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Volume 5, Issue 3


March 2007

CMBA Meeting Notes
Health Insurance & Crime Prevention

During the February CMBA meeting, Meng Su, an independent insurance broker/consultant, presented information on Health Insurance for Small Business. She explained the history of Oregon health insurance including SB152 Insurance Reform, effective in 1997, which governs Small Employer Health Insurance.
The CMBA is beginning to investigate group health insurance as a possible member benefit. Meng Su explained that Oregon regulators are currently revising association guidelines and carriers are waiting for updates before offering association plans. At this point, she said that the seven carriers she contacted indicated that they were not interested or would require a 500 or 1000 headcount to quote rates for CMBA. Meng Su can be contacted at 503-649-2067 or if you have health insurance questions.

We also heard from Doreen Rivera, Crime Prevention Officer for the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Her job is to “educate people on how to keep businesses and homes safe.” Doreen is willing to visit your business and perform a safety audit. She will then offer suggestions for crime prevention – including burglary, shoplifting, and employee theft. Her prior experience includes working as a retail loss prevention officer for Target. Doreen will be sharing crime prevention tips at future CMBA meetings. Please contact her at 503-846-5930 or email to arrange for a safety audit at your business.

The next meeting of the CMBA will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at noon in the Cedar Mill Community Library meeting room. The topic will be, “How the Small Business Administration Can Help Your Business.” Also Bill Rawson, CMBA President, will present the concept drawings for the new banner designs and other Cedar Mill identity pieces. Please join us!



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