Self Made: NASE's Blog

Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Posted by Javan Porter  The Obama administration took some muscle out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by pushing the Employer Mandate implementation to 2015. The administration has started marketing efforts, but this mandate must be a hard sell. The policy calls for any business that employs over 50 full time workers (30 hours per week) to provide insurance for their employees. The conundrum that is the ACA implementation has caused companies and the general public to panic. This panic has caused the Obama administration to believe that it will further suppress the growth of a sluggish economy. Valerie Jarrett, ...
Monday, July 08, 2013
The NASE has created to two page brief that highlights the Affordable Care Act and its impact on America's smallest Businesses.  It is a great tool that breaks down the complicated legislation and makes it easier to understand. Click here for the Affordable Care Act in Brief PDF file
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Last week, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), an advocacy and research organization for entrepreneurs, partnered with Fundable, a crowdfunding platform partner focused exclusively on startup companies, to launch a contest helping startups and existing business fundraise to start or grow their company.   Crowdfunding a new, proven (and sound) fundraising phenomenon that is coming on strong: it’s a collective effort of individuals and entities that pool their money through a variety of ways, usually through the Internet, to support a ...
Friday, June 14, 2013
Posted by Ben Seidel - Imagine that you're using your computer to finalize a document or send out an agenda with critical last minute details, and the power goes out due to a storm (especially if you live in the Midwest, like me). Your computer instantly shuts down, and you are left wondering, "So, when was the last time I hit that save button?" What many do not realize is that you are not only facing lost files, but your computer can also be harmed. Irregular power surges, voltage drops (brown outs), and outages can all cause irrevocable damage the ...
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Posted by Javan Porter - If President Obama is the coach of the team for creating new jobs, his quarterback is small business. The coach may lay out the game plan but small businesses play the game. Small businesses have created two-thirds of new jobs in America. The President as the coach understands the importance of such a strong quarterback and has issued a proclamation announcing this year’s National Small Business Week for June 17th to 21st. Get more information about National Small Business Week here. National Small Business Week consists of conferences throughout the country highlighting the achievement and ...
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Posted by Javan Porter - As a micro-business owner, you must make difficult decisions that carry ramifications that reach far beyond your office walls. Although the high health insurance costs that your employees face may worry you, an opportunity for you as the business owner to offer assistance is through a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA). An HRA allows an avenue for an employer to contribute towards an employee’s health insurance costs. The employer can simply add the contribution amount they decide on directly to the employee’s paycheck. HRA plans have no participation requirements, so businesses of any size can create ...
Monday, May 13, 2013
Posted by Molly Nelson - Wondering how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may impact your business, or how to achieve health business growth? Two webinars happening this week might have the answers you need. "Small Businesses Beware: Why You Can't Afford to Ignore the Affordable Care Act" Hosted by ADP and Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 11 a.m. to noon ET Register for the webinar on the Affordable Care Act.  "Death by Growth: Are You at Risk?" Small Biz Club Success Saturday webinar Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11 a.m. ET Register for the webinar on business growth. 
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Small Business Administration recently announced that they are amending regulations to allow greater access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned businesses.  This signals the commitment by the SBA to continue to advocate and support woman business owners.  Previously, Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses had a limit to the contracts they could receive.  With the rule change, the contracts can be at any dollar amount.  This will not only help federal agencies reach their goal of five percent of contracts going towards WOSB but more importantly, get the funding in the hands of these entrepreneurs.  ...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Posted by Katie Vlietstra-  On April 30th, the Department of Health and Human Services released the new, simplified exchange health care application for both individuals and families.  The simplified application process will allow for the individual or head of household applying for health insurance to verify possibly eligibility in other federally administered health care programs, including the Health Insurance Marketplace (exchanges), Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and access to tax credits to pay for premiums.  Applications to secure health insurance in the marketplace will be accepted starting on October 1, 2013, but we recommend spending some time and ...
Thursday, April 25, 2013
A buzz has been created recently as reports that the U.S. Treasury’s funding of the Small Business Lending Fund grew by over $1.5 billion between the third and fourth quarter last year.  This is exciting as getting funding to local banks and community development loan funds and in the hands of America’s smallest business is a great way to stabilize and grow the U.S. economy. Getting money to the self-employed will lead to more jobs and stronger communities. Our very own President & CEO Kristie Arslan also weighed in saying “Seeing the growth in small-business lending is a promising signal ...


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Self Made

A blog on the self-employed and micro-business

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Katie Vlietstra - As Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs, I work to explain how actions on Capitol Hill can impact the self-employed. I love D.C. and have made my home in Capitol Hill, where I live with my husband and black Labrador, Coltrane. We love playing volleyball and softball on the National Mall. 

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