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ASA Joins Twin Healthcare Efforts to Ease Various Provisions in Healthcare Law
American Supply Association
No matter the outcome of this month's Supreme Court ruling, one thing is certain, the Affordable Care Act remains a challenge to businesses and one that needs addressing. ASA is a part of a pair of groups working to ease this pain and bring more flexibility to our members. Both groups were formed to support bipartisan legislation that has been introduced in the House and Senate.
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Obamacare Endangers Small Business Health Coverage ... On a Technicality
Morning Consult
If you could lower health insurance premiums for small businesses by 18% next year by implementing a commonsense, bipartisan reform, would you do it? Sounds like a no-brainer. And yet the Department of Health and Human Services appears content to let this opportunity slide by. To deliver these savings, federal officials would simply need to delay a technical provision within the Affordable Care Act that aims to change the definition of the small group market. For the sake of small businesses across the country, our leaders need to do just that. Next year, the ACA will define employers with 51 to 100 workers as "small businesses" for purposes of buying health coverage.
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Study: Doctor Networks Shrinking Under ObamaCare
The Hill
The number of doctors available in many healthcare plans is shrinking under ObamaCare, forcing some patients to pay more or switch providers, according to a new report. Four in 10 healthcare plans sold through the government's marketplace have so few options that their networks are described as "small" or "extra small," according to a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Rise Up & Conquer the Challenge
American Supply Association
As a part of ASA's efforts to raise $100,000 for Operation Rise & Conquer this year, it is looking for 8-10 individuals/companies to step up and participate in the ASA ORC Leadership Development Week. This program puts participants into the shoes of an injured or disabled military veteran and gives them an opportunity to experience Operation Rise & Conquer first-hand. Taking place in beautiful Crested Butte, Colorado, July 20-24, a $3,500 contribution to ORC will go towards a donation, on-site activities, and meals for the week (hotel and airfare on own). Don't hesitate, as time is running out! MORE DETAILS

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    ASA University now has three NEW courses from Cash Acme in our Manufacturing Training! The courses are: SharkBite: PEX Tubing, SharkBite: Valves, and Cash Acme: Pressure Regulating Valves.

Also, take a look at the NEW course from InSinkErator: Hot Water 101.

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    "We utilize ASA's training to educate our staff and make them the most qualified sales force for our customers. The networking at ASA events is a huge asset and the benefit of having Dan Hilton in Washington as an advocate for our industry is immeasurable."Lindsey Portnoy Rodner, Aaron & Company, Inc.
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Learn How to 'Seal the Deal' at Network2015
American Supply Association
You're in the middle of a tough negotiation, and a question comes out of left field, a question you never expected and one for which you have no answer. What to do? The next words you say may make or break the deal. What you need to do is think quickly, then take control. Take control by attending Network2015 and being part of Negotiation Skills – Answering Difficult Questions, featuring Anthony Huey. This session will help you take control and learn pragmatic methods to take and keep control of the negotiations. Anthony Huey is the owner of Reputation Management Association, one of the nationals leading communications training and crisis consulting companies.

Find this and MANY more educational opportunities at YOUR industry event ... Network2015. Click here for full event information.

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The Corporate Divorce: Tactics for Dissolving a Business Partnership
Prairie Capital Advisors
Your business partner suddenly decides he wants to leave the company you both started twenty years ago so he can live his life-long dream. Or perhaps he has simply lost interest in the company and wants you to take over. In the worst-case scenario, you realize your personalities do not mesh after all and your business relationship is beyond repair. You both know it's time for a corporate divorce – but how do you move forward without destroying the business you have worked so hard to nurture and grow?
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Are You a Seasoned Industry Veteran Looking for Training?
American Supply Association
Well look no further! The MDM Certification Program has a Fast Track option just for you. With the MDM Fast Track you can earn your MDM Certification while sharpening your leadership skills in order to realize your leadership potential. LEARN MORE

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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Oil-Related Energy Layoffs Exceed 130,000 by Mid-year (The Desert Sun)

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to USA Today for a full archive of past articles.

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10 Ways to Grow Leaders in Your Business
There are many reasons why organizations spend enormous amounts of time and resources on developing leaders. One of the most important examples would be that "Organizations with the highest quality leaders were 13 times more likely to outperform their competition in key bottom-line metrics such as financial performance, quality of products and services, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction." If you want your organization to fall into that category, then use the following 10 tips to help develop leaders within your business.
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    EPA Releases Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities (Environmental Protection Agency)
ASA Signs Letter Supporting End to Ban on Crude Oil Exports (American Supply Association)
At Network2015, Adapt New Revenue Models (American Supply Association)

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