State of Iowa Withdraws the Stop Gap Measure as a Health Insurance Options for 2018

Last month I wrote about the Stop Gap Measure that the State of Iowa had submitted to the federal government as a one year emergency plan to provide health insurance at a reasonable premium for individuals who do not have access to coverage through an employer.  On October 20, the State of Iowa withdrew their request as there was not time to continue the conversation with CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) the department of the government that was overseeing the request. (more…)

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Small Business Success Summit

The purpose of the Small Business Success Summit is to inform, educate and inspire business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM). This event will be the premier business conference of 2017. The Summit will host keynote speakers, workshops and breakout sessions on a variety of timely topics that affect business owners and managers. Attendees will also have time to network and establish strategic partnerships.

2017 Small Business Summit Event Details

  • Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Location: FFA Enrichment Center, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, Iowa 50023
  • Time: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Cost: $79 for Members, $99 for nonmembers — Includes keynotes and food (breakfast, lunch and hors d’oeuvres)


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Can we ban visible tattoos and piercings in the workplace?

Tattoos and body piercings are forms of pure expression. For some individuals, these can hold personal meaning and/or emotion. It can be a way to express one’s religious faith, cover a scar, remember a deceased loved one, or symbolize a cultural rite of passage. Since these forms of art are fully protected under the Constitution First Amendment, can you legally make your employees cover them up? 


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Is it Time to Cut the Money Cord?

Now that my husband and I have entered the ‘empty nest’ population we are taking a good look at our finances and realize it may be time to start cutting the “money cord” with our adult children. We have successfully raised our boys…. which you all know is NOT cheap…we’ve bought them cars, put them through college….now we feel it’s our turn. Here is what I have learned (and am still learning)…. (more…)

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