BBC Friday 6 Nov 2015 – Important Dept Of Labor Changes! w/ Paula Willems

It’s the thick of Autumn here at BBC, and we have a great topic this week about changes in the Federal Dept Of Labor (DOL) which could affect many of us. 

PaulaWillemsIf you are an independent contractor/consultant, or hire independent contractors, or if you have employees or will ever have employees, then you should be aware of changes the Federal Department of Labor has been working on this past year.

Two changes in particular could impact millions of workers and most businesses. Both changes are designed to help provide a fair workplace for employees, but could have significant impact on small businesses. We will discuss the DOL’s definition of what qualifies one to be an independent contractor or consultant as well as proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding Wage & Hour laws which will dramatically impact the number of employees who are exempt from overtime pay, breaks, and meal periods. 

Long time BBC Regular and OXp Supporter Paula Willems, Sound HR Services, will be joining us to talk about these riveting topics which are causing angst among business owners across the country. We’ll also discuss strategies for implementing these changes. 

Be here, be free, be businesswise. For, in a sense, as serial entrepreneurs, we’re all business wise!

So invite your friends and associates to come join us for this exciting non-virtual non-cloud event in real time and real space…and another delicious cup of BBC!

BBC@OfficeXpats – 403 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Is., Upstairs At the Pavilion

7:30-8:00 coffee/tea, visiting, informal networking
8:00-8:45  Federal DOL w/ Paula Willems
8:30-9:00 more networking, sharing, visiting

BBC Management, KaveDragen Ink, & other entrepreneurial sentients from planet BBC


Special Thank You From Founding BBC Regular Jerry Slade

Thank you one and all, after Bev’s passing, for the special gift you sent me with your expressions of love and care. As my wife and companion of 51 years, Bev was a very special person who brought laughter and sometimes tears to those who knew her, both as my gatekeeper for over 35 years with my tax business in Silicon Valley and in the last few joyful years on Bainbridge Island. I wish you all could have known her well, but I’m grateful that many of you thought so highly of her. With my friends at BBC, my business, and church, I know I’m not alone, and I will join her one day in heaven.


BBC Regulars Upcoming News & Events!

KitsapBusinessForumLogo10 November, Tuesday, 7:30-9:00 – “Thriving In A Digital World: How To Leverage The Digital Age For Growth.” @ Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort. Sponsored by the Chambers of Bainbridge, Poulsbo, Bremerton, Pt.Orchard, and Kingston. Register at

Hands-on Photoshop and Lightroom Workshop Series (with Barn Door Productions) – 6 Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM, starts soon (October 19). Cost: $150 for 12 hours of instruction. Register at Eventbrite.


NOTE — The handout with lots of great links from the business emergency preparedness presentation by Colleen Kragen is available here: Business Disaster Recovery Plan.

SoniaHawaiiSMSonia Lien, founding BBC Regular (and coauthor with Dave Kragen, From Alone To Aloha) — updates onCaringBridge. Please keep her in your thoughts & prayers. Sonia continues to live at home, Hostmark Apts. (Contact Dave for address or more info [email protected].)

BBC on Facebook: Alice David kindly set up a BBC Facebook destination: friend, post, share, bake, blog, barbecue. We remember you Alice! (

REMINDER – For BBC Regular Members: We’re building our Open/Public BBC Regulars Business Info & Contact List for a single page referral sheet and BBC website Members List. As BBC Regular Members, make your business/contact info available for the BBC community and website. Follow link (form courtesy of Annette Walker) and fill out BBC Regulars Member List contact info:

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BBC Related Links
Chamber Of Commerce &
Accelerate Kitsap, Business Support Network
Kitsap SCORE
Toastmasters – The Noon Edition
Toastmasters – The Evening Edition
Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN)
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association
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Kitsap County Emergency Management
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K. D. Kragen is a philosopher, writer, teacher, editor, husband, father and grandfather. A third generation San Franciscan, Vietnam era vet U.S. Coast Guard (1973-1977), married to Janet L. Kragen for 32 years (1977-present), K. D. is a published novelist ("The KillWare Chronicles" and "Plagueman"); he has taught logic and lectured in philosophy of art at various college and local art schools (Northwest College of Art, Trumeau College of the Arts). Presently he teaches senior citizens basic computer skills (to be able to keep in touch with children and grandchildren), does general computer maintenance, MS and Linux OS, manages a small publishing house, Scandia Patch Press, and edits and ghosts the writings of other local authors. KaveDragen Ink LLC Clean, sparkling copy is often the first impression you make on prospective clientele. Every company needs: One, the Visionary, company owner, manager. That's you! You are the market expert. You know your products and services better than anyone else. Two, the Copy-editor, the wordsmith. That's me. I supply the polish and clarity of communication needed to grab your client from the very first line.