Small Business Day, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is an opportunity for small business owners and managers to hear from New Hampshire’s top policy-makers, learn more about legislative issues that could affect their bottom line, and receive valuable information about tools to help their company grow and prosper. It is sponsored by TD Bank, Usource and media sponsor New Hampshire Business Review. The event will be held Jan. 24 at the Holiday Inn, Concord from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
The annual small business event, held in partnership with the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC), New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, and local and regional chambers of commerce and business associations, is meant to engage small business owners and managers in public policy discussion and debate, as well as provide them with practical and relevant information to help manage and grow their business.
Small Business Day will begin with opening remarks from Gov. Maggie Hassan, followed by a panel discussion featuring the state’s top elected leaders: Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Andy Sanborn, House Majority Leader Stephen Shurtleff and House Republican Leader Gene Chandler. The state leadership panel will focus specifically on top small business issues of 2014 and how state elected leaders will resolve them.
Three educational sessions will follow the legislative panel. The first, “Vital Resources for Growing Your Small Business,” moderated by Chris Way, deputy director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, will feature panelists Steve Webb, TD Bank; Mary Collins, Small Business Development Center; and Angela Martin, Devine Millimet. They will discuss essential resources to the success of a small business, including free legal help for start-ups, financing options, marketing strategies and tactics to improve profitability.
The next session, “The ACA and Beyond: Navigating the New Health Insurance Landscape,” will cover new strategies and opportunities for meeting a company’s healthcare and health insurance needs in the post-ACA economy. Small businesses are challenged with navigating the complex and ever-changing health insurance landscape, particularly now that the Affordable Care Act is fully in effect and plans in the new online marketplaces kicked in January 1. Panelists Marie Proulx, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Steve Gerlach, Bernstein Shur will discuss what small businesses need to know in 2014 and beyond.
Lastly, in response to long-standing unease by business leaders about the state’s economic future, the BIA recently completed a strategic economic plan forNew Hampshire, aimed at capitalizing on the state’s strengths and addressing growing weaknesses. In this final panel, small business owners will learn more about this important plan and how it will impact the state’s business environment and their small business.
Participating chambers of commerce and business organizations include the Exeter Area, Greater Derry-Londonderry, Greater Hillsborough Area, Greater Keene, Greater Peterborough, Greater Salem, Hampton Area, Hanover Area, Lake Sunapee Region, Lakes Region, Lincoln-Woodstock, Merrimack, Mount Washington Valley and Wolfeborough Area chambers of commerce, and the Lakes Region Tourism Association.
The cost to attend Small Business Day is $15 per person and includes continental breakfast. To register, visit the events calendar at BIAofNH.com or call 603-224-5388 ext. 116.
Business and Industry Association of N.H.
603-224-5388 ext. 116
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