Archive for September 2013

Welcome new and renewing members!

All in One Accounting
Array Insurance
Dawnview Coffee Co.
Eutectics Consulting LLC
Invisionit Productions
Larkins Construction Inc
National Item Processing, Inc.
Organo Gold Coffee

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Small Business Minnesota in the news

Small Business Minnesota members, Sanctuary Restaurant and The RM Group, were interviewed for their thoughts regarding MNsure: Fox news and Kare11 TV.

Small Business Minnesota was interviewed regarding the end of the legislative session: Small Business Minnesota’s legislative wrap upRead the interview.

MNsure releases rates for small businesses and individuals

MNsure rolled out an early look at health insurance rates Friday, Sept. 6. For individuals and oneperson businesses, rates range from free to about $700 a month. These rates are the lowest in the nation. The small business rates are not quite as impressive unless you’re a one-person shop or your business qualifies for tax credits. Things to keep in mind: all employees can receive coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions. As most businesses do today, under MNsure employers can share the cost of insurance with employees. Currently, MNsure is geared toward small businesses with 2-50 employees.
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MNsure employer notice templates available

All employers are required to inform their employees about the existence of health insurance marketplaces such as MNsure before Oct 1. Click here to access a page where there’s a model notice employers can use to communicate this information to employees.

Small Business Minnesota meets with Rep. Keith Ellison

On Sept. 3, Small Business Minnesota hosted a roundtable with Rep. Ellison. A group of small business owners sat to discuss small business issues including the Affordable Care Act and MNsure, the effects of the Federal sequestration on small businesses, Federal programs affecting small businesses, the need for corporate tax reform and how this affects small businesses, and more. Stay tuned for future round tables with our elected officials.

Meet the lenders SBA event in Bemidji Sept. 25

This Small Business Administration event provides small business owners an opportunity to meet experienced SBA lenders, learn what loan programs they offer and what their lending requirements are. 20 minute roundtable sessions give owners the opportunity to rotate to the lenders in their area. Information and registration.