Startup Story: A Special Delivery for Teachers

Mary DeRosa of Austin, Texas wanted to do something special for teachers. After spending several years teaching at the elementary level, she became familiar with the stressors teachers face on a daily basis – and knew what it would take to put smiles on the faces of both the teachers and the students. So DeRosa – with the help of her business and life partner, Robby Lee – came up with ElementaryBox, LLC. The pair runs ElementaryBox out of their home office. “ElementaryBox is a monthly subscription service for elementary

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Protecting Your Wallet: Tax Tips for Police Officers

Law enforcement officers serve a vital role in every community by keeping us safe and protecting us from harm. However, when it comes to finances, police officers should consider implementing some handy tax strategies to protect and keep more of their hard-earned money. 1-800Accountant offers up the following tax tips for police officers who work as employees for an agency or do off-duty work on their own: Claim unreimbursed employee expenses. If you are a law enforcement officer who works as a W-2 employee for a particular police agency, you

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Bringing a Coffee House to a Historic Downtown District

After noticing a lack of classic coffee shops in the historic district of Troy, Missouri, Nancy Wyatt and her family took the plunge and decided to take matters into their own hands to fill this void. In December of 2014, the Wyatts formally established Roasted Bean, LLC. In addition to Nancy, the team includes her husband, Randy, their daughter, Kristen Glenn, and her husband, Justin. The coffee shop resides in a building built in the 1920s that the Wyatts are renovating. The Roasted Bean will serve pastries, donuts, and muffins in the morning. Then,

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Military Wife Finds Startup Success with Leather Goods

Lily Grillo’s husband is serving in the military overseas. She is also the proud mother of two young boys. While many military wives in her shoes might feel overwhelmed, Grillo did not hesitate at all to pursue her dream of startup success. Grillo, who is a client of 1-800Accountant, operates her own small business known as Grillo Unlimited, LLC. She formally launched the home-based enterprise in February 2015 in Flemington, New Jersey. Through the new startup company, Grillo intends to sell leather-based products for both men and women. Her selection

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Do You Owe the IRS a Nonprofit Tax Return This Week?

There seems to be an assumption out there that because nonprofit organizations do not incur traditional taxes like LLCs or corporations do, their owners are not responsible for any filings with the IRS whatsoever. This is a false assumption – and don’t get caught in a trap thinking it’s true. If you own a tax-exempt nonprofit organization like a 501(c)3, there is an important filing deadline coming up at the end of this week on May 15, 2015. Even though tax-exempt nonprofit organizations are not responsible for traditional tax payments,

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Startup Story: Making the Thin Blue Line More Visible

The “thin blue line” is a symbol representing fallen law enforcement officers and is also a visualization to symbolize how police officers protect citizens from criminals. Based on this symbol and concept, Renee Heiss decided to explore entrepreneurship with her son-in-law, Adam Veltre, who is a longtime corrections officer in New Jersey to form their own small business. Headquartered in Tabernacle, New Jersey, the business partners officially created Blue Line Customs, LLC in February 2015. They can both run the startup directly out of their home offices by combining their skills

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Using Talavera Pottery to Spread the Artistic Mexican Culture

Entrepreneur Lorena Flores loves her hometown of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. So she decided to launch her own small business reselling Mexican-based artisan crafts in order to spread the artistic culture of her native land. Flores is the proud founder and CEO of Flor de Lis, LLC in Fairfax, Virginia. She formally registered the home-based business in October 2014. Flor de Lis resells a variety of artisan crafts, primarily specializing in offering unique Talavera pottery made in Mexico. “I import these items and resell them on Amazon,” Flores explains. “The artisans

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5 Ways to Improve the Image of Your Small Business

The image of how a small business is presented to the public is incredibly important. In order to gain customers, investors, and even employees, an enterprise must be perceived in the most positive light possible. To help you improve your venture, 1-800Accountant offers up the following 5 ways on improving the image of your small business for National Business Image Improvement Month: 1. Adopt a formal entity structure (e.g., LLC or S corporation). While it doesn’t have anything to do with how people visually see your small business, the type

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Achieving Startup Success By Promoting Physical Health

Patricia Florez of Miami, Florida is not new to small business ownership. Having tried her hand in real estate, designing, as well as soap and accessory businesses, Florez picked a winner with M3LT Fitness, LLC. Formally established in January of 2015, Florez works as the sole mastermind of M3LT Fitness out of her home office. Through M3LT Fitness, the entrepreneur provides for her clients the tools they need to achieve success with their health goals. “I work with men and women — mostly women — to provide a healthy lifestyle

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How Can Your IRS Tax Refund Benefit Your Small Business?

If you filed your taxes with the IRS on time this year and were due back money in the form of a tax refund, there’s a good chance you have received that refund check by now – either via direct-deposit or in your mailbox. So, if you got back the average refund amount, which is generally over $3,000, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with this extra cash. Are you an established small business owner? An aspiring entrepreneur? If so, it’s highly recommended that you put this

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