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Getting America Working Again

I support the American Jobs Act

To create jobs, the President unveiled the American Jobs Act – nearly all of which is made up of ideas that have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans, and that Congress should pass right away to get the economy moving now.

The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans – without adding a dime to the deficit.

Meet Portland’s new District Director

Direct from the Director

Portland District Director Camron Doss

Camron Doss District Director Portland District Office

Hi Oregon and SW Washington Newsletter Subscribers –

I wanted to briefly introduce myself to you and share how excited I am to be joining the Portland District Office and taking on the role of Director.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with numerous small businesses and I’ve seen first hand how the federal government can help them grow and succeed through contracting and procurement. I got started with the federal government about 15 years ago. My first job was with the U.S. National Park Service as a Park Ranger Interpreter and an On-Campus Recruiter. After that I headed to the General Services Administration where I worked as a Real Property Management Intern, Contracting Officer, Asset Manager, Supervisory Property Manager and most recently, I was the Director of the Southern Service Center for the GSA Northwest/Artic Region.

Small businesses drive our economy here in the Portland District and across the country – and that’s one of the reasons I am so excited about my new position with the SBA. I truly believe in our mission – we are here to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.

Whether you have an idea, need a business plan or are looking to expand your current business – our office and the network of resource partners have programs and tools to assist you.

I look forward to seeing you in the community and at upcoming events and trainings.

– Camron Doss


Calvin Goings, Regional Administrator Regional Administrator Calvin Goings

Affordable Care Act, Part 2

America’s 28 million small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating two out of every three net new jobs and employing half of America’s workforce. From mom-and-pop stores and restaurants, to high-tech startups and productive manufacturers, small businesses are helping to drive our economy and create jobs in our local communities.

Many small business owners consider their employees to be part of their family, and providing benefits such as health care is one important tool they have to help retain their talented workforce and compete for skilled employees.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is committed to giving small business owners the resources they need to start and grow a business– including access to critical information about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) works.

Under the Affordable Care Act, small employers will have more options.

First, starting January 1st, 2014, small businesses with generally up to 50 full-time equivalent employees will be able to purchase health insurance through the online health insurance marketplace for small businesses, known as SHOP.

The SHOP Marketplace will offer employers a choice of qualified health plans from different private health insurers and make it easier for employers to make side-by-side comparisons between these plans, based on price and benefits.

SHOP also offers employers and their employees access to health insurance plans that must include a package of “Essential Health Benefits” like coverage for doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization and prescriptions.  Any many small employers may be eligible for tax credits of up to 50% of their premium costs if they choose to purchase coverage through SHOP.

Enrollment starts on October 1st for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

The Affordable Care Act allows small employers to offer health coverage in a way that makes sense for their business and works for their bottom line. And the SBA is committed to leveraging our resources and federal partnerships to connect you with the facts and resources you need to understand the law.

I hope you have found this information useful.  Please feel free to forward this to your friends and colleagues. If you have comments or questions for me, please contact Connie Marshall in my office at connie.marshall@sba.gov.      Sincerely, Calvin CALVIN W. GOINGS

The Affordable Care Act 101 With SBA and Small Business Majority

As part of a robust education and outreach effort, the Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are launching the Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinar series.  Small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their company and employees, including insurance reforms, the small business health care tax credit, the new health insurance marketplaces, and employer shared responsibility provisions.  Each week, SBA representatives will walk through the key pieces of the law so that small business owners can understand the facts and make the best, informed decisions they can about providing health insurance for their employees.

The Affordable Care Act 101 will take place every Thursday from now through the opening of the marketplaces in October.  Below are the registration links for the next three presentations.  Registration for later webinars will be available shortly.

Thursday, August 1 at 11:00 AM PDT: Click to Register Thursday, August 8 at 11:00 AM PDT: Click to Register Thursday, August 15 at 11:00 AM PDT: Click to Register

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Van Es at Christopher.vanes@sba.gov. Please forward this announcement to any interested stakeholders.