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 Mickey's Mail - 2/28/18 - So Many Great Events

 
Instead of a blog this week, I thought I would offer up some pictures of the past 16 months since I took on the role of BRBC’s President and CEO. 
 
It has been a great ride with our region’s premier business association. We’d need a thousand pictures to do justice to all our events, our affiliates, our influence, and most of all, to all our members and their incredible employees who do us proud every day.
 
Our events bring us together - they are just one of the many ways the BRBC connects commerce and community to create a better Bridgeport Region!
 
My first picture above of me and Valerie Senew, First Vice President & Senior Growth Manager, People's United Bank is just one of many great photos from our Networking Extravaganza at People's United Bank just last week. You'll see more on our Facebook page later this week and in next week's Monday Morning Memo.
 
I hope you enjoy my walk down memory lane with all the photos showcased below.
 

February 26, 2018

Jeff Harris | Business Benefits Consultant AFLAC Connecticut/RI
 
Why Supplemental Health Insurance is a Smart Investment for Small Business

In the unsettling health insurance markets of today, it is a significant challenge for small businesses to meet their employee’s health insurance needs while balancing the cost of providing coverage. Many small businesses cannot afford to provide major medical due to the high cost, even with employee contribution.  In a survey of companies in 2017, 10% of companies planned to increase employee copays, 18% planned increases to employee contributions, and 8% planned on increasing deductibles.  Additionally, 3% of companies were forced to move their plans to the government exchange.

 Mickey's Mail - 2/21/18 - Government 101 Redux

Government 101!
 
This past Friday, we elected to try something new at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC). One of our four pillars is government relations and political advocacy, so we decided to hold a morning-long seminar we entitled “Government 101, and it was all about how a bill becomes a law in our state government.  
 
Event attendees characterized our seminar as “one of the best things the BRBC has ever done”. Hyperbole? Maybe, but I must tell you that I have been following state government the entire 4+ decades I have been in Connecticut and have testified many times up in Hartford and this seminar was an eye-opener for me. So much so that I am going to somewhat randomly list below some of the things I learned from the event. And we are already talking about holding this event again, perhaps before the long session of the legislature next year.  

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