Posted 5/10/13 at 11:17 AM | Christian Post |
The popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is holding its annual Leadercast today in Atlanta, Georgia. Thousands of business owners, nonprofit directors and church leaders are attending seminars and networking at the leadership training event.
(Special Note: Throughout the day CP will be updating this blog to include quotes from conference speakers.)
Author John Maxwell inspired the event by advocating an affordable leadership training event.
Conference attendees are sharing on Twitter favorite quotes from conference speakers with the hashtag #CFALeadercast.
A. Larry Ross, the well known Christian publicist is attending the year's event.
This year's list of speakers includes time management expert David Allen, author Dr. Henry Cloud, emcee Tripp Crosby, author Michael Hyatt, basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, author John Maxwell, Navy Seal Rorke, Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, pastor Andy Stanley and Jack Welch the former CEO of General Electric. FULL POST
Posted 5/8/13 at 1:39 PM | John Dillard |
Duluth/Gwinnett CPA: Should You Start a Home Based Business?
Starting a Home Based Business for the Tax Deductions
First and Foremost Advice is. Don't start a home based business for the tax deductions. The only valid, just and smart reason to start a home based business is to make a profit and to provide a living for yourself and your family.
Home based business's starts and success stories have soared over the years as the negative mystique of having a home based business has all but disappeared. With all of the advances of technology ranging from the Internet, laptops, e-mails, text messaging and cell phones you can now have a virtual office anywhere. In fact, the last statistic I saw in Gwinnett County indicated that nearly one-third of all of the local business's were home based.
Posted 5/6/13 at 1:28 PM | John Dillard
Atlanta CPA Says.... Taxpayers Can Gain Tax Penalty Abatement
Tax Representation is not for those who choose to represent themselves as just as Believers have Jesus Christ to be an Advocate with us with our Heavenly Father (Job 16:19), so should all taxpayers seek to work with a CPA who is well versed with tax representation issues. Recently we had the opportunity to retain a new client who had utilized the services of someone who was not a CPA nor familiar with IRS tax representation issues. Though it took some number of months to address adjudicate the issue, we received notification that the IRS abated over $26, 000 in Tax Penalties that had previously been assessed a taxpayer.
Posted 5/1/13 at 12:20 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Dr. Jerry Rankin
“But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:15-16
Classical Christian writers often focused on the matter of holiness and the Spirit-filled life, but we seldom dwell on the issues of a sanctified life. We tend to relegate it to the theological realm of our salvation. Knowing that we were saved and cleansed by the blood of Christ, spiritually we are “saints” who are holy or “set apart” in the eyes of God. But that theological reality doesn’t necessarily translate into practical attitudes and behavior.
We tend to think of holiness as an unattainable level of perfection, something to strive for but impossible in this world. In fact, we have gone so far in our perception that it is not really desirable. We think to be holy it is necessary to be cloistered in a monastery isolated from the real world, or it is a weird personality trait of someone who carries around a big Bible and speaks in “thees” and thous.”
Why would the Bible exhort us to be holy if it is something we could not do. If it is just theoretical or automatic for a born-again Christian why would we be admonished with the responsibility to walk in holiness. If it means to be “separated” how do we live in the world but be separated and not of the world. Does it mean we are so God-centered that we can’t even enter into a conversation with our buddies about hunting, fishing, ball scores or the latest television sit-com? FULL POST
Posted 5/1/13 at 9:02 AM | John Dillard |
Atlanta CPA on Incorporating Your New Entrepreneurial Business
Now that you have started a new business and now need tax advice to take your business to the next level and to ensure that you set up as the correct/best legal entity type for your new Georgia business. Choosing to incorporate your business as a corporation will do much to protect your personal assets from legal liability issues while potentially shrinking your overall year-end tax obligation while also providing benefits for yourself, as well as your employees. We are here to serve you as you make this important decision. Over the decades we have helped thousands pursue the dream of owning their own business and helping them understand and utilize the entity choice that is best-suited for their business.
Posted 5/1/13 at 8:59 AM | John Dillard
Atlanta CPA Advises America's Taxpayers on IRS Representation Issues
Working with the IRS is not for the faint hearted or ill advised. The Bible teaches us throughout its text that we should seek the wise counsel of others and then to be and get the help of disciples who are willing to help lead us down the right path. Seek good Godly counsel from the best professionals you can find as it will pay many long term dividends. Having Served in the United States as a CPA for decades I have learned again and again that seeking wise counsel is the beginning to wisdom. Therefore working with a CPA who is well versed in IRS Representation issues is your best option in dealing with the IRS towards successful IRS negotiation. The below is a sample letter a CPA/Tax Attorney might use to send to the IRS to begin to address open IRS tax issues. Though many issues on the surface may appear simple, their successful resolution is very rarely, if ever, a quick and easy process.
Posted 4/30/13 at 2:17 PM | Phil Cooke
Research from the Change Anything organization indicates that motivating people to change their habits or behavior is a real challenge, but there are two important keys. If you’re leading a team, or influencing someone (or some group), genuine, lasting change happens when:
1) They think it’s worth it. In other words, the benefits of change outweigh not changing. Remember, they assume change is a painful process and they need to know there will be a significant benefit on the other side.
2) They can actually do what’s required. Most people are unsure they have the skills or knowledge to change, so they give up or don’t start.
So the lesson for leaders is two fold – You have to pitch the case for the change so people see the value and want to get onboard. Then, make sure they have the skill set to make it happen.
Provide the vision and teach the skills. That’s the keys to being a real change agent.
Are there people or groups you could apply this thinking to today?>
Posted 4/29/13 at 10:46 AM | Phil Cooke
Remember when your mom talked about hanging out with the wrong crowd? As usual, mom was right. When it comes to influencing others, our environment – both people we’re with, and places we are, make a big difference. For instance, research indicates that apartment dwellers who live closer to the steps than the elevators are in better physical shape. Apartment dwellers closer to the mailbox know more people, because that’s where the people hang out. Similar research randomly handed out free (but stale) popcorn to movie theater patrons. In spite of the nasty, stale popcorn, the movie patrons with bigger popcorn buckets ate 53% more popcorn than people with little buckets.
The bottom line is that with any group you’re trying to influence, consider the environment. What changes could happen with your team if you re-arranged the office? Put people in different locations? What about the city you live in? Are you taking advantage of the unique aspects of that geographic location?
In fact, how can you alter your environment, so that making bad choices becomes much more difficult? Influencing people, employees, congregations, and even cultures isn’t that difficult when you learn the factors that cause them to make poor decisions. FULL POST
Posted 4/25/13 at 11:21 AM | Phil Cooke
Today, far too many job hunters are leaving out one of the most essential skills for a successful career: creativity. As a result, talk to a typical job hunter, and chances are, they’re doing the same things as everyone else: getting the right degree, attending job fairs, networking events, and scouring the Internet. But if you’re doing the same exact thing as everyone else, that simply means you fight enormous competition.
In researching and writing my book: “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do,” I discovered a powerful key to getting noticed in the job market today: being unique, standing out, and becoming different from the pack. That’s why my recommendation to job hunters today is to get the kind of unique experience that makes you very attractive, but you can’t actually find in most workplaces today – the kind of experience that nonprofit organizations have in abundance. FULL POST
Posted 4/24/13 at 9:24 PM | Prayer Concerns
The following celebrities have birthdays today. Please pray for them to be guided by the Holy Spirit and to serve God with a pure heart. Pray that their actions will glorify God and that Christ's love will flow from their lives into their families, friends, neighbors and coworkers lives.
Postscript: If you have any friends on Facebook with birthdays today, consider praying for them on their birthday. FULL POST