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National Association for the Self-Employed Small Business Associations

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses providing a broad range of benefits and support to help the smallest businesses succeed. NASE's exclusive package of Member Benefits allows you to save money on your personal and professional expenses. Whether you are planning your dream vacation, ordering office supplies, or seeking advice on your new business plan, the NASE can help. The NASE has pioneered support for the self-employed and micro-businesses, which have been among the largest creators of jobs in recent years.

The NASE was founded in 1981 to provide day-to-day support, benefits and consolidated buying power that traditionally had been available only to large corporations. Today, the NASE represents hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and micro-businesses, and is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan association of its kind in the United States.

Since its start-up, the NASE has been an important partner in the explosion of micro-businesses in the United States, supporting the interests of the self-employed with benefits and advocacy initiatives aimed at leveling the playing field between these businesses and larger corporations.

Specifically, the aim of the association is to help the self-employed successfully meet the challenges of managing and growing their businesses by:

  • Securing focused tools and resources that help the self-employed manage and compete more effectively
  • Representing the interests of the self-employed among legislators in Washington D.C. on key issues that affect their business and that give these businesses more equal footing with larger corporations
  • Providing access to benefits that promote the health and financial security of micro-business owners.

  • The NASE provides the most comprehensive package of offerings and benefits to its members, including:

    Focused 'How-To' Resources
    The NASE offers micro-business owners a range of in-depth education and information resources to help them manage the strategic and day-to-day aspects of their businesses. Through the online resource www.entrepreneurialconnection.com, the self-employed can receive tools, tips and training to help them compete more effectively, as well as education to help them develop broad success skills. Through www.nase.org, members receive a comprehensive menu of other resources, from free online tax counsel and financial tips to access to the organization's bi-monthly magazine Self-Employed America. The NASE's toll-free ShopTalk 800 business advice line enables members to secure help on issues ranging from how to purchase a computer to understanding government regulations.

    Value-Added Benefits
    The NASE provides its members access to a full array of high-value benefits, including professional services - such as legal services, retirement and investment planning and payroll services - at discounted fees and rates. Through its consolidated buying power, NASE members receive significant savings on thousands of office products and services, including long-distance, printing and office supplies. Members also receive discounts on travel services, including rental car fees, hotel and transportation.

    Access to a variety of healthcare insurance plans also is offered, including major medical, prescription drug, as well as dental and vision plans.

    College Scholarships
    The NASE's Scholarship Program provides annual financial scholarships to children and dependents of association members. It is the largest scholarship in the nation devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship among young people. This year, the program will reach a total of $1 million in scholarships that have been awarded to more than 400 students since its launch in 1989.

    Legislative Advocacy
    Through its legislative outreach initiative, the NASE gives the self-employed a powerful voice on federal legislation affecting small business. Key legislative priorities include:

  • Tax Equality for Small Business
  • Clarification of Independent Contractor Definition
  • Health Insurance Tax Credits
  • Small Business Health Plans
  • Social Security Reform
  • Retirement Security
  • Equality in Insurance Plans
  • Federal Small-Business Programs
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