Small Businesses Prepare for Healthcare Reform

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM EDT

Small businesses are preparing for healthcare reform. A special report in this week's Business First looks at the insurance industry. Experts say small-business owners who don't have strong relationships with their health insurance brokers should begin developing them. The report says 88 percent of small businesses in New York State are insured through brokers. New York is preparing to launch its health exchange later this year. Many businesses will have questions about exchanges and they should contact brokers to lead them through the process. You can get more advice in this week's Business First.

Business First is out with a list of the most frugal school districts in WNY, based on data from the New York State Education Department. Researchers say Lancaster tops the list, spending $12,894 per student. Frontier is next at $13,600. Royalton-Hartland is just below $14,000. Iroquois is 4th, followed by Clarence, both at about $14,500. The average for NYS is more than $20,000. You can get breakdowns for all 98 WNY school districts at http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2013/02/20/lancaster-spends-the-least-of-any-wny.html.

Nominations are due February 22 for the Business First 2013 Manufacturing awards. You can get a nomination form at: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/nomination/43391
Business First will present the awards in May.