Wednesday, September 25, 2013

US Senate Special Committee on Aging Testimony

Read Paula Calimafde's Testimony to the US Senate Special Committee on Aging on 9/25/2013

Brief Excerpt:

"Longer life expectancies are requiring increased retirement savings. Individuals
of all economic levels are far more likely to properly save for their retirement if they
participate in some form of retirement plan. According to research by the American
Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA), workers are 14 times more
likely to save in a retirement plan offered by their employer than to save through an IRA.

By using payroll deductions, these plans encourage savings because they
automatically remove the money before it ever goes into the employee’s pocket.
The retirement security of our nation’s employees is intended to rest primarily
upon three sources – often referred to as the three legged stool – Social Security, the
voluntary private retirement system and individual savings. As we know, Social Security
is basically a defined benefit system and payments are based upon an annuity type of
framework – i.e., one cannot outlive payments from Social Security. The voluntary
private retirement system is now primarily based on a defined contribution system and
the methods of payments can include annuity, instalments (most often through an IRA),
lump sum or a combination of one or more of these methods."  READ MORE

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Health Care Webinar

What Employers Need To Know Now

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
SBCA's second Webinar on health care will focus on how organizations should strategically think through health care reform now, as well as discussing some of the major compliance issues (including the delay of the “Play or Pay (or not)” provisions until 2015).  Many small business owners now think that they don’t need to do anything for another year, but nothing is further from the truth.

Our panelists:

Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP is the President and CEO of Kushner & Company, Portage, Michigan, an HR strategy and employee benefits consulting and administration firm.  He is a recognized expert in the field and is one of the nation’s most sought after speakers on HR strategy and employee benefits.  He has advised three U.S. Presidents on health care.  Gary is the SBCA VP in charge of Employee Benefits and also a member of the board of directors.

Al Martin, Esq., a partner at Lathrop & Gage LLP, Overland Park, Kansas, is a recognized national authority in the fields of business law, taxation, healthcare, and employee benefits.  He has carefully followed the 2010 federal health care reform, and has counseled employers on its impact and various techniques to deal with it.  He is the author of a book on this subject called “Healthcare Reform Facts,” and is also the author of an internet blog on the subject.  Al is the President of the SBCA and also serves as a director.

Our moderator:

Paula Calimafde, Esq. is a partner at Paley Rothman, Bethesda, Maryland and chairs the firm's Government Relations, Employee Benefits and Retirement Plan practice groups.  She can often be found on the Hill representing privately held businesses in the tax, employee benefits and health care areas and has frequently testified on the Hill on behalf of the SBCA.  She is also an authority on sophisticated estate planning.  Paula is the Chair and a director of the SBCA.

This seminar is free to SBCA and Group members and $35 for non-members. Checks should be made out to SBCA and sent to Charlie Johnson, Robinson, Grimes & Company, P.C., P.O. Box 4299, Columbus, GA 31914 in order to save your seat. 
SBCA Webinar on Health Care - What Employers Need To Know Now
Monday, September 9, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Thursday, June 13, 2013

2013 SBCA Awards Reception in Pictures

Senator Mary Landrieu receives SBCA Award
Jere Glover, former Chief Counsel of SBA Office of Advocacy, and Paula Calimafde, Chair of the SBCA, presenting the 2013 SBCA Congressional Award to Senator Mary Landrieu 

Dave Camp
Brad Knox & Congressman Dave Camp
Brad Knox Presents Chairman Dave Camp with SBCA Award
Brad Knox, SBCA Director, presenting the 2013 SBCA Congressional Award to Chairman Dave Camp
Paula Calimafde, Al Martin, Matt Kadish, Gary Kushner, Bruce Temkin
Al Martin, SBCA President, receiving the SBCA Special Achievement Award from Matt Kadish, SBCA CEO, Gary Kushner, SBCA VP and Bruce Temkin, SBCA Director

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

Small Business Council of America's Public Affairs Day Events - 5/8/13

SBCA Public Affairs Day
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Washington, D.C.
EVENT:                      Public Affairs Day             Willard InterContinental Washington
                                    10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.      Meeting of Board and Members
                                                                             The Crystal Room
1:00 p.m.                     Buffet Luncheon/The Crystal Room
LOCATION:              Willard InterContinental Washington
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
EVENT:                      Meetings on Capitol Hill
                                    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION:              Actual Times and Locations to be Determined
EVENT:                      30th Congressional Awards Reception
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  NOTE CHANGE IN TIME
LOCATION:              U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room CVC 212-10
                                    1st and E. Capitol Streets, N.E.
Washington, D.C.
We look forward to seeing you at both the meeting and reception.  Your input is valuable in helping us plan legislative strategies in the upcoming year, and your participation is vital to the success of the organization.
Complete and return the enclosed registration form today


Registration Form
SBCA May 8, 2013 Public Affairs Day Events
         I/we plan to attend all the SBCA Public Affairs Day Events
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Meeting and Luncheon
Buffet Lunch Served at 12:30 p.m.
Willard InterContinental Washington
Washington, D.C.
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Meetings on Capitol Hill
(actual times and locations to be determined)
                  I/we plan to attend only the Congressional Awards Reception
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.- Awards Reception  NOTE CHANGE IN TIME
Hors d'oeuvres and Cocktails Served
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Rm CVC 212-10
Washington, D.C.
Cost - $295.00 per person*                                                               $                     
            Please make check payable to: "SBCA”.
Those Attending:
Contact Email:                                                                                                                                 
(no later than April 26, 2013)
Small Business Council of America
clo Mrs. Leanne H. Redstone
1523 Concord Pike, Suite 300
Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 691-SBCA; (302) 691-6833 Fax
*Note:  Due to federal requirements, we are unable to allocate a separate fee for events at the Capitol.  The registration fee covers the day's events.