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Calendar January 2019 January 10th Executive Committee Meeting Chamber Conference Room, Spirit River Center 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Chairman: Virginia Watterson, Massey Insurance January 11th Ambassador Committee Meeting Chamber Conference Room, Spirit River Center 16010 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Chairman: Wendy Ramey, Agio Real Estate
Gini Watterson January 30th 2018 General Membership Luncheon Apple Valley Golf Course Check-in begins at 11:15 a.m. Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 5200 Rancherias Rd., Apple Valley, CA 92307
February 2019 February 1st Government Relations Committee Meeting Chamber Conference Room, Spirit River Center 16010 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley Noon – 1:00 pm Chairman: Pat Orr, Little Caesars
January 15th Board of Directors Meeting Chamber Conference Room, Spirit River Center 16010 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Chairman: Virginia Watterson, Massey Insurance
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5 Signs Your Company is in Trouble
By T. Faye Griffin, Managing Editor
Another iconic store will fade into retail history when Kmart on Bear Valley shutters its doors in March. The big boxes aren’t the only business struggling to stay afloat. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 95% of small businesses fail within the first five years. Sadly, it’s the sign of the times. But don’t despair. Whether your company is a large chain, mid-sized franchise outlet, or a small home-based business, you can lower the risk of a similar fate by simply raising your awareness. It pays to pay attention. Here are five telltale signs that your company might be headed for trouble: #1 - SLUGGISH CASH FLOW • Expenses greater than income? Unable to meet monthly obligations? Insufficient capital is a serial business killer. #2 - REVOLVING DOOR SYNDROME • Had more than one employee ghost you? High employee turnover rate signals that trouble may be afoot. #3 - STANDING OUT IN A CROWD • Got a string of bad reviews online? Crowd-sourced review forums such as Yelp can make or break you. #4 - TUNNEL VISION • Catering to one type of customer or only offering one product/ service? You are possibly headed for a downfall. #5 - RICKETY RECORDS • Recordkeeping is paramount. If your records are not up-to-date, it is impossible to accurately forecast cash flow.
TIPS TO GET YOUR BUSINESS BACK ON TRACK
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• Increase cash flow by collecting outstanding debts, selling off excess stock, or discontinuing profit-eating discounts. • Establish/reinforce open and honest communication with your staff. Consider a roundtable to discuss issues or installing a suggestion box for anonymous feedback.
• Respond immediately (and diplomatically) to bad reviews online. Offer to make amends—even if your company was not in error.
• Cultivate new customers and diversify goods and/or services. Variety is not only the spice of life; it can bring life to your business. • Engage a accountant.
Certainly there are many more factors than can contribute to the failure of a business. But in every case, the sooner the risk is identified and addressed, the better chance a business has to buck the trend.
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CHAMPIONS CORNER FIVE REASONS AMBASSADORS VOLUNTEER Anita Holmes (California Writer’s Club) “I love it because it gives me a chance to brag on the community and to learn about the fascinating people who live and work here. I love it.” Ambassador
Depezynski (High Desert Shuttle) sees volunteering as being equal parts professional and personal. “It is a gateway into the community. It plugs you into the chamber and the community at large. We spend a lot of time together. We refer business to one another. It’s like having a group of friends who are concerned about you and your business.” “When I started my jewelry business I wanted to keep my finger on the pulse of the community,” says Irene Gaulke (Daily Press). “Also, I had been looking for a place to give back to the community. Being an ambassador let’s me do both.” More than 10 years after being recruited to be an ambassador, Jackie Bounce (Bounce Realty) still loves the friendly atmosphere and the flexibility it affords her schedule. “You can choose what you want to do--help out at meetings, ribbon cuttings, events. For Richard Bounce (Bounce Realty), serving on the Ambassador committee is a family affair. Inspired by his wife’s longtime involvement he jumped in with both feet hasn’t looked back. “Not only is a good way to promote your business, it’s a way to invest in the community and help people in need with fundraisers like the golf tournament.” Interested in volunteering? Attend the next Ambassador committee meeting on January 11th at 12 noon in the Chamber conference room, 16010 Apple Valley Road.
How do I determine what tech is best for my small business? Start with the end in mind. What is it that you want to accomplish? Once you have identified your need, determine whether the main priority is to: a) CREATE operational efficiency b) SAVE money c) GENERATE income This will greatly assist when establishing a budget and help in deciding whether to go with a free basic solution, low-mid range “templated” solution, or invest in something more robust and customizable that can be adapted as your business grows. Other things to consider: • How user-friendly is the tool? • How easy it is to reach and receive good customer support? • Will you have to purchase and install a program on dedicated device? Or will the tool be accessible from anywhere via secure login?
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Chairman Virginia Watterson does the honors of introducing the artist behind the new stained glass mural in our chamber conference room, “Bell Mountain in Apple Valley, a convoy of CA Quails, CA Poppies, Hummingbirds, Choa and Yucca Cactus” by Ursula Beeson.
Orlando Acevedo stands in total observance during the luncheon program.
Lin Ahmed elatedly accepts new member plaque on behalf of Encore Education Corporation.
The bonus feature to this lunch meeting was Encore’s string ensemble serenading us with the beautiful sounds of “A Christmas Medley” in open-air
Photos By Chris Ackerman
Members and friends came home for Christmas to a lovely layout of great food catered by the Siam Thai Cuisine.
It was a cozy, intimate and home-like atmospheres for our guests to interconnect with each other out by the crackling fireplace.
These folks came to hear the good news and are completely captivated.
The guys giving their undivided attention to the lead speaker of the event.
What better way to spread holiday cheer than with these fun and festively dressed ladies?
Virginia Watterson & Chris Ackerman hit the scene dressed for the holiday occasion.
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Cheerful ambassador Wendy Ramey of Agio Real Estate superintends the raffle portion of the luncheon.
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Employers: W-2s Due January 31 Reprint with permission of CalChamber
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds employers and other businesses of the January 31 filing deadline that now applies to filing Form W-2 wage statements and independent contractor forms. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 started a requirement for employers to file their copies of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the Social Security Administration by January 31. Certain Forms 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, filed with the IRS to report non-employee compensation to independent contractors are also due at this time. Such payments are reported in box 7 of this form. The IRS can more efficiently verify income that individuals report on their tax returns because of the January 31 deadline; this helps prevent fraud. File these forms correctly and timely to avoid penalties. IRS e-file is the quickest, most accurate and convenient way to file these forms. Pointers to help filers prepare As always, employers are also required to distribute copies of the Form W-2 to their employees on January 31.
Act now to get ready for the filing season by making sure that: • Your company’s account information is current and active with the Social Security Administration. •You have correct employee information. •You have enough copies of the forms you will need, if you use paper forms. Consider the advantages of filing your forms electronically (accuracy, speed, convenience). Automatic extensions of time to file Forms W-2 are not available. The IRS will grant extensions only for very specific reasons. Details can be found on the instructions for Form 8809, Application for Time to File Information Returns. For more information, read the instructions for Forms W-2 & W-3 and the Information Return Penalties page at IRS.gov.
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