Forum set for business owners |

Forum set for business owners

FRISCO – Gov. Bill Owens is encouraging small business owners in the High Country to attend an open forum with the Small Business Council Sept. 18 at the new Community and Senior Center in Frisco.

The forum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A segment of the forum will be dedicated to health insurance issues. Joining the council will be a representative from the state insurance commissioner’s office, as well as a health care policy analyst from the Governor’s Office and the grant coordinator for the Health Resources Services Administration. Owens formed the bipartisan Small Business Council to identify problems and opportunities for small businesses in Colorado and to make recommendations for regulatory change. The council is holding this forum to learn about problems and opportunities facing mountain region small business owners.

Members of the council know insurance is on the minds of many small-business owners. Some in Breckenridge said last month they saw up to 33-percent increases in the cost of health insurance they offer to employees. And earlier this week, the Denver Post reported health insurance costs are going to take another 12 percent hike. The expenses are getting to be too much for some business owners, who end up passing the increases on to employees, taking a hit in their own bottom line or discontinuing insurance programs all together.

Local small businesses are asked to come share their experience, needs and opinions on health insurance and other small-business issues. The Small Business Council will report its findings to the governor’s office.

The forum will be held in the Summit County Community and Senior Center’s Hoosier Room at the entrance to the County Commons in Frisco. For more information, call (970) 389-7140, e-mail, or fax (970) 668-3216.

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