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Small businesses prepare for health care reform changes


Some of the biggest names in state government and small business came to central Wisconsin to talk jobs. Governor Scott Walker held his annual Small Business Summit in Stevens Point.

On Wednesday, the topics mainly focused on health care reform. What does it mean for businesses? And what will it change?

Small business owner Jeny Nieuwenhuis has a long to do list. Right at the top, getting her company ready for health care reform.

"It's been really difficult for us and our clients just helping them comply with regulatory updates and changes," explained Nieuwenhuis.

Nieuwenhuis is the president of REI Engineering in Wausau. The company has been around since the 90's. It employs about 40 people, and because of that, health care reform will bring big changes to her business. She has to decide if she'll continue to provide the same insurance, get rid of employees, or cut hours.

"We informed the team once again just to be aware that these changes are going to be coming and we're all going to have to be part of the solution which is going to be a financial burden on everyone," said Nieuwenhuis.

That's why she's at the business summit along with more than 100 small business owners.

"It's nice to hear other stories of businesses when they stand up and ask questions about the struggles they're having and people willing to share what has worked and what has not worked," she explained.

The summit is in its third year. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch says it's a good way to bring businesses together.

"The more we nurture the growth of our small businesses, it creates a rising tide for all ships," said Kleefisch.

So as these small business owners look ahead to change, they say it's all about being prepared.

Governor Scott Walker was the keynote speaker at the event.

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