100 Days and Counting

There are exactly 100 days between this morning as I write this column and October 1. Why is that so important? October 1 is the day that people can begin signing up for the health insurance marketplaces under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Marketplaces will mean making decisions for how your business offers employee insurance coverage.

In spite of the ticking clock, many business owners remain confused about the new law and its impact on their businesses. At Thinking Bigger Business Media, we are working to get the word out about not only the implications of the law, but also resources for helping you make your decisions.

Our July feature story, “Going to Market,” focuses on some of the ground rules, the costs and benefits, and the questions business owners should be asking themselves as the Oct. 1 open enrollment approaches.

In addition, we are partnering with several other local business organizations to offer a Health Care Forum, “Understanding the Affordable Care Act for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs,” on July 23.

Finally, go out and like the Thinking Bigger Business Media page on Facebook. Each day for the next 100 days, we’ll be serving up facts, tips and resources designed to keep you informed about what promises to be one of the biggest milestones in U.S. health care reform.

Whether you’re a proponent of the new law or not, major deadlines for its implementation are looming. As business owners, we need to understand how it will impact our businesses, what our options are, and which resources we can turn to for help with those decisions.

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About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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