A total of 83 area business owners and human resources
directors came to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex for the Center
for Family Business’s informational session “Understanding the Affordable Care
Act” on September 10, 2013.
A formal presentation
by Joe Reschini of the Reschini Group aimed to advise business owners to seek
guidance from their health insurance professionals about the new act.
The mission of the
Center for Family Business is to support family business owners through
educational forums such as this one on succession, valuations, communication,
leadership, and other areas of interest in a solicitation-free seminar or
discussion with peers.
The goal of the event
was to educate business owners about the changes in the national healthcare
program and urge them to pursue help from professionals if needed.
aren’t familiar with the complicated changes that are coming because of the
Affordable Care Act,” Center for Family Business Director Ellen Ruddock said.
“People are looking wherever they can for information to bring their company’s
healthcare up to compliance with the new act.”
A question and answer
session followed hosted by a panel of business leaders and insurance
professionals, including Diamond Drugs HR Director Denise Gromley, Henry
Hall Office Products owner Jeff Tobin, Clark Metal Products HR Director Ellen
Starry, and client adviser Chuck Whitford of JRG Advisors.
The Center for Family
Business plans to do a follow-up seminar in 2014 because the changes to the
healthcare system are so broad and complex.
“There is a lot of
fear out there amongst business owners who don’t have in-house human resources
expertise,” Ruddock said. “These informational seminars hosted by professionals
really help them get over those fears and plan for changes they have to make
for their company in the future.”
Because this was the
first time holding the event, a survey was done of the attendees. The responses
were favorable, and the large majority of the business owners said that they
would be interested in attending a follow-up seminar.
“We received very
positive feedback,” Ruddock said. “Thanks to Joe and the panel, I am sure the
business owners understood more of what the act is all about.”