The National Association for the Self-Employed is proud to announce that Todd Gustafson of Rockland has been awarded a grant through the NASE’s Business Development Grant Program.

Gustafson, of ComputerSolutions, LLC, a computer repair company, will use the grant to hire and train a new staff member.

Founded in 2006, ComputerSolutions specializes in PC and Mac computer repair, as well as virus prevention and removal, and data recovery. Gustafson plans to use the grant to hire and train a new staff member for a dedicated customer service position.

With the Business Development Grant program, NASE Members can apply for up to $5,000 for a specific business need such as the purchase of new equipment or software, or the funding of advertising, marketing materials and training. Since the program began in 2006, the association has awarded over $450,000 to member businesses.

The NASE Business Development Grant Program offers access to capital for micro-business owners who have a specific business need – but lack the finances to carry out that goal. The program was designed after an online NASE Member poll found that a majority of micro-business owners (57 percent) initially fund their businesses using personal savings, and many (40 percent) continue to use personal savings for ongoing financing.

“Over the past four years, we’ve seen how just a small amount of capital can get a business off the ground,” said NASE President Robert Hughes. “When a retailer can suddenly sell products online or a contractor can buy a piece of equipment instead of renting it-those small changes to the way a business operates can generate huge profits.”

To learn more about the NASE Business Development Grant program, go to http://nase.org/Membership/BizDevGrants.aspx. Benefit availability dependent upon membership level.