United Way of the Midlands will host a free breakfast for small businesses on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 1800 Main Street from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Affordable Care Act expert Ted A. Kirchharr will speak about how health care reforms affect small businesses, and what business owners and employees can do to prepare for these reforms. There will also be a panel discussion featuring Frank Knapp, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce; Rozalynn Goodwin, South Carolina Hospital Association; and Mac Bennett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. Prospective participants can register at www.uway.org.

The breakfast aims to engage members of the Midlands small business community in an open discussion about the questions and concerns health care reform presents to small businesses. Participants have the opportunity to network with professionals from a variety of fields and talk to experts who can offer real solutions.

“Everyone benefits when we live in a community where business owners and employees have access to work and grow in an environment that offers competitive and stable professional opportunities,” said Mac Bennett. “And we aim to help these professionals become aware of the choices they have in obtaining quality health care.”

Ted A. Kirchharr is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Landrum Professional and Landrum Consulting. Mr. Kirchharr is the author of the book “The Busy Business Owner’s Guide to Health Care Reform: What You Need to Know.” In his role at Landrum, Mr. Kirchharr has helped hundreds of organizations pursue strategic planning, institute quality management, hone organizational development, instill leadership training and improve employee engagement.

For more information please contact Claudia Brooks at 803-733-5112 or cbrooks@uway.org.

About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands is the most organized efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With more than 80 certified partner agencies, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations. For more information please visit www.uway.org.

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