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  • Self-Employed Workers' Big Concern About Obamacare Subsidies (Bloomberg Businessweek)

    Jan 24, 2014

    In 2013, my husband and I were both employed and had company-provided health insurance. In 2014, we are both unemployed and starting our own business. We’re not sure what kind of income we’ll bring in this year so we’re not sure how to figure out if we qualify for Obamacare subsidies. Our 2013 income will be too high to use as an estimate. Also, if we qualify for large subsidies, can we take them now and then reduce them later if our business takes off and we make more than expected? This seems like an obvious concern for many self-employed people.

  • Small businesses have wish list for new SBA head (AP)

    Jan 22, 2014

    Maria Contreras-Sweet, are you listening? Now that President Barack Obama has nominated you to run the Small Business Administration, owners have a to-do list for you.

  • Small business owners breathe sigh of relief as Obama taps SBA leader (Washington Post)

    Jan 17, 2014

    It had been nearly a year since the White House started searching for a new leader for the Small Business Administration, and more than four months since the former top executive gave up the wait and departed, leaving the agency in the hands of a more-than-capable but not-quite-official interim leader.

  • Obama Picks Maria Contreras-Sweet to Lead the SBA (Reuters)

    Jan 15, 2014

    After more than six months without a leader, the Small Business Administration may finally have a new chief. President Barack Obama is set to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of ProAmerica Bank, as the new leader of the SBA later today, according a senior administration official.

  • Small businesses will face challenges in 2014, but resources to help are available (Miami Herald)

    Jan 06, 2014

    The vast majority of small businesses in the U.S. took a financial hit during the Great Recession. For years, as the recession gripped the economy, the outlook for small business growth remained grim. But today, some five years later, small firms with fewer than 100 employees are finally feeling optimistic about the future, according to a recent American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor survey.

  • Why It's So Tricky for the Self-Employed to Estimate Health Insurance Costs (Bloomberg Businessweek)

    Dec 18, 2013

    Question: Thank you for your article on how the self-employed can calculate eligibility for Obamacare subsidies. I now understand it is line 37 instead of line 22 on my 1040 tax return. This is a relief, as I will be qualified. Since my MAGI [modified adjusted gross income] varies year from year, depending on the level of business contracts and projects I receive, does that mean I will be paying different premiums or rates and receiving different subsidies every year?

  • State's small businesses use Obamacare (Orange County Register)

    Dec 11, 2013

    Covered California, the state-run health insurance exchange, said it has launched online self-enrollment for small businesses. But the federal government announced Wednesday that healthcare .gov, the exchange it runs for 36 other states, will delay that capability for one year.

  • How Do the Self-Employed Save for Retirement? Erratically (Bloomberg Businessweek)

    Dec 05, 2013

    Americans aren’t very good at saving money. The self-employed are even worse. Asurvey published this week by TD Ameritrade (AMTD) shows that 40 percent of America’s 10 million self-employed workers aren’t saving regularly for retirement and 28 percent aren’t saving at all. That compares with about 10 percent of traditionally employed workers who aren’t saving for retirement, according to the survey, which 2,000 U.S. residents completed online.

  • Local business owners see increasing holiday sales (Wausau Daily Herald)

    Dec 05, 2013

    With shoppers standing in line for door-buster deals Thursday and Friday at some of the nation’s top big-box retails, many central Wisconsin businesses were taking advantage of an increasing trend to focus the day after Black Friday.

  • Latest Obamacare Delay Means Small Businesses Will Have to Wait. Again. (Reuters)

    Dec 05, 2013

    The beleaguered and defeated Obamacare has taken another punch, and Main Street is feeling the pain. Just as most of the country was heading full throttle toward the tryptophan-induced haze that is Thanksgiving, the White House announced yet another delay in the rollout of Obamacare – one that affects small businesses.

  • Small Business Saturday supports local employers and national parks (The Hill)

    Dec 05, 2013

    National attention to and support for Small Business Saturday, held on Nov. 30, has been especially important this year. The recent government shutdown showed the enormity of the economic repercussions that can result– especially for small businesses—when Congress puts politics before its responsibility to govern. By one estimate, $500 million was lost when tourists were unable to visit national parks and sportsmen were locked out of wildlife refuges and other areas at the onset of hunting season. Lesson learned: America’s parks and public lands matter to local economies and small businesses. Protecting our national heritage is important to our economic sustainability, and our legacy to future generations.

  • Online enrollment for small biz health coverage delayed, but not in California (My Desert)

    Dec 02, 2013

    Small businesses won’t be able to enroll online for SHOP plans on the federal Affordable Care Act exchange for another year, the Obama Administration announced Wednesday, news reports said, the latest in a series of delays for his signature health reform law.

  • Most small businesses fear they won't be able to afford good health insurance (Biz Journals)

    Nov 21, 2013

    More than 60 percent of small business owners aren't confident they'll be able to get health insurance that's both affordable and comprehensive in 2014, according to a survey by the National Association for the Self-Employed.

  • President Obama yields some ground on Affordable Care Act (Trib Total Media)

    Nov 18, 2013

    President Obama ran into fresh criticism on Thursday as he bowed to pressure and attempted to throw a lifeline to consumers whose insurance policies are being canceled because they don't provide the robust coverage that the health care law requires.

  • The Self-Employed Shouldn't Bank on Obamacare Subsidies (Bloomberg Businessweek)

    Nov 05, 2013

    Thanks to federal subsidies created by the Affordable Care Act, as many as 7 million Americans may be eligible to get coverage through health exchanges without paying a dime, according to new research (PDF) from McKinsey. That’s great for the people who qualify, though it’s worth clarifying that zero-premium doesn’t equal zero-cost—patients are responsible for co-payments for services delivered. Subsidies are unlikely to create large savings for one group you might think would benefit from the individual marketplaces: the self-employed.