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Ruth Ann Hanson, Chamber Area Director
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Lisa Paxton, Chamber CEO
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Kathi Nagorski
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Shannon Janco
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Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for Small Employers

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Recently Brainerd Lakes business leaders participated in a round table discussion with Representative Jim Oberstar. Topics included business access to financing, broadband, education, and health care.

Oberstar shared information about the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit which helps small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations afford the cost of health insurance. The credit is worth up to 35 percent of a small business' premium costs in 2010. On Jan. 1, 2014, this rate increases to 50 percent (35 percent for tax-exempt employers).

For this credit, a small business is defined as having less than the equivalent of 25 full-time workers.

To learn more, visit the IRS.gov website.

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Numbers Matter

Friday, September 17, 2010

If you need data to support a report you are writing, add credibility to a grant proposal, or want to understand your target market area by demographic, social, economic, and housing factors; this information is available through the US Census and American Community Survey.

Access this information at http://factfinder.census.gov/ The 2010 Census data will be available in February-March of 2011. However in addition to the 10 year census the American Community Survey data is available.

Information you can find includes: marital status, educational attainment, language spoken, veterans status, place of work, value of home or monthly rent paid, number of room in each housing unit, yea someone moved into a residence, vehicles, utilities, taxes, and insurance. See the Brainerd community profile at the right as an example.


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