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Event: Horizons Economic Forecast 2020 on Jan. 15

Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber for this breakfast event with the 2020 annual forecast of the area’s economic well-being. These insights on the local, regional and national aspects of the economy make this an invaluable event for local businesses who want assistance in determining their business outlook.

  • Event: Horizons Economic Forecast 2020
  • Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Time: 7 – 9 a.m.
  • Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center
  • Address: 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Cost: $100 pre-paid ($110 walk-in) for members; $120 pre-paid ($140 walk-in) for non-members; $1,000 corporate table sponsor; $1,200 premier table sponsor
  • Questions: Contact Alison Bryan

The Tacoma Chamber is an association partner of the Business Health Trust.

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Event: Toast of Seattle at Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle – Broadway on Jan. 17

Bring in the new year with new connections that are guaranteed to broaden your professional network! Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the Silver Cloud Broadway to kick off the first Toast of Seattle of the year. With three rounds of structured networking, you’re guaranteed to meet new professional contacts, and have a great time!

About the Host

The Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle – Broadway has a lovely design and energy to offer in this trendy neighborhood of Capitol Hill. This downtown Seattle hotel welcomes travelers for both business and leisure. Located just nine blocks away from the downtown area Silver Cloud offers fine restaurants, shopping and theaters. They are also proud to present their very own restaurant Jimmy’s on Broadway which offers the same energetic atmosphere and culinary experience as other popular Jimmy’s locations.

About Toast of Seattle

The Toast of Seattle is one of the Chamber’s most successful networking programs. We take the stress out of networking with three structured rounds — in the style of speed dating! Each person at a table has two minutes to introduce themselves and speak about their business. At the end of each round, everyone changes tables and starts again. You’re guaranteed to meet over 20 people in 2 hours, and will, without a doubt, have a great time!

The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

Get Tips for a Stress-Free, Fun-Filled Thanksgiving

Let the holiday season be all about fun, family and wellness with help from the November edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust. From 8 simple holiday hosting tips to flu shot resources and more, our wellness partners have you covered!

If you’re not already a subscriber, click here to receive our wellness tips in your inbox each month and see past editions.

More importantly, have a stress-free, fun-filled Thanksgiving!

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Access HR Support at a Discount as a Business Health Trust Member

As a Business Health Trust member, you already have free access to valuable HR resources through your complimentary Archbright Online Membership.

For Business Health Trust members who want additional HR support, Business Health Trust and Archbright have also partnered to provide an exclusive Bronze membership just for you.

2019 Bronze Membership, exclusive to Business Health Trust Online Members

Bronze membership provides access to key resources to help support your company’s HR function, including:

  • HR Hotline — HR compliance guidance at your fingertips. Simply email or call our HR Advisors with your HR concerns and questions.
  • HR Toolkit — Online access to hundreds of vetted policies, forms and keynotes.
  • Publications & eAlerts — Our monthly newsletter Insights and email bulletins on important compliance news.
  • HR Snapshot — A quick online assessment of the health of your HR function.
  • Archbright Surveys — Survey Reports included for first year of membership. Then, participate in a survey and receive the report for free.
  • HR Recertification Credits — Employees of member companies can earn up to 12 HRCI credits due to Archbright membership.
  • 10% Discount on List Price for Services (some exceptions apply).
  • 20% discount off your first 12 months’ dues.

Current 2019 Bronze dues: $149/month (reg. price)

Business Health Trust’s 2019 Bronze Dues: $119.20/month (20% off)

Dues are subject to change for 2020, but your 20% discount terms apply!

To find out more about Bronze membership, visit Archbright.com, or contact info@archbright.com, 206.329.1120 or 509.381.1635.

Prepare for Flu Season with Business Health Trust

With cold and flu season just getting started, now is the time to get your flu shot if you haven’t already. It’s easy to do if you’re enrolled in Business Health Trust’s medical coverage through Premera Blue Cross or Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical with Kaiser Permanente, the flu vaccine is covered as an in-network preventive service for all Kaiser Permanente members; deductibles and coinsurance my apply.

Flu vaccinations are available at all Kaiser Permanente medical offices. Get your vaccine during a regular appointment, or drop by your clinic between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some injection rooms are closed at lunchtime). You can also get your vaccine at a CareClinic inside several Bartell Drugs locations.

