People get yearly checkups so why not your small business?

Just like going in for a physical at a doctor’s office, it can be a good idea to review the policies and insurance coverage of a small business. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce are working together to bring a wide range of experts to meet with small business owners about the health of their businesses at the first Small Business Health Symposium on Sept. 8.

Topics will range from health coverage to legal representation, budgeting, and educational and staff development opportunities, said Craig Kovacevich, associate vice president of Waiver Operations & Community Health Plans at UTMB.

“The symposium will give small businesses the opportunity to network and learn from each other,” Kovacevich said. “It will also encourage those small businesses to do an assessment to ensure that they are thinking through all of the critical components of their business strategy.”

UTMB representatives will also be on hand to discuss the Multi-Share Plan, previously known as the 3-Share Plan, he said. While it does not qualify as essential coverage under the health insurance exchange, the Multi-Share Plan is an affordable, sustainable health benefit plan that covers many average health care expenses, Kovacevich said.

UTMB developed the plan, the first in the state, and some businesses could qualify for subsidies from the state, Kovacevich said.

But more than just health coverage, experts will be on hand to talk about a range of topics, said Gina Spagnola, president of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. David L. Callender, president of UTMB, will welcome attendees to the symposium. Guest speakers at the symposium will include Kovacevich, Garry Kaufman, president of the Galveston Insurance Associates, Fred D. Raschke, managing partner at Mills Shirley LLP, Carolann Petters, a business consultant with Galveston County Small Business Development Center and Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College.

The two hour symposium begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be open to the public, Spagnola said.

“Just like our annual checkups we need to have checkups on our business,” she said.

WHAT: Small Business Health Symposium

WHEN: Sept. 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Open Gates, 2419 Sealy Avenue