Paul Zindrick of Black Dog Consulting – Building Brands for Athletes and Entertainers

Betsy, a 13-year-old black lab, had no idea that one day a small business would be named after her. When entrepreneur Paul Zindrick launched Black Dog Consulting, LLC, this hypothetical became a reality. Zindrick’s consulting agency is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area in California where he resides. It was formally set up in November 2012 and consists of a business partner and a few contractors. Black Dog Consulting assists clients with their branding, marketing, business development, and public relations needs. Zindrick specializes in working with drivers and

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Need a Small Business Loan? Your Options May Be Limited

Entrepreneurs exploring options on funding a small business often turn to bank loans as an effective way for them to get initial capital to pay back once they have income flowing in. However, a recent report from The Wall Street Journal indicates that while there’s been slight growth in small business lending, the numbers are not very promising. Small Business Lending Showing Minimal Growth At the conclusion of the first quarter of 2014 from January through March, banks held about $585 billion in small business commercial loans. While this is

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Imparting Knowledge & Skills Through Online Education

Entrepreneur Kelley Chrouser has worked in online education since the advent of the Internet. Thanks to her more than two decades of experience, she thought it was the perfect time in her career to go into business on her own and enjoy the great benefits to self-employment. A client of 1800Accountant, Chrouser proudly serves as the owner of Learning on the Edge, Inc. The home-based small business is headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and was formally set up in April 2014. Chrouser explains what exactly her

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It’s Your Captain Speaking: What Can Flight Crews Deduct?

Pilots and flight crew members spend their days and nights in the sky to make our trips as convenient and comfortable as possible. But even though they are 35,000 feet in the air, the IRS and Uncle Sam still keep them in mind when it comes to tax-saving opportunities. In honor of National Aviation Day, let’s explore some of the tax deductions for pilots and flight crew members: Work Clothing/Uniform Expenses In general, the expenses related to pilot and flight crew member uniforms are fully tax deductible. According to the

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8 Personal Finance Tips You Should Have in Your Back Pocket

Managing personal finances is no easy task, unless you’re an economist or have lots of time to devote to this process. Fortunately, there are some simple strategies you can use to ensure your finances are in order and keep more of the hard-earned income you make each year. Check out these 8 personal finance tips for your back pocket: 1. Track your expenses each month – Be cognizant of what you are spending your money on each month. We all have bills to pay like electric, water, phone, and Internet,

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Cheryl Ketchens Makes Caregiving a Little Easier through Her Small Business

Caregiving for elderly parents can be an extremely emotional, time-consuming, financially draining, and life-altering endeavor. 1800Accountant client Cheryl Ketchens decided to design a small business that could help ease the stresses of those in these situations. In September of 2012, Ketchens formally set up WellnessIsPower.com, LLC in Jackson, Michigan where she resides. The company is based right out of her home where she can remotely deliver most of her services. Ketchens is a Coach Training Alliance Certified Coach (CTACC). With her small business, she offers services primarily specific to female

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A Lowdown on Deducting Summer Job Search Expenses

The task of looking for a summer job and then actually landing a gig can be like having a full-time job all by itself. There is some good news on this front, though, as you may be able to write off some of the costs you incur that are associated with searching for and finding a summer job when filing your taxes with the IRS. What Costs Can You Claim? Travel is a major aspect of finding a job. Some job seekers apply at places around the block, while others

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Could Big Corporate Mergers & Tax Inversions Be Fading Out?

The corporate landscape is not always extremely stable. Large corporations fold up, small businesses make it big, companies merge, and so much more goes on each and every day in the business world. Some recent trends this week have been a perfect representation of these changes. But some experts believe they may be a larger part of a shift in the corporate environment. 2 Major Corporate Mergers a No-Go During the first half of 2014, corporate mergers were at their highest level since 2007. The annualized merger pace was running

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How Bikers Celebrate Aging with the Sons of Arthritis

One day, a couple’s 12-year-old son watched as his step-dad and his biker buddies, a group of middle-aged men, sped off on their motorcycles. The young man looked at his mother and said, “Instead of the Sons of Anarchy, they’re the Sons of Arthritis!” Little did he know his step-dad would run with this name and launch a highly successful small business that literally spans the globe. Entrepreneurs Stan Dorak and his wife, Mary Thory, formally registered Sons of Arthritis, LLC in February 2014. But they had been doing business

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5 Money-saving Tips for Back-to-School Shopping

Back-to-school shopping is in full force in many parts of the country. Parents are loading up their shopping carts with notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, glue, and all the essentials to ensure their kidlets are prepared for the upcoming school year. To help you reduce your back-to-school shopping bill, here are a few money-saving tips to consider: – Take advantage of sales tax holidays. This year, 15 U.S. states have confirmed that they are offering sales tax holidays before the school year kicks off for back-to-school shopping. These states include: -

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