Learn more about Immunizations, vaccinations, and shots: What they are and how they can save your life.

Premera Blue Cross

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical with Premera Blue Cross, your flu shot is free* if you go to an in-network doctor or pharmacy. Employers can make it even easier to support a healthy workplace by setting up an on-site flu shot clinic.

Not sure whether the flu vaccine is for you? Read these 5 popular myths about the flu shot.

*If the flu shot is your only reason for your office visit, the visit will be fully covered. If you have other care or services as part of the office visit, you may responsible for all or part of the cost of the visit. You may need to pay up-front at your pharmacy. Go to premera.com to download and submit a medical claim form to be reimbursed.

Savor the Immune-Boosting Flavors of Fall with Our Healthy Living E-Newsletter

The falling leaves of autumn are a good excuse to head outside to enjoy the season, as well as a reminder to take advantage of the bountiful harvest that awaits. This month’s edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust features the flavors of fall with an immune-boosting Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili along with tips to help you manage your sugar cravings — just in time for the holidays!

If you’re not already a subscriber, click here to receive our wellness tips in your inbox each month and see past editions.

Business Health Trust Now Offered Through Yakima and Thurston Chambers

Business Health Trust partners with regional chambers and business associations throughout Washington state to help their member companies offer quality, affordable employee benefits like health insurance.

In an effort to continue to expand access to our robust program offerings, we’re excited to announce the addition of two more regional Chambers of Commerce:

The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce join a diverse list of Business Health Trust partner associations that includes:

You can join any of these partner associations, regardless of where your business is located, which will automatically qualify you for one of our 13 Industry group memberships (at no additional cost), and all the advocacy, resources and savings that go along with it.

Business Health Trust makes joining your chosen partner association easy and part of your enrollment, just choose your association when you sign up. If your business is outside one of these regions, you can still be covered by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Learn more about Business Health Trust and its partners via the Who We Are page.

Event: All-Chamber After Hours on Oct. 10

Hang out with 300+ networkers and local business organizations at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual All-Chamber After Hours! Hear about what these groups are doing in the community and learn how you can get involved, all while enjoying tasty apps and drinks, fun, and entertainment at Maslow’s by FareStart.

  • Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Maslow’s by FareStart
  • Address: 380 Boren Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98109 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of 10/3) for members; $30 pre-paid ($60 as of 10/3) for non-members
  • Additional Information: This event is 21 and over
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

Event: Seattle Chamber’s Business After Hours Board Summer Social

Wild about networking? Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the Business After Hours Board Summer Social hosted by the Woodland Park Zoo! You can mix and mingle with other local business professionals as well as members of the Chamber’s Board of Trustees, and maybe even meet an animal or two.

  • Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th Street, Seattle, WA, 98103 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of 6/20) for members; $30 pre-paid ($60 as of 6/20) for non-members
  • Additional Information: Check out the Chamber’s Summer Networking Pass and save! This is a 21 and over event.
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at (206) 389-7345

For more information, including the list of attending board members, please see the event listing on the Seattle Chamber’s website. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust; learn more about Business Health Trust’s partner associations on the Who We Are page.

Resources to Help Small Businesses Comply with Seattle’s New Commuter Benefits Ordinance

Another ordinance is on the horizon that could affect small businesses based in Seattle. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, businesses with more than 20 employees will be required under the city’s Commuter Benefits Ordinance to offer their employees the opportunity to make a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction for transit or vanpool expenses.

For Seattle employers not already providing a commuter benefit that meets this new criteria, Business Health Trust has resources available to help its members.

Through its partnership with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, companies enrolled in Business Health Trust have access to discounts through Chamber partners including Commute Seattle, which can work with you to develop a cost-effective commute program that satisfies regulatory requirements.

More than just a benefits solution, Business Health Trust advocates for small business insurance needs in Washington. We are vigilant about staying on top of changes in the small business health insurance market and advocating for changes that benefit small businesses — nationally, and at the state and local level.

For more information on the Commuter Benefits Ordinance, click the following links:

For more information about the discounts available through Seattle Chamber membership, check out the Member Savings Toolkit or email membership@seattlechamber.com.

For more information or to be connected with Business Health Trust’s resources at Archbright or Commute Seattle, email info@businesshealthtrust.com.