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Kristie Arslan
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Kristie Arslan is a small business and entrepreneurship expert with years of experience advocating on behalf of America's small business. As the Executive Director of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Kristie leads the organization in its efforts to advocate for women and minority business owners on economic policy and current legislative initiatives that impact business health and growth. Before joining WIPP, Kristie served as the President and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE).

Kristie has been quoted and published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill and CQ Weekly while having appeared on MSNBC, FOX, CNBC and C-SPAN. She is also owns with her husband Popped! Republic, a gourmet popcorn company in Alexandria, VA.

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Celebration Women's Small Business Month

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 4:43 PM

Women now more than ever are turning to entrepreneurship to take charge of their own career trajectory. According to American Express OPEN's 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, it is estimated that there are nearly 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating over $1.4 trillion in...

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Small Firms Are Ready for Immigration Reform

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 2:57 PM

The thought of immigration reform is now becoming one of public acceptance. The American people are now asking how to best comply with any potential new requirements. This is no different for America's smallest businesses - the self-employed and micro-businesses - who now believe it is good for their business...

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Filing Your 2012 Taxes? You Aren't Alone

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Tax season can be a stressful time for anyone, but it is extremely painstaking for the small business community who must navigate through a complex, ever changing tax code.

The good news is you aren't alone. The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is here...

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Mr. President: Time to Partner With the Small Business Community

(19) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 7:40 PM

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union Address before Congress and the American people. While outlining his second term agenda, he does so against the backdrop of a sluggish economy that includes a depressed housing market and a mediocre jobs report for January --...

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Moving the Small Business Community Forward

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 11:19 AM

Just like President Barack Obama campaigned on moving our nation forward, America's small business community stands ready for a robust plan that moves them forward. We see signs of this already: It has been a great week for America's smallest businesses as Washington stepped up and will provide

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Entrepreneurs to Congress: Extend Middle Class Tax Cuts Now

(47) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 5:24 PM

The New Year is just around the corner, which means we're mere days away from falling off the so-called fiscal cliff. This impending situation -- created by a vast array of tax provisions set to expire January 1, at the same time that across-the-board spending cuts start to kick in...

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Stop Playing Chicken With America's Future

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 8:35 AM

Last week, the lame-duck Congress returned to work for the second time since the election -- although it's the first time since Election Day that they've intended to do any real work. The White House and Congress continue play chicken with the impending fiscal cliff and to ignore the real...

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Which Party Is Truly a "Friend" of the Self-Employed?

(13) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 9:40 AM

Both political parties are saying that voters have a "clear choice" at the ballot box this year. But for small business and self-employed voters who are looking for answers within the party platforms that were finalized at the national conventions, the answer is about as clear as mud. In fact,...

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Candidates Hitting Sour Notes with Lack of Small Business Policy Details

(7) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 2:38 PM

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.

In July, the Obama campaign released this ad in battleground states with the audio of Romney signing "America the Beautiful" while attacking the...

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Small Business Owners Concerned About the Impact of the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 4:28 PM

As the nation sorts out the details of the Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and considers the long-term impact of the decision, one thing is clear: the nation's 22 million self-employed and micro-business owners are still worried about rising health care costs and they...

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Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Hurt Businesses, Families and the Bottom Line

(4) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 1:50 PM

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...

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Mr. President, Focus on the 'Baffle Rule,' not the 'Buffett Rule'

(12) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 11:49 AM

President Obama is calling on Congress to raise taxes on the wealthy in a speech today, and he's using a clever example to describe it. Calling it the "Buffett Rule," he's calling for tax law changes to ensure the Warren Buffetts of the world don't pay a lower tax rate...

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Main Street or Wall Street? Why Not Both?

(6) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 12:32 PM

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...

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State of the Union: A "Level Playing Field" Must Include the Self-Employed Agenda

(5) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 2:50 PM

As President Obama readies his State of the Union address, news outlets are reporting that economic growth and taxation will be the focus of much of his remarks. According to these news reports, he will call for a "level playing field" in tax policy to ensure that the economic recovery...

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Small Business Planning During an Uncertain Economy

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 11:38 AM

There's no doubt that we face uncertain times with our economy. Unemployment levels are still high. The stock market has had a rollercoaster year. While Congress finally overcame its political bickering to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax, it can't be motivated to act on other initiatives that...

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Extending the Payroll Tax Cuts Into 2012

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 2:19 PM

As 2011 comes to a close, so does the payroll tax cut for millions of Americans. If Congress does not come to an agreement, we'll start out 2012 by paying higher taxes. This fact has a greater impact on the 22 million self-employed and micro-business owners who, in...

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Reducing the National Debt While Keeping Small Businesses Top of Mind

(6) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 4:46 PM

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday season, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction approaches a looming deadline: by November 23rd, the super committee must provide recommendations to Congress on how to reduce the federal debt by $1.5 trillion. In an open letter, the 22-million self-employed...

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Refined Tax Code Will Stimulate Entrepreneurship

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 2:28 PM

Let's face it: corporations are treated very differently than self-employed businesses in the U.S., especially when it comes to taxes. A corporation is able to write off the amount it pays for its employees' health insurance, lowering its taxable income. Self-employed business owners, on the other hand, are...

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Payroll Tax Cut Extension Will Support Small Business Growth

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 6:05 PM

I think we can all agree that the tax code could be more fair for Americans who want to start their own small business. It's one of the pillars of the national self-employment initiative that I have been urging policymakers to adopt. One of the key...

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The DIY Approach to Job Creation

(7) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 4:17 PM

Like a bad penny, glum news about the U.S. economy continues to turn up. Lawmakers just narrowly avoided a government shutdown...again and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke recently called the unemployment situation a "national crisis." Neither situation bodes well for the significant reform proposals that the super...

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