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Update Your Rule Book Month
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Last month I was invited to present at the “CEO Briefings” program put on by Newport Board Group. I talked about two key ways to make the most from your sales. One rule was only go for the best. The second rule was to use the first rule to create a Sales Playbook that everyone plays by.
There are some other rules that would inspire others to work with you. I have put the golden rules of Networking in my latest post. Throughout this month, I will be sharing other rules you can put in your business growth playbook.
In April we also have some great mentors who will share their best practices and rules. Many are free. Go here for more information and be sure to RSVP.
- This is the time for conferences and conventions. There are some networking rules that will help you make the most of more exposure. I will be talking about “Convention Networking” on April 3 at BOSS-Talks. Learn and apply.
- Content Cascade is what Brian Massey, the Conversion Doctor, says is the rule to follow for making the most of your content. Join him at our Bloggers United Network meetup and see how to make your content go further. Online April 14 from Noon-1PM CST. Open to non-members of the meetup.
- There’s no rule that you have to be depressed on IRS Day, April 15. Apply for our First Looks Mentoring program by April 5 and you can spend April 15 working on your business one-on-one with mentor experts. Download the application and read more
- Plans aren’t perfect but you should follow the rules when it comes to business and marketing strategic plans if you want money or sales. Learn how to make the rules work for you in our Owners MBA workshops and mentoring on Saturdays from 9-11AM, April 12 and 26.
- Because everyone needs a “First Success”. . .and then a next success, and a next, and a next. Peter Duff, Partner in Newport Board Group, will share the rules with you on what to do AFTER you stop being a startup, Online or in person at 5:30PM on April 15. Co-sponsored by Lee & Hayes, pllc.
- There are key rules when it comes to working with the media. Join our B2B Inspiration meeting for a conversation with Austin Business Journal’s Managing Editor, Gregg Barr. Time and date: April 28, Noon-1 PM CST. Online. Open to non-members of the meetup.
And be sure to check out rules below that will keep your business safe from cyber criminals and scams. There is a really bad one for Central Texas right now and the Austin Business Journal (our guest this month) listed one about cyber hackers going for your e-filed tax returns. Definitely worth reading.
Check out your newsletter for other great events including a special cruise where you can learn and burn (Roatan, Belize City, and Cozumel in October. Special discount code is Owners MBA).
You also may want to attend:
- BizWomen Mentoring program April 7 sponsored by the Austin Business Journal (7-9AM)
- Austin Inventors & Entrepreneurs Association April 7 “Do it fast and do it cheap” with serial entrepreneur Jean Anne Booth (6-8PM)
- “How to Overcome Obstacles for Entrepreneurs” (part of Financial Fitness Greater Austin) April 23 from 1:30-3:30 sponsored by PeopleFund in Austin. Free. Watch for details on Innovation Week in May.
- Austin MD Magazine’s Health & Wellness Fair April 26 — you might want to be a sponsor as well as attend (ask for Grace)
- WordCamp Austin April 26-27 for all you WordPress users beginners through developers. Austin has the largest number of people worldwide who belong to one of the four WordPress Meetup groups. The BSC recommends WordPress for websites that owners can manage pretty much themselves for small stuff once they are completed and up.
Here’s to your success!
Jan Triplett, CEO
Take Action to Protect Your Business from Cyber Terrorists & Scams
(From information provided by the Better Business Bureau)
Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin warns dog lovers to be cautious when responding to online or newspaper classified advertising. Commonly, a scammer—posing as a breeder—will place an ad offering free or inexpensive puppies. Communicating solely through emails, the scammer may claim they are moving to a foreign country and need to “re-home” the puppies.
Consumers may be taken in by the sincerity of the scammers. The con artist may say that they don’t care about money and just want to find a good home for their beloved puppies. Then, the scammers will ask for fees to cover shipping or re-homing the pet.
Tips to Avoid Email Scams:
Spot common email scams no matter the circumstances, by following these tips:
- Don’t believe what you see. Scammers can easily copy a real business’ colors, logo and even email address.
- Hover over links to check their source. Place your mouse over hyper-linked text and the true destination will appear.
- Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar emails.
- Beware of pop-ups. Some pop-ups are designed to look like they’ve originated from your computer. If you see a pop-up that warns of a problem that needs to be fixed with an extreme level of urgency, it may be a scam.
- Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails often are riddled with typos.
- Ignore calls for immediate action. Scam emails try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Don’t fall for it.
For More Information
To find out more about scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper.
Insider Fraud & Embezzlement Issues
The Business Success Center recommends that you
- Bookmark the following: Better Business Bureau — for scams, alerts, to check out charities and nonprofits who want your money. Be sure to bookmark their consumer alert site as well as business.
Computer Security Institute — for research on cyber criminal activity, surveys that you can participate in to gather data, and more. Read the latest information they have on scams and worse.
- Take action to protect yourself from becoming a victim of Business Identity Theft™!
- Take action to protect others as well.
- Encourage and engage with providers and allies to do so, too. United we stand, divided we fail.
Please also read Jan Triplett’s post because small and medium businesses are now cyber terrorists favorite targets.
Financial Matters — April Tax Dates
The following are some of the important tax filings for this month. They are taken from the IRS Tax Calendar for Small Business. We recommend you consult your tax professional for their applicability to your business, additional filings you may need to make, and advice.
|We||2||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Mar 26-28 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Fr||4||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Mar 29-Apr 1 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|We||9||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Apr 2-4 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Th||10||Employers: Employees are required to report to you tips of $20 or more earned during March.|
|Fr||11||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Apr 5-8 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Tu||15||Individuals: File Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. For automatic 6-month extension file Form 4868 and deposit estimated tax. Pay the first installment of 2014 estimated tax.|
|Tu||15||Partnerships: File Form 1065 and furnish a copy of Sch. K-1 to each partner.|
|Tu||15||Electing Large Partnerships: File Form 1065-B calendar year return.|
|Tu||15||Household Employers: File Sch. H with Form 1040 if you paid $1,800 or more to a household employee.|
|Tu||15||Corporations: Deposit the first installment of your 2014 estimated tax.|
|Tu||15||Employers: Deposit payroll tax for Mar. if the monthly deposit rule applies.|
|Th||17||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Apr 9-11 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Mo||21||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Apr 12-15 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|We||23||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Apr 16-18 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Fr||25||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Apr 19-22 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|We||30||File Form 720 for the first quarter.|
|We||30||File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during March.|
|We||30||File Form 2290 and pay the tax on vehicles first used in March.|
|We||30||Employers: File Form 941 for the first quarter.|
|We||30||Deposit FUTA tax owed through Mar if more than $500.|
|We||30||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Apr 23-25 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
Small Business Regulations & Protections
Crowdfunding proposed changes provokes a reaction from the SBA’s office of Advocacy. Read more in our Politics section of the website.
Business & Entrepreneurs History
(from Where Did She Get All those Dates Anyway by Michelle Carlson and About.com Inventors)
- April 2, 1889 Charles Hall patented an inexpensive method for the production of aluminum,
- April 5, 1881 Houston and Thomson were granted a patent for a centrifugal separator – the creamer.
- April 6, 1869 Isaac Hodgson received patent #88,711 for the “roller skate”.
- April 8, 1766 The first fire escape was patented.
- April 10, 1849 Walter Hunt patented the first safety pin.
- April 15, 1997 Bertram Burke received a patent for an automatic philanthropic contribution system called the MILLIONAIRE’S CLUB.
- April 21, 1828 Noah Webster published the first American dictionary.
- April 22, 1864 The US minted the first coin with “In God We Trust” on it. And same day in 1955, Congress declared all coins would have this minted on them.
- April 24, 1907 “Anchors Aweigh” the march and two-step by Chas. A. Zimmerman was copyrighted.
- April 25, 1961 Robert Noyce was granted a patent for a semi-conductor device-and-lead structure, the integrated circuit otherwise known as the chip. Noyce was the co-founder of the Intel Corporation.
- April 26, 1892 Sarah Boone patented an ironing board.
Check out this month’s business anniversaries and special offers at Client News
Congratulate them on a job well done. You’ll find the list in our Client News Section. We’ve also included special offers our clients want you to know about.
Business URLs Worth Bookmarking
Thomas.gov — Federal Legislation
Texas Legislature Online — New state laws
Governor’s Office of Economic Development & Tourism — Texas Business Research Data