Wednesday, November 21, 2012

GET THE FACTS: Banning Insurance Discrimination Based on Pre-Existing Health Conditions

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Banning Insurance Discrimination Based on Pre-Existing Health Conditions
The Obama administration moves forward to implement provisions in the health care law that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. The provisions of the Affordable Care Act also would make it easier for consumers to compare health plans and employers to promote and encourage employee wellness.
The Obama administration issued: Blog
Learn more about these new rules by reading "Barring Insurance Discrimination Based on Pre-Existing Health Conditions" by Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.

Entrepreneurial Development Training for Veteran Women

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Entrepreneurial Development Training
Veteran Women (V-WISE)
Main Event:  10-12 January 2013

Q & A for V-WISE Conference in Jacksonville, Florida

First of 2 Teleconference calls is Wednesday, November 28 at 10 a.m. ET

JACKSONVILLE – Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is a unique entrepreneurship training program, and is coming to Jacksonville on January 10-12, 2013.  It was designed specifically by Syracuse University with the Office of Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, to encourage and support female veterans with an interest in exploring careers/ opportunities in small business ownership.  V-WISE is committed to helping female veterans interested in pursuing careers as small business owners and entrepreneurs. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with Natalie Hall, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Meghan Conroy Florkowski, Program Manager, V-WISE and Operation Endure & Grow of Syracuse University and Kimberly Bynum, Deputy Director Military Affairs, Veterans & Disable Services, Office of Mayor Alvin Brown.

WHEN:             Wednesday, November 28th 10 a.m. EST:
Wednesday, December 5th 10 a.m. EST:

DIAL:                (888) 858-2144 Access Code:  6959700

Please dial in on either day to find out if this conference is for you, or to get your questions and concerns answered!

The U.S. Small Business Administration has partnered with Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, to provide veteran women with a unique training opportunity to start or grow a business. This training is open to current veteran women, active-duty women who are transitioning out of the military in the next 24 months, and a spouse or female partner of a Veteran.

Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-Wise) is a three phase training program.

In the first phase, participants will complete a self-study 15 day online course, which is focused on the basic skills of entrepreneurship and the language of business. The start date for this program will be December 18, 2012.

The second phase of the training will be a three day conference to be held at the Jacksonville Omni Hotel and Resort, 245 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 from January 10-12, 2012. All hotel and conference fees will be paid for by the Small Business Administration; however participants are responsible for a one-time registration fee of $75 and transportation to and from the conference location.

Phase three of this program will provide on-going support to veteran women through a comprehensive network of mentors and partners.

Those interested in this highly energized and exciting program should apply no later than December 14, 2012. Please apply online at

For questions related to the V-WISE program, please contact Syracuse University at (315) 443-4629 or Natalie Hall, SBA North Florida Veteran’s Representative, at (904) 443-1902.  

SBA: South Florida Nominations for 2013 Small Business and Advocates of the Year Awards

South Florida District Office

Nominations Sought For South Florida 2013 Small Business and Advocates of the Year Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for South Florida's 2013 Small Business Person of the Year and nominations in seven other award categories recognizing excellence in small business and small business advocacy.
"The South Florida Districts awards are part of the National Small Business Week (SBW) celebration," said South Florida District Director Francisco "Pancho" Marrero. "There are many outstanding entrepreneurs and small business advocates within our 24-county district. This annual awards program is our way of recognizing that excellence."
The winner of the South Florida Business Person of the Year winner will go on to compete at the state and national levels. The national winner and competitors will be honored during SBW in Washington, D.C. South Florida District winners will compete against the winners from SBA's North Florida District for state honors.
The South Florida District will judge nominations in the following award categories: Small Business Person of the Year; Small Business Exporter of the Year; Veteran Business Owner of the Year; Minority Business Owner of the Year; Woman Business Owner of the Year; Small Business Advocate of the Year; Financial Services Advocate of the Year; and Small Business Media Advocate of the Year.
Nominations can be made by any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community including trade and professional associations and business organizations.
The deadline to submit a nomination to the South Florida District Office is Jan. 3, 2013.
For more information, please call SBA South Florida District Public Affairs at: (305) 536-5521 ext. 104.
Date: 11/21/2013 Author Information: James Brooks, South Florida District Public Affairs

2013 Summer Internship at Catalyst Partners (Washington D.C.)

Summer Internship at Catalyst Partners (Washington D.C.)

Call for Applications- Catalyst Partners, located in Washington D.C. 


As an intern for Catalyst Partners, you will have an opportunity to participate in a full range of business experience. The duties will run the spectrum from the drudgery of filing documents to the exhilaration of attending a congressional hearing. You will get to attend meetings with our partners, will be expected to monitor congressional activity and write reports on what occurs. You will have the opportunity to attend seminars and conferences and, on occasion, will be expected to perform administrative duties that support the office operation.  In the process you will be exposed to our firm's partners and will learn about the areas of homeland security and homeland defense where each have built a subject matter expertise - including maritime security, aviation and transportation security, liability protection for manufacturers of anti-terrorism technology and water system monitoring and protection from terrorist incidents.  Several years ago "The Hill" newspaper named our firm one of the top Homeland Security government relations firms in Washington DC. Our clients include Boeing, Travelocity, Honeywell, Raytheon and a host of small companies.

You will be expected to keep client information completely confidential and if you are required to write any reports as a condition of your internship, you will need to eliminate any reference to the client (unless given authorization before writing the report) and to the specific work that the client is performing, as such matters are highly sensitive and likely would affect the competitive environment in which they work.

You will be expected to work not less than 20 hours a week, although you are welcome to work longer if your schedule permits. We also encourage you to "see the sights" in Washington and get to know your way around town. That is part of being an intern in Washington DC. If there is an event that you want to attend, we will be as flexible as the business climate permits.

Finally, Catalyst believes in paying its interns on a contract basis. You will NOT be an employee of Catalyst. You will receive an IRS Form 1099 at the end of the calendar year and you will be responsible for paying whatever taxes are due based upon your earnings from Catalyst and what other sources of income you have.  In the past we have paid interns in the range of $10 - $15 per hour and the exact amount you will be paid will depend upon your previous experience as well upon the full scope of work that you will likely perform. We will negotiate this amount in advance of you starting your internship.

We expect you to bring a positive, flexible, entrepreneurial and inquisitive attitude to your work. That is how we approach our work and we expect you to fit into our firm's culture.

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Timeline: Deadline is December 8th. Internship is for the summer, and based in D.C. 

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