an attempt to strike a dissonant chord with voters.

  • Time To Equalize Tax Breaks For Charitable Giving? (Bloomberg Businessweek)

    Aug 06, 2012

    Under current tax rules, companies organized as S-corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships may get greater financial benefit from trashing unused inventory than by donating it to nonprofits, says Gene Fairbrother, small business consultant to the National Association for the Self-Employed.

  • Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Hurt Businesses, Families And The Bottom Line (Huffington Post)

    Jun 14, 2012

    As the country waits to hear from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the self-employed are weighing in now on the impact the law is currently having on their businesses. According to a national survey released yesterday by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)...

  • Why It's So Hard To Write Off Your Home Office (Bloomberg Businessweek)

    Apr 16, 2012

    For the past decade, advocates for the home-based workforce have sought to give taxpayers the option to check a box for a standard $1,500 home office write-off. That would save them the tricky business of calculating what percentage of the home is dedicated to business—and therefore what share of rent, insurance, utilities, and maintenance costs can be deducted.

  • ‘Buffett rule’ Is Producing Capitol Gains (Washington Times)

    Apr 15, 2012

    “We’re much more interested in tax laws that impact the 22 million self-employed Americans who aren’t household names but who create a whole lot more jobs than Mr. Buffett,” said Kristie Arslan, president of the National Association for the Self-Employed.

  • Mr. President, Focus On The 'Baffle Rule,' Not The 'Buffett Rule' (Huffington Post)

    Apr 11, 2012

    Tax fairness is a top priority for the National Association for the Self-Employed, but we're much more interested in tax laws that impact the 22 million self-employed Americans who aren't household names but who create a whole lot more jobs than Mr. Buffett.

  • Small Business Groups Urge President To Sign JOBS Act (The Hill)

    Apr 03, 2012

    Partisanship in Washington has risen to an all-time high and “politics as usual” has come to mean complete gridlock, where the most basic legislation falls flat because of political gamesmanship. That’s why the bipartisan jobs bill headed to the president’s desk for approval is such a breath of fresh air.

  • Kill It Or Keep It? Small Business Groups At Odds On Affordable Care Act

    Apr 03, 2012

    In creating the [Affordable Care Act], however, Arslan said Congress leaned toward creating access to better health insurance for all, but dropped the ball on making it affordable.

  • Many Find It Hard To Plan Ahead As Tax Uncertainty Looms (USA TODAY)

    Mar 23, 2012

    [NASE Member] Tiffany Washington, owner of Washington Accounting Services in Waldorf, Md., says the standoff about extending the payroll tax cut caused her to put off hiring another employee.

  • Would the JOBS Act Help Small Business or Unleash Fraud? (Forbes)

    Mar 15, 2012

    The idea has wide bipartisan support in the House as well as President Obama’s backing. And small business advocates including SCORE CEO Ken Yancey and NASE CEO Kristie Arslan tell me they support crowdfunding legislation.

  • Main Street or Wall Street? Why Not Both? (Huffington Post)

    Mar 13, 2012

    It has become a time-honored tradition for politicians to claim they're looking out for "Main Street, not Wall Street." Capitol Hill is littered with proposals that are supposed to help small businesses compete in the marketplace and the Obama Administration has made this kind of messaging a key plank in their platform.

  • The Fight Over Crowdfunding's Potential (BloombergBusinessweek)

    Mar 12, 2012

    Kristie Arslan, president and chief executive of the National Association for the Self-Employed, says crowdfunding could be a godsend for the 22 million Americans who are self-employed and who often struggle to raise capital. “The smallest businesses have the most limited choices when it comes to accessing financing,” she says. While crowdfunding would not be the right option for every self-employed individual, it could help many who can’t get traditional bank loans, she notes.

  • Trouble Getting A Loan? Congress Considers Crowdfunding (Yahoo! Small Business Advisor)

    Mar 11, 2012

    Arslan points out that 78 percent of the small business population is comprised of self-employed people. “They don’t need large sums to start or grow, but traditional lending institutions don’t look at them as moneymakers.” Crowdfunding, she says, is a way individuals with business ideas can “fund their dream in an easy way.”