Businesses to get free health care help

The Greater Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and Tuality Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Providence Health Plans are teaming up to host a health insurance exchange conference designed for small-business owners on May 31, from 8 to 11:15 a.m. at the Tuality Health Education Center, 334 S.E. Eighth Ave. in Hillsboro.

The free conference, entitled “Navigating the Affordable Care Act: Focus on Small Business,” is intended to provide guidance for business owners as they seek to navigate the new health-insurance exchange marketplace that goes into effect Oct. 1, 2013. The event will feature experts from the health-insurance industry, Cover Oregon (the new central marketplace where individuals and employers will be able to compare insurance plans and access government financial assistance information), and the Community Assistors group, which is charged with answering health insurance questions.

The event will feature a continental breakfast and plenty of time for questions and answers.

The Health Insurance Marketplace website is a result of the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform act President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010.

“Negotiating the new health insurance exchange is a complex proposition,” said Deanna Palm, president of the chamber. “What we hope to accomplish with this summit is to give small-business owners the tools they need to successfully navigate the plans that take effect in October.”

To sign up for this event, visit

All welcome to walk for 4-H scholars

All comers are invited to register by June 7 to participate in the 4-H Dollars-for-Scholars Walk-a-Thon at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22. Money will go toward scholarships for 4-H graduating seniors in Washington County. Walkers who raise more than $30 in pledges earn raffle tickets as well. The fundraiser will be at Hare Field, 1151 N.E. Grant St. in Hillsboro, with sign-in beginning at 9 a.m. To register, fill in the form found at 535960023114878 or send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Small businesses get tech help

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a technology-focused Build Your Business Workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Resource One President Jim Kinnier will speak on how technology can make your company more efficient, productive and responsive to customers. Business owners outside of Hillsboro are welcome. To reserve a space, go to or contact Chamber President Deanna Palm at 503-726-2146 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members or guests.

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