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miEdge Co-founder and Chief Data Officer advocates for NH Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington, DC

New Boston NH - Richard Lowney, miEdge Co-Founder and Chief Data Officer and his wife Lynda Lowney traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for the 31,000 children served by New Hampshire’s 13 Boys & Girls Clubs. Lowney is President of the NH Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. Lynda Lowney is also a long-time supporter, having served on the board of the Souhegan Boys and Girls Club.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America convened a consortium of thought leaders in Washington to discuss the crisis facing America’s youth, their communities and law enforcement. Boys & Girls club executives and youth members from 40 states participated in round tables, and meetings with a total of 80 Senators and 149 House members. Law enforcement and drug enforcement professionals also participated in the discussions. 

With a Club in every Congressional District, Boys & Girls Clubs of America took the first step in establishing a public-private partnership to create an action-focused group that will build bridges in communities around the country where police shootings and violence have disconnected many youth; and drugs continue to destroy lives.

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miEdge™ Releases fully customizable Salesforce CRM integration on the AppExchange

New Boston, NH – January 17th, 2017- miEdge, the premier provider of prospecting data and analytic solutions to the insurance industry, announced today the completion of its integration to Salesforce CRM. This is the most advanced integration by a Form 5500 data prospecting solution to offer Employee Benefits, Financial Services and Property & Casualty professionals connectivity to the Salesforce CRM platform.

The miEdge Salesforce CRM integration allows customers to match and append their lead or account data as well as keep the records updated with the latest data on an ongoing basis. miEdge uses its proprietary business logic and unique numbering system to provide the cleanest and most up to date information on the market. miEdge Enterprise subscribers now have the combined benefits of both the data-rich miEdge prospecting solution and the full range of Salesforce tools for an unprecedented competitive advantage.

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miEdge in conjunction with SourceMedia provides the 2016 top 50 large-group employee benefits brokerages in the U.S.

New Boston, NH – January 12th, 2017, miEdge™ the premier provider of Form 5500 health & welfare, financial and analytic solutions, announced market place ranking* for the top 50 large-group employee benefits insurance brokerages in the U.S. 

Mark Smith, Founder & CEO of miEdge comments, "This ranking is unique, independent and provides very interesting analysis. The top 50 brokers and consultants on this list now control 57% of the current Large Group commissions. Although this is only up 500 basis points on 2015 it represents over $300 million in additional commissions. We see this trend continuing for the forseeable future with continued consolidation and new entrants to the marketplace like the recent announcement of Alera Group.  Mercer is still the industry leader with the merger of Towers and Willis cementing 2nd place.”

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miEdge™ donates new iMac and printer to New Boston Central School

New Boston, NH – December 7th, 2016, Students at New Boston Central School, New Boston, NH are taking another step up in technology thanks to the donation of a new iMac desktop computer and color printer from miEdge. Mark Smith, Founder and CEO of the New Boston based miEdge, presented the new iMac to Principal, Tori Underwood on October 13th, 2016.

Mark Smith, Founder and CEO said, “As a business owner in New Boston, I am excited to help my local school district acquire new technology, since I know it can be a lengthy process to acquire funding for new computers and other technology for teachers, para-professionals and students. New and current technology is critical to student’s education in today’s world.”

 

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10 things benefits pros should know about 5500s but probably don’t

#10 Employers with a health and welfare benefit plan with 100 or more participants on the first day of the ERISA plan year are required to file an annual Form 5500 and related schedules
Employers with fewer than 100 participants are generally not required to file an annual Form 5500 unless the benefits are funded through a trust or a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA). If the ERISA Plan is under a Trust or MEWA, the Form 5500 is required to be filed regardless of the number of participants. Additionally governmental and true church plans [as defined under ERISA section 3(33)] are exempt from the filing requirements.  Please note: Participant counts for a health and welfare Form 5500 include enrolled employees, former employees enrolled under COBRA, retirees (if applicable) and those eligible for COBRA but have not yet elected coverage.

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miEdge Chief Data Officer, Richard V Lowney Honored by Boys and Girls Clubs

New Boston, NH - November 1st, 2016, Boys and Girls Clubs of America presented its prestigious “Heart of the Region Award” to New Hampshire Alliance board President, Richard Lowney. The award is the organization’s highest regional honor bestowed upon board members. Lowney, an Amherst resident, received the award at the BGCA 2016 Northeast Leadership Conference on October 27, in Manchester, NH.

