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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 Featured new member, Wagner Fundraising Wagner Fundraising is a boutique fundraising consulting firm. With two decades of experience in professional fundraising we are experts in raising money with little expense attached, as it should be. Our favorite assignments are working with smaller organizations with passionate leadership, a unique mission, and that are poised for greatness. Please visit www.wagnerfundraising.com.

Health insurance exchanges: Small business owners should go directly to the source

Small Business Minnesota continues to encourage our members to go directly to the source for answers to your questions on health insurance exchanges and the Affordable Healthcare Act. Here are two great resources for small business owners: Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is MNsure: MNsure.org Information on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): Business.USA.gov/healthcare

Featured new member: Kestral Consulting, Ltd.

Kestrel Consulting was founded in 1995 by Christine Wisch, a former applications developer, to provide IT professional services, including contract, contract-to-hire and direct placement. Kestrel is a WBE-certified woman-owned, Minnesota business whose operating philosophy is to provide a higher level of service. Do or Do Not – there is no Try. What do you need and how may we help? Email Christine Wisch, president, or call (952) 915-0676.

Looking for small business owners who received health insurance rebates

Last year, health insurance companies sent small businesses $321 million in rebates because insurers didn’t comply with the health reform law’s Medical Loss Ratio requiring insurers to spend at least 80% of all premium dollars on actual health care. This requirement was part of a bill written by Senator Al Franken of Minnesota. Were you one of the businesses that received a rebate? If so, we’d like to speak with you. Contact Audrey Britton, government and public relations, (763) 280-1216.

Legislative Session Wrap Up July 1, 2013

Legislative Wrap Up Small Business Minnesota played a pivotal role at the legislature this year. Our board and members corresponded with the Governor, met with commissioners, testified before 18 committees, interviewed with reporters, held press conferences and published articles in major publications. Please see the Small Business Minnesota legislative wrap up below. As we supported small businesses, please consider supporting Small Business Minnesota with either a one-time contribution or by becoming a member, if you’re not already. Also, we are preparing the Small Business Minnesota legislative agenda for the upcoming session. Please send your public policy concerns to audrey@smallbusinessmn.org Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Small Business Minnesota played a significant role in influencing Minnesota’s health insurance exchange as we advocated for […]

Weekly updates and conference calls on tax-law changes

The Department of Revenue is posting updates on tax-law changes each Thursday in June. The posts provide guidance and instruction regarding tax changes. View the Department’s website for more information, to see the release schedule and/or sign up for email alerts on all tax law changes including weekly conference call details.

Governor Dayton recognizes Small Business Minnesota for work on health insurance exchange

Govenor Dayton recognizes Small Business Minnesota for work on health insurance exchange At the signing of the bill that created MNsure, the new Minnesota health insurance exchange, Governor Dayton recognized Small Business Minnesota for our work toward putting Minnesota’s small businesses ahead of special interests. Twelve Small Business Minnesota members testified to provide a real-life business perspective to the process.  Ours was the only organization that brought forth small business owners to testify on this bill. Under the federal Affordable Care Act, every state must have a health insurance exchange. Small Business Minnesota worked to ensure the exchange would best meet the needs of small businesses being crushed under the weight of health insurance costs. Small Business Minnesota achieved all […]

Our Legislative Impact

Small-business property tax relief passed Audrey Britton with small-business property tax bill author Rep. Loeffler. Property tax remains a top concern of many Small Business Minnesota members. Small Business Minnesota testified in favor of the new law that exempts the first $150,000 of small-business property value from the statewide general property tax. This law applies to commercial and industrial property valued at less than $1.1 million. (The state chamber of commerce testified against this.) Other 2014 tax laws affecting small business owners Small Business Minnesota has long argued that 99.7 percent of businesses in Minnesota are small businesses, yet 99 percent of business-related public policy favors big business. The legislature is beginning to understand. In addition to the property tax […]