Washington Health Benefit Exchange – Small Businesses/Employers
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is responsible for the creation of Washington Healthplanfinder, an easily accessible, online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses to find, compare and enroll in qualified health insurance plans. Starting October 1, 2013, Washington Healthplanfinder will offer Washington State residents:
- Apples-to-apples comparisons of Qualified Health Plans (QHP)
- Tax credits or financial help to pay for copays and premiums
- Expert customer support online, by phone or in-person through a local organization, insurance broker or agent.
The Exchange works in close coordination with our state agency partners, including the Health Care Authority (Medicaid), Office of the Insurance Commissioner and the Department of Social and Health Services.
Small business owners know the value of health insurance, and good benefits can help recruit and retain employees. But finding affordable coverage can be tough. That’s why Washington Healthplanfinder Business, which is available in select southwest Washington State counties, offers small businesses quality health plans for employees, added convenience and cost savings.
There are several archived webinars and presentations on the new healthcare exchange and Affordable Care Act on the website.
Healthcare Law Online Resources (Publication 5093)
The flier has links to several federal agencies with responsibility for implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including:
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor
Small Business Administration
Internal Revenue Service
These resources will help educate individuals and businesses on how the health care law may affect them.
Online Training & Resources
Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse
Links of interest to the budding entrepreneur, the established small business owner, and the business researcher including: business plans, industry information, associations, Spanish language business documents, and publications. The research services of SBDCNET are available to SBDC Business Advisors assisting clients only through a specific request for information. These services are more in-depth and can include: market research, demographic information, basic patent and trademark searches and business maps. Contact your local SBDC for free, confidential business counseling.
SBA Small Business Training Network
Online courses on a variety of topics for small businesses, such as government contracting, financing, surviving a slow economy, and business management.
SBA and Google - "Tools for Online Success"
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Google have partnered to offer "Tools for Online Success," an array of online resources and training designed to help small business owners harness technology to grow their businesses. The site features tutorials, video testimonials, and tips from savvy small business people who have leveraged the web to become more efficient, more cost-effective, and more successful.
Washington State Small Business Guide
Plan, start, operate or grow your business in Washington State – this guide offers step-by-step instructions.
Starting & Managing A Business (SBA)
The SBA has brought together the resources you need to get your business started. Whether you’re sitting down to write your business plan, wondering about your legal obligations, or researching your financing options, you’ll find the information you need right here. After you have successfully launched your small business, you have the ongoing challenge of managing it. Find a variety of resources that will help you run your business smoothly or exit your venture, if you choose to take a different direction.
Resource lists, statistics & databases
Bureau of Labor Statistics – Resources for Business Leaders
Whether your company is looking to negotiate long-term contracts, assess employment costs, identify new markets for your products, or compare your business with others in your industry, we provide you with the detailed statistics you need to make informed decisions.
King County Library System
The Small Business Help section has a variety of resources for small business owners. Find information on starting or growing a business, links to resources for market research and demographics, legal and tax topics, financing and more.
Seattle Public Library
With many of the same resources as King County libraries, Seattle Public Library business reference staff work at the Central Library 1000 4th Avenue 7th floor. Their librarians can be accessed at www.spl.org and via phone 206-386-4686. Always ask for a business librarian. Seattle Public Library cardholders can access the library's web-based resources in business at www.spl.org/library-collection/articles-and-research/business-finance-and-fundraising.
IRS Small Business & Self Employed Tax Center
This section offers a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies, as well as industry/profession specific information for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers and businesses. There are links to information on starting and operating a business, employment taxes, tax law changes for business, business-related forms and publications, and online learning options.
IRS Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop
Nine interactive lessons designed to help new small business owners learn their tax rights and responsibilities.
IRS Video Portal
The IRS Video Portal offers video and audio presentations on tax topics for small businesses, individuals and tax professionals.
Industry Specific Tax Information
Tax information for specific industries and professions.