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  • Vlietstra Named Vice President for the National Association for the Self-Employed

    Dec 09, 2013

    Keith Hall, President and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) – the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses - today announced that Katie Vlietstra will be promoted to Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs. The newly enhanced position will cover a broad range of activities including managing the Washington, DC office, but also directing all government relations and public affairs activities. Vlietstra was formerly NASE’s Director of Government Affairs.

  • Support America’s Smallest Businesses on Small Business Saturday

    Dec 02, 2013

    As Americans prepare to take advantage of today’s Black Friday deals, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, shines a light on America’s smallest businesses this Small Business Saturday. Supporting and investing in the small business community helps grow our local, regional and national economies.

  • Statement from NASE on Delay of Online Enrollment of Federal Small Business Exchange

    Dec 02, 2013

    In reaction to the announcement by the Obama Administration that online enrollment of the federal small business exchange, SHOP, will be delayed, Katie Vlietstra, Director of Government Affairs for The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, released the following statement:

  • New Obamacare Survey: Majority of Small Businesses Feel They Will Be Unable to Secure Comprehensive, Affordable Health Care in 2014

    Nov 20, 2013

    Over a month after the launch of the new health care system, a majority of small and micro-business owners trying to enroll believe they will be unable to secure affordable health care coverage in the new year according to a new survey by The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses.

  • President’s New Health Care Proposal is “Bad Policy” and “Short-Sighted”

    Nov 14, 2013

    As President Barack Obama announced new rules today allowing insurance companies to extend non-compliant health care plans into 2014, Katie Vlietstra, Director of Government Affairs for The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, today called the Administration’s new proposal “bad policy.” Today’s announcement by the White House comes a day after officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released enrollment numbers for the first month in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) showing a dismal 106,185 enrollees.

  • Time to Eliminate Open Enrollment Deadline and Delay Individual Mandate Penalty

    Oct 29, 2013

    As the House Committee on Ways and Means holds a hearing this morning on the Status of the Affordable Care Act Implementation, Katie Vlietstra, Director of Government Affairs for The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, called on the U.S. Congress and the Administration to “immediately eliminate the open enrollment deadline and delay the individual mandate penalty for one-year.” The NASE submitted an official statement for the record for today’s U.S. House Ways and Means Committee hearing that advocates for immediate and swift action eliminating the open enrollment period and delaying the individual mandate penalty.

  • New Obamacare Data: America’s Smallest Businesses Haven’t Yet Decided If They Will Purchase Health Care on Exchanges

    Sep 30, 2013

    With open enrollment in the nation’s new health care system beginning tomorrow against the backdrop of a potential Federal Government shutdown, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, today released new data from a national survey of its membership showing that more than half (54%) of the 476 respondents haven’t decided if they will purchase health care on the Exchanges. In fact, 64% of the respondents indicated they have yet to even visit the new HealthCare.gov website and 100% of those surveyed answered that price will be a deciding factor in their decision.

  • National Association for the Self-Employed Releases "The More You Know Infographic" About America’s New Health Care Exchanges

    Sep 18, 2013

    With under two weeks until the open enrollment period for our nation’s new health care system begins October 1st, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, today released a new infographic, “The More You Know,” to help prepare America’s 23 million small business. The new infographic offers topline advice for America’s 23 million self-employed and micro-businesses as they prepare for the opening of the federal and state health care Exchanges. The NASE has been supporting the small business communities around the country become better informed about how to approach the upcoming open enrollment period.

  • Winner Announced in National Small Business Crowdfunding Contest

    Sep 16, 2013

    Today, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), an advocacy and research organization for entrepreneurs, and Fundable, a crowdfunding platform partner focused exclusively on startup companies, announced Las Vegas small business, The Cookie Bar, as the winner of their national crowdfunding contest. The national contest was created as a way to show their commitment to supporting America’s small business community in their goal of raising and securing capital through the powerful platform of crowdfunding.

