Northwest Minnesota SBDC hosting Sept. 18 Affordable Healthcare Act seminar

The 2010 Affordable Care Act changed the landscape for health insurance in the United States, and the Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center will offer a three-hour workshop to help understand what those changes mean to small businesses in the northern Minnesota region.

Northwest Technical CollegeThe seminar, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation facility in downtown Bemidji, will cover a variety of topics related to the Affordable Care Act. The seminar will feature information on Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, insurance taxes and insurance rules going into effect, including essential health benefits, rating rules, mandate for certain employers to provide qualifying health coverage to employees, date report requirements for employers and much more. Time will also be included forquestions and answers.

The seminar carries a cost is $10 per person. To register, contact Amanda Nygaard at (218) 299-3037 or

To learn more, contact the Northwest Small Business Development Center, (218) 755-4255,

The Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center is one of nine regional offices throughout the state of Minnesota providing free, confidential, one-on-one business consulting services to existing and start-up businesses on a variety of business topics. The centers are a federal, state and locally funded program. The center’s goal is to provide professional, one-on-one business assistance including development, financial projections, expansion, diversification, franchising, loan packaging, patents, marketing plans and business planning. The center also cooperates with many organizations to provide a variety of business training workshops and events.

Minnesota’s centers are hosted by Concordia College Offutt School of Business; the Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center has an office on the campus of Northwest Technical College in Bemidji. For more information, visit


• Jaimee Meyer, associate director, Northwest and West-Central Minnesota Small Business Development Centers; (218) 755-2257,


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About Northwest Technical College
Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, is an open, inviting technological learning organization. For more than 40 years, the college has valued life-long learning and the worth and dignity of all people. Its open-enrollment policy, affordable tuition and high-quality education have attracted a diverse group of learners; today, the College serves more than 1,600 learners. The college offers more than 40 degree programs in areas such as business, health, human and protective services and environmental and industrial technology career programs. Classes are offered on the Bemidji campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. For more, visit