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Healthcare Changes to do More Harm than Good
American Supply Association
Last week, ASA and more than a dozen business groups wrote to the Secretary of Health and Human Services asking the department to grant a two-year delay of the expansion of the small group market. Health policy experts from both sides of the political spectrum agree that the ACA's upcoming revision to the definition of a "small group" will do more harm than help. Supporters of the delay, such as ASA, want it kept at 50 or fewer employees. But that will double to 100 under a provision in the law starting in 2016. Georgetown University's Sabrina Corlette said she thinks moving the definition to 100 or fewer workers will lead to many frustrated employers because of premium increases. Joe Antos from the American Enterprise Institute said the change is "unnecessary" and "it's going to mess up the risk pools." To see our letter, click here.
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Healthcare Expert Confirmed for Legislative Fly-In
American Supply Association
Because healthcare remains one of the most concerning issues to small-business owners and our members, ASA will be pushing Congress to reopen this flawed law and make the changes needed to bring more relief to businesses. In preparation to "take the Hill" and meet with their elected officials, Fly-in attendees will hear from the Chamber of Commerce's Executive Director, Health Policy, one of the preeminent experts who has been immersed in this topic since the law's been written. Don't delay, sign up yourself or a key member of your management team today. REGISTER NOW
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Facilitating Job Growth in the Industry
American Supply Association
One of ASA's strategic objectives is to increase the number of talented workers taking advantage of attractive career opportunities in the PHCP-PVF industry. In 2015, the Board of Directors has approved an outreach campaign to connect potential new employees with ASA member companies. When promoting jobs within the industry to high schools, veterans and active service members, and colleges, ASA will direct job seekers to your website, which should have a link or contact information for the correct person within your company for any potential career opportunities. Check out ASA's Careers Page to post available positions, view upcoming career events near you and to see what else ASA is doing to facilitate job growth in our industry.
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Supply House Times to Publish Annual Premier 150
American Supply Association
Supply House Times, the official publication of the American Supply Association, in conjunction with BNP Media Market Research, is currently conducting their annual Premier 150 survey. The survey ranks the top PHCP wholesalers by their reported sales for the past year. This year's survey is based on sales for fiscal 2014, and, as always, individual company sales are not disclosed. ASA member PHCP wholesaler-distributors are encouraged to click here to take part in the survey. Surveys need to be completed by March 15.
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ASA UNIVERSITY BLOG FEATURE

    Considerations for the Establishment of Corporate Core Competencies
Many organizations today have established a set of guiding principles called "Core Competencies" that help place focus on some of the most important priorities. Core Competencies have a similar function to a Mission Statement. They set the tone and communicate to employees, customers, vendors, and communities a set of behavioral expectations. Click here to learn more about Core Competencies and how they can help your organization.





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    "ASA is the ONLY association that allows our company the opportunity to meet and network with member wholesalers from buying groups, national chains and independents. As a PVF manufacturer, the IPD division continues to add even more value."Larry Dildine, The Phoenix Forge Group
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Building Change Intelligence and Team Building in Tough Times
American Supply Association
Change is both a mindset and a behavior issue, and there is a formula that creates lasting benefits. Learn about your leadership style and how to adapt it to facilitate even stronger working relationships and to build even more effective teams. During this one-day seminar April 23 in Chicago, led by Barbara Trautlein, Ph.D., you will learn how to build a better team with a mindset to laser focus on vision, strategy, working together and a sharper skillset. Trautlein is a leading authority on change leadership and the author of Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks, and creator of the CQ/Change Intelligence System. REGISTER NOW
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Ownership Succession Planning — The Future of Your Business
American Supply Association
Join us as we hear from an industry expert on how to tackle ownership transition and related liquidity issues that face every business owner. Do you know the pros and cons of alternative exit strategies? This session, on April 27 in Chicago, will provide key takeaways for you – such as questions to ask yourself and your management team, selling your business to a third party or internal sale as well as the right time sell from a valuation standpoint. Speaking on the topic, Robert Gross provides more than three decades of experience engaged solely in valuation, ownership transition, capital management, financial transactions and more. REGISTER NOW
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: January California Drought Declared the Worst Ever (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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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal
The Associated Press via Industrial Distribution
The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers. More than 1,000 dockworker assignments were filled Feb. 22 at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, more than double the number of recent Sundays. More than 2,000 were expected to be filled on Feb. 23, port officials said.
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Training Employees for Motivation and Retention
About.com
One key factor in employee motivation and retention is the opportunity employees want to continue to grow and develop job and career enhancing skills. In fact, this opportunity for employees to continue to grow and develop through training is one of the most important factors in employee motivation.
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Expert: Impact of Steelworkers' Strike Unclear
CNBC
Concern over the United Steelworkers' largest strike in 35 years grew Feb. 22, as it entered its fourth week. The strike spreads over 12 oil refineries and affects about 20 percent of the U.S.' production. Nevertheless, one expert suggests that more information is required to assess the strike's full impact on the U.S. and world economy.
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