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Monthly Archive for January 2011

First Friday Goes to Blossom

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Set Yourself Apart with a Leadership Degree

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Learn How to Become a State Farm Agent

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Help Us Celebrate Our Young Leaders

Join Generation Charleston and the Charleston Area Alliance Thursday at the Governor’s Mansion as we recognize those who are changing the Charleston region for the better.  

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is the featured speaker. The event will honor Generation Charleston’s accomplishments in 2010 as well as provide a sneak preview of its exciting plans for 2011.

A networking reception runs from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., and the program runs from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

We no longer are taking reservations for this event. Thank you.

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Take Advantage of This Exclusive Offer From nTelos

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Health Care Reform a Work in Progress, Cline Tells Business Leaders

Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise called the “Affordable Care Act” or “healthcare reform bill”) was signed in to law in March of 2010, businesses across the country have been wondering how this legislation would impact their organizations.

To learn more  the new rules and what they mean for West Virginia,  the Charleston Area Alliance and Dixon Hughes presented “Health Care Reform and Small Business:  Just the Facts,” featuring West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline on Jan. 20.  The event was the inaugural SUCCESStrategies program, a new educational partnership between the Alliance and Dixon Hughes.

Cline brought both national perspective and local expertise to the discussion.  She is not only responsible for overseeing  regulation of the state’s insurance market, but also serves as President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, an organization with a significant voice in the implementation of this reform.

Before a sold-out crowd of regional business leaders in the Alliance boardroom, Cline provided an update on provisions of the Affordable Care Act that went into effect on Jan.1 of this year (including ban on lifetime limits on insurance coverage, elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions for children and the ability to include children up to age 26 on family policies), as well certain requirements that will become law in 2014.

West Virginia is already leading the nation on implementation of one of the most significant provisions of the law – health care exchanges – mandated for each state by 2014.  Health insurance exchanges are marketplaces where small businesses and individuals without government or employer sponsored health coverage can shop for insurance options. Insurance exchanges could lead to greater access and cost control, but as with most aspects of this complex legislation, the devil will be in the details.

Cline urged businesses to engage with her office to learn which parts of the legislation apply to their organization, and how they can best prepare.  “We’re asking West Virginia businesses to work with us in this discussion because your input is valuable,” she said.

Another provision of the Affordable Care Act, tax credits for small businesses that provide health care insurance to employees, go into effect this year.   Sandy Thomas of Dixon Hughes reported that qualifying businesses can receive a credit of up to 35 percent of their health insurance costs, but cautioned that  that law is most beneficial to small businesses with lower paid employees.

“We are not here today to say this should – or shouldn’t–  be the law,” noted Alliance Chairman Pat Bond. “We’re here today to learn what it means for West Virginia businesses and how we can prepare.”

“Regardless of your thoughts surrounding the merits of reform, we all need to stay diligent and informed as the legislation unfolds. As such, I know I speak for everyone at Dixon Hughes when I say that we are proud to sponsor the SUCCESStrategies program and bring these important conversations to the forefront,” said Rick Slater, the firm’s managing member.

To provide input or get additional information on health care exchanges in West Virginia, contact Jeremiah Samples in Office of the Insurance Commissioner at:  Jeremiah.samples@wvinsurance.govFor more information on small business health insurance tax credits, contact your tax professional or Rebecca Isaacs at Dixon Hughes:  risaacs@dixon-hughes.com; (304) 414-2658.

For more information and additional perspectives on health care reform, go to:

West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commissioner
www.wvinsurance.gov.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners
http://www.naic.org/index_health_reform_section.htm

West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
http://www.wvchamber.com/

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care
http://www.wvahc.org/

SAVE THE DATE:  The next SUCCESStrategies program, focusing on important state and local tax updates, will be held Wednesday, March 9.  Please share your suggestions on other program topics and speakers for SUCCESStrategies and other Alliance educational programming by completing a short survey:http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BQXAGKJAU

Your feedback will help us continue to present quality events that benefit your bottom line.

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Join Us for a Symphony Open House

Maestro Cooper, the WVSO Board of Directors and the Charleston Area Alliance cordially invite you to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Open House.

The event is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Grand Lobby of the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of WV.

Join us for hors d’oeuvres, beverages and an evening of networking as we recognize our sponsors in the business community.

Sponsored in part by:

Champion Industries, Inc.
Dixon Hughes, PLLC
Jackson Kelly, PLLC

Additional support provided by:

Embassy Suites
Proud Eagle Inc.

Register here

There is no charge for admission, however, you must register in advance.

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Save Big at Yeager Airport

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Governor’s Mansion to Host Celebration of Young Leaders

Generation Charleston, the Alliance’s emerging leaders group, is recognizing those who are changing the Kanawha Valley for the better. A Celebration of Young Leaders is scheduled for Jan. 27 at the Governor’s Mansion.

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is the featured speaker. The event will honor Generation Charleston’s accomplishments in 2010 as well as provide a sneak preview of its exciting plans for 2011.

“We want to celebrate the difference Generation Charleston has made in the Capital City,” said Ryan White, co-chair in 2011. “At the same time, we want to look to the future and outline our plans for making an even bigger impact.”

A networking reception runs from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., and the program runs from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

This very special event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

Click here to register.

 

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Business After Hours Pre-Registration Ends at Noon

Smith, Cochran & Hicks is hosting the first Business After Hours of 2011! Pre-registration ends at noon today, and costs increase by $10 at the door.

Register here.

Join us from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Atrium at 405 Capitol St., the old Daniel Boone Hotel.

The event features food, drinks and excellent networking opportunities.

Stay connected and start the new year right!

Online registration for this event ends at noon on Jan. 20. Prices increase to $25 and $35 at the door.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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