  • NASE Announces New President & CEO

    Sep 06, 2013

    John Wright, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) today announced the appointment of Keith R. Hall, CPA of Texas, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

  • Organizations Team up to Help Women Veterans & Military Spouses Start their own Small Businesses

    Sep 04, 2013

    Today, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) and Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation announced a partnership to help women veterans and military spouses start their own small businesses. The partnership is part of the BPW’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping military spouses and women veterans connect with working women mentors and subject matter experts (SMEs) to receive support, guidance, career development, and to ultimately obtain meaningful employment.

  • National Association for the Self-Employed Releases Guide for MO Small Business Community on Impact of New Health Care System

    Aug 26, 2013

    With enrollment in our nation’s new health care system quickly approaching, 533,228 small businesses across the state of Missouri are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year. Today, in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses released a key guide, the Affordable Care Act in Brief, to educate and help assist Missouri’s small business community during this transition period.

  • Over 270,000 Nevada Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law

    Aug 26, 2013

    With enrollment in our nation’s new health care system quickly approaching, 270,831 small businesses across the state of Nevada are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year. Today, in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses released a key guide, the Affordable Care Act in Brief, to educate and help assist Nevada’s small business community during this transition period.

  • Over 3.4M California Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law

    Aug 26, 2013

    With enrollment in our nation’s new health care system quickly approaching, 3,432,359 small businesses across the state of California are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year. Today, in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses released a key guide, the Affordable Care Act in Brief, to educate and help assist California’s small business community during this transition period.

  • Finalists Announced in National Small Business Crowdfunding Contest

    Aug 22, 2013

    The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), an advocacy and research organization for entrepreneurs, and Fundable, a crowdfunding platform partner focused exclusively on startup companies, announced today the finalists of their national crowdfunding contest: A diverse and unique group of finalist companies, with varying funding needs, committed to starting and growing their own small business. The national contest is committed to supporting America’s small business community in their goal of raising and securing capital through the powerful platform of crowdfunding.

  • Over 480,000 Arizona Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law

    Aug 20, 2013

    With enrollment in our nation’s new health care system quickly approaching, 486,993 small businesses across the state of Arizona are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year. Today, in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses released a key guide, the Affordable Care Act in Brief, to educate and help assist Arizona’s small business community during this transition period.

  • Over 940,000 Pennsylvania Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law

    Aug 20, 2013

    With enrollment in our nation’s new health care system quickly approaching, 945,103 small businesses across the state of Pennsylvania are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year. Today, in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses released a key guide, the Affordable Care Act in Brief, to educate and help assist Pennsylvania’s small business community during this transition period.

  • The New York Times Uncovers One Year Delay of Consumer Protections in New Health Care Reform Law

    Aug 13, 2013

    With less than six-weeks to go before the October 1st open enrollment period begins for the new Affordable Care Act implementation, today The New York Times uncovered a “little-noticed ruling” that delays “until 2015 a significant consumer protection in the law that limits how much people may have to spend on their own health care”. Katie Vlietstra, Director of Government Affairs for The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading resource and advocate for the self-employed and micro-businesses, calls the latest discovery “further evidence of a process that has been mired with incomplete and lacking information on the impact this law will have on America’s self-employed and micro-business community.”

  • Over 2 Million Texas Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law

    Aug 12, 2013

    With enrollment in our nation’s new health care system quickly approaching, 2,273,508 small businesses across the state of Texas are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year. Today, in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses released a key guide, the Affordable Care Act in Brief, to educate and help assist Texas’ small business community during this transition period. In addition, small businesses will gain a new streamlined home office tax deduction in the 2013 tax-filing season.

  • Over 800,000 Michigan Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law

    Aug 12, 2013

    With enrollment in our nation’s new health care system quickly approaching, 800,564 small businesses across the state of Michigan are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year. Today, in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st, The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses released a key guide, the Affordable Care Act in Brief, to educate and help assist Michigan’s small business community during this transition period.

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