Dusty Miller, BGCA National Area Council Board Member, stated “Rich Lowney is an invaluable leader and inspiration to Boys & Girls Clubs not only in New Hampshire, but throughout New England and across the country.”

The award recognizes Lowney for his outstanding dedication to the Boys and Girls Club Movement. Lowney was raised in Malden, Massachusetts and is a proud alumnus of the Charlestown, Massachusetts Boys & Girls Club.

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miEdge in conjunction with SourceMedia provides Top 10 large company 401(k) plans

New Boston, NH – October 14th, 2016, miEdge™ the premiere provider of Form 5500 health & welfare prospect and data analytic solutions, announced the top 401(k) plans based on company plan size with more than 1,000 actively enrolled employees.  Familiar names lead the list including IBM Corp., Boeing and Wells Fargo.

The miEdge data comes from Form 5500 filings with the U.S. Department of Labor as of July 30th, 2016.  Government entities such as cities, towns, school districts and federal offices as well as church plans as defined by ERISA are exempt from filing and are not included. 

Additionally, participation percentages for each company include retirement or former employees who have left employment with the company, but still have their plan/balances in, accounting for participation rates of more than 100%. 

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How top employee benefit brokerage firms stand out from their competition

Where the top-grossing brokerages in the U.S. are headed next
By Kathleen Koster, Published July 27th, 2016, Employee Benefits Advisor

Among the top five large-group brokerages in each state, both large national firms and fierce independent brokerages cream the crop. What they all share is a focused sales strategy and strong commitment to their employees. The list is the latest released by miEdge, a Boston-based consultancy, which determines the top large-group brokerages based on revenue from the Department of Labor schedules of Form 5500 filings.

“The beauty of our rankings is that they are the only rankings that give a level playing field look at [the top advisory firms],” explains Mark Smith, CEO of miEdge. There’s no self-disclosure, he adds, so “there’s no overstatement or understatement; it’s a very clean look at the marketplace by state.”

 

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miEdge™ announces technology readiness to incorporate DOL proposed Form 5500 changes to include employers with under 100 eligible employees

New Boston, NH – July 14th, 2016, miEdge™ the premiere provider of Form 5500 health & welfare prospecting and data analytic solutions, announced today their technology readiness to incorporate the proposed Form 5500 changes for under 100 participants, effective for plan years 2019. The proposed changes would expand Form 5500 reporting requirements to include employers with under 100 participants for both fully funded and self-funded employee benefit health & welfare plans.

Mark Smith, Founder & CEO of miEdge comments, “The proposed changes to include every employer, regardless of size, will significantly advance our ability to provide data in the miEdge prospecting solutions. The proposed changes will add millions of employers that did not previously need to file and the greater the transparency, the more competitive the free market becomes.  The proposed changes will ultimately benefit the employers themselves.”

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miEdge™ in conjunction with SourceMedia provides Top 10 fastest growing brokerages with over $50 million in large group revenues

New Boston, NH – June  6th, 2016, miEdge™ the premiere provider of Form 5500 health & welfare prospect and data analytic solutions, announced the first ever marketplace ranking* for the top 10 fastest growing brokerages with over $50 million in large group revenues. 

#10 Gallagher Benefit Services 
#9  Brown & Brown
#8  Mercer Health and Benefits
#7  Willis Towers Watson
#6  Lockton Companies
#5  Marsh & McLennan Agency
#4  HUB International
#3  Alliant Insurance Services
#2  NFP
#1  AON Consulting

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  • miEdge has been the most effective prospecting software I have ever used. I literally feel like I'm cheating every time I log in.

    Anthony R. Cabana

    Vice President-Benefits, Cross Insurance

    1100 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101

  • miEdge is the first tool we have found that can provide us real time 5500 data intelligence. The data is up to date and accurate so we feel confident using its dynamic search feature to find companies that may be out of compliance. As a UBA member firm, our partnership with miEdge is invaluable.

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    Vice President, Granite Group Benefits

    Elm St., Ste 301, Manchester, NH 03